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Android 5.0 now rolling out for the Nexus 4

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Android 5.0 has arrived for the Nexus 4

Android 5.0 has arrived for the Nexus 4

Just a few days ago we told you it was coming, and now Nexus 4 owners can update their stock Android handset to Android 5.0, by navigating their phone to the system update options. The update weighs in at about 400MB, and you should find a nice, strong Wi-Fi connection before downloading and installing Android 5.0. By the same token, you should make sure that your battery is charged to at least 50% before you start the process.

The update is being sent out on a staggered basis, so if Android 5.0 hasn't hit your Nexus 4 yet, don't jump. Just be a little patient, and before you know it, the latest build of Google's open source OS will be powering your phone.

You must have 500MB of free memory in order to install the update, and of course, rooted phones cannot download or install it unless a clean, stock version of Android is flashed. If you do install the update on your Nexus 4, let us know by dropping your comments in the box below.

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posted on 16 Nov 2014, 16:26 4

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2064; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


If only Xposed worked on Lollip0p. :(

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 16:34

2. Planterz (Posts: 2034; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I'm crossing my fingers, but I'm not getting my hopes up. I could probably live without Xposed on my Nexus 4, especially if custom ROMs include the features I want that certain Xposed modules offer. But I wouldn't want to run my Samsungs without Xposed. Touchwiz is frustrating enough even with Xposed cleaning it up; without would be unbearable.

I've been trying the L preview from time to time, and while I love the way it runs (hard to describe, it just feels better), it's glitchy and apps crash. Gonna flash the official L soon when I get the chance, maybe tonight after my short shift at work.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 16:55

3. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


What's the criterion used staggering the OTA update? I guess that device order of manufacturing is not it, since my 5, bought on the day of launch, usually gets updated a couple of weeks after the start of the rollout. Thoughts?

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 19:21 2

10. throwaway (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Nov 2014)


One of the Google engineers stated that they have a staggered rollout for each device over the course of about a week. So, on day 1 they update 1% of all devices in the wild, day 2 they shoot for 5% of all devices to be updated, day 3 10%, etc. with the final days going from 50 - 100% of all devices having the update. Its random chance when your phone calls in for updates, and doesn't change until the next update "period" (i.e. next day).

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 17:11

4. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


All the more reason for me to buy a Nexus 4, now that its price for the 16 GB model is about the same price as a Redmi 1S

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 22:29

13. Planterz (Posts: 2034; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


It's still a very capable phone, and blows most "budget" phones away despite being the same cost, and 2 years old.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 17:33 2

5. imkyle (Posts: 1071; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I'm still waiting on my Nexus 5.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 18:08 1

6. Sauce2 (banned) (Posts: 199; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Likewise. I can't wait any longer :'(

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 08:30

15. tokuzumi (Posts: 946; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


The OTA files are all over the internet. They are super easy to flash via your computer. You will not lose any data or apps. I did this with my Nexus 5, and my Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013).

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 18:41

7. mturby (unregistered)


The rest of samsung, lg and some others brands users dont have to wait. Because it will never come (unless u have a very expensive and recent phone like note 3, 4 or S4 or 5. They will stick with a 2 years old os. Unlike Apple.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 18:47 2

8. imkyle (Posts: 1071; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Samsung Galaxy Nexus did not get updated passed 4.3 Eventually you do need to upgrade to a new phone. My dad's iPhone 4 is not going to get updated to IOS 8 and my 2 year old iPod touch is not getting IOS 8 ether. Eventually technology does get outdated.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 18:57

9. mturby (unregistered)


yes, but how quick?

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 20:23 1

11. SuperAndroid507 (Posts: 255; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Already flashed it. Be prepared for a Jelly Bean launcher. Still playing with it and no "wow" found yet.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 20:37

12. tyger11 (Posts: 133; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Yeah, I went from CM11 to Lollipop on my N5, and I had forgotten how lame the stock launcher is. I need to find a replacement ASAP, because this thing is barely customizable, and has hardly any features at all compared to the CM launcher. *sigh*

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 23:58

14. Gsmalltheway (Posts: 174; Member since: 15 Aug 2009)


the nexus 4 is on groupon right now for like 149

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 10:32

16. DnB925Art (Posts: 962; Member since: 23 May 2013)


So how is the battery life of the Nexus 4 with the Lollipop update? I'm debating between the Nexus 4 or a 2013 Moto G LTE version as a cheapie play around phone.

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