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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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