Android 7.0 Nougat can be unofficially installed on the Google Nexus 4

Android 7.0 Nougat can be unofficially installed on the Google Nexus 4
A few days back, it was revealed that the new Android 7.0 Nougat had made its way to the Google Nexus 5. Not in an official sense, of course, for the Big G left the antiquated handset out of the reckoning with its most recent firmware update. The Android hacking community, as usual, had other ideas, and has outdone itself once more with a port of the latest flavor of Android to the Nexus 4.

Once again, the dedicated users over at XDA-Developers have found a way to furnish the nearly four-year-old smartphone with the just-released Android update. A device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB RAM and 2100 mAh battery, it seems a far cry from the flagship handsets of today. Back in its time, though, it was a real winner, and to have it running Nougat today is a credit to the handset and those working on the port. 

As with the Nexus 5, the build is not completely plain sailing. In fact, it's said to be a rough ride with frequent crashes, while features like the NFC, accelerometer and GPS are non-functional. There are some crumbs of comfort, though: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hardware acceleration are among the features apparently working. 

As you might have gathered, the port is very much a work in progress, and should not be flashed on your Nexus 4 if it's a daily driver. If, however, you have this relic of a smartphone collecting dust in a drawer somewhere, here's a welcome opportunity to rejuvenate it. 

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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. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Have it right now...somewhat buggy,but proves Nexus phones will. Live. FOREVER.

2. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

To me, I always thought the Nexus 4 was a beautiful phone. The only thing holding me back was the lack of "official" LTE on T-Mobile (yeah I know you could hack it to go on band 12). I liked the look of the glass back and the way it shimmered. It'll be interesting to see once how this runs on Nougat when they get most of the issues sorted out.

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

There isn't too much wrong actually! Ofc not stable but decent for an initial release. I'm going back to chroma till it becomes more stable

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Only band 4 LTE. Since T-Mobile was the only major US provider selling the Nexus 4, they requested band 4 LTE. But T-Mobile didn't have LTE yet (or it wasn't wide spread), so it was never enabled (outside of hacking it). Band 12 wasn't around at all yet. AT&T and some carriers throughout the Americas also use band 4. I don't know why it was never officially enabled, or why only band 4.

6. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

I agree. It was a beautiful phone. The only problem was that it was only available on T-Mobile.

8. Subie

Posts: 2414; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You mean you couldn't get it at the Play store?

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Wasn't I just saying yesterday (or the day before) that the Nexus 4 would still get N ROMs? The Nexus 4 will keep going through O and P and probably the rest of the alphabet. There's still a lot of hard core fans of this phone, since it'll still do anything you want (except last all day) and is nice and small unlike most flagships.

7. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

That's gives me hope for my one m8...


Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

That "crumbs of comfort" line gave me a chuckle.. Who needs an accelerometer, NFC, or GPS anyway? With those parts disabled the performance is probably better and the battery life improved! That's a win-win to me.

10. yemkoid

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

No sign of Nougat builds for m8

11. YOURDADkid unregistered

But why you would install Android 7.0 Nougat unofficially to Nexus 4 OR any other device!!!!!!!! OEM makes the device and installs the best OS and features. Why someone would make changes in that to spoil it to just get couple of more features.

12. noospic

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 28, 2016

Very buggy but cool, same as the oneplus port. Hopefully developers continue this trend.

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