Android 5.0 now rolling out 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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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

If only Xposed worked on Lollip0p. :(

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

3. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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?

10. throwaway

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 16, 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).

4. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 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

13. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

5. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I'm still waiting on my Nexus 5.

6. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

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

15. tokuzumi

Posts: 1948; Member since: Aug 27, 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).

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.

8. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

9. mturby unregistered

yes, but how quick?

11. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

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

12. tyger11

Posts: 297; Member since: Oct 29, 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*

14. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

the nexus 4 is on groupon right now for like 149

16. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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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