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Android L successfully ported to Nexus 4 – video overview bears all

Android L successfully ported to Nexus 4 – video overview bears all
It should come as no surprise that the wizards who frequent online communities like XDA Developers and elsewhere that the preview for Android L has been successfully installed on a Nexus 4.

The Nexus 4 will get the official Android update later this year, but the developer preview of the upgraded OS is only officially available for those with a Nexus 5 smartphone or Nexus 7 Wi-Fi (2013) tablet.

Just like cracking the combination to a bootloader on a locked down device though, it was just a matter of time before someone was able to take the system image and jam it into the previous generation Nexus device. The guys that did all the handy work and provided instructions along with a couple mirror sites to download the package.

Android L, being a developer preview, means “there are several bugs and development goes on.” The package available now is being dubbed the “initial version” for the Nexus 4. The devs who did the work, along with us here at PhoneArena.com remind you that giving this OS a whirl on your Nexus 4 device is at your own risk and you are solely responsible if you turn your Nexus 4 into a brick.

Now that we have that warning out of the way, expect the first boot to take about 20 minutes. Once installed, hopefully your experience will be like what is provided in the video below. It is tough to judge from just a three-and-a-half minute video, but things look pretty good for a “initial version.”



sources: XDA Developers and Links to mirror download sites: here and here

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posted on 06 Jul 2014, 14:34 1

1. garlic456 (Posts: 156; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


There are more than "a few bugs"

posted on 06 Jul 2014, 15:07 9

4. Maxwell.R (Posts: 166; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


...and that's why we said "several bugs"...

posted on 06 Jul 2014, 17:22

7. vincelongman (Posts: 1052; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Same as on the official Android L Dev Preview or iOS 8 Beta, since they are both not finished yet (but yea the xda port will defiantly have more)
Just wait for the official releases, where most bugs should be fixed by then (the Nexus 4 is also getting the official release as well)

posted on 06 Jul 2014, 14:34 7

2. uchihakurtz (Posts: 233; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


God bless all the developers at XDA Dev. With them, every (mostly popular) device has a chance on updates.

posted on 06 Jul 2014, 14:41 1

3. Bjray (Posts: 35; Member since: 29 May 2014)


You're welcome :)

posted on 06 Jul 2014, 16:09 1

5. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


That's great, the nexus owners will get the L later this year.
This means the rest of android users will get the L later Next Year.
That's why I love android because of the fast and reliable updates.

posted on 06 Jul 2014, 16:50 1

6. tedkord (Posts: 4507; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Sounds like you need some fast, reliable monkey butt cream.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 00:45 1

9. DnB925Art (Posts: 164; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Well, Motorola, Google Play Edition, and phones like the One Plus One will get Android L within a few weeks after official release, not just the Nexus phones. Only skinned Android phones, like Sense, TW, etc will get it later

posted on 06 Jul 2014, 19:02 3

8. Mreveryphone (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Can't wait to run this on my HD2!

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 10:30

11. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Lol HTC HD2 has no limits

Original: Bruce Wayne: "batman has no limits" The Dark Knight (2008)

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 00:50

10. XaErO (Posts: 139; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Nothing much is visible !!

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