Android 7.1 is now available on the Nexus 4 thanks to CyanogenMod 14

Android 7.1 is now available on the Nexus 4 thanks to CyanogenMod 14
Android is, without a doubt, one of the best mobile operating systems that has ever existed. The sheer amount of power and flexibility that the OS provides is simply second to none, and it's allowed for the creation of some of the best smartphones that we've ever seen. However, as great as Google's mobile platform is, one major issue that the OS has faced since its inception is software fragmentation. New builds of Android are released on a pretty regular basis, but not all Android-powered devices are updated at the rate or time that they should be. In fact, back in September of this year, Google announced that Lollipop is still the most widely used version of their operating system - despite it first being introduced back in 2014.

Even with this being the case, older handsets continue to get updated to new versions of Android thanks to custom ROMs. Although these may not be official updates directly from Google, it's still quite impressive as to just how dedicated some developers are to breathing new life into arguably old and outdated devices. Most recently, the folks over at Cyanogen released nightly builds of CyanogenMod 14 for the Google Nexus 4.


CM14 is based off of Android 7.1 Nougat, so the Nexus 4 now has access to all of the latest and greatest that Google's most recent OS update has to offer. Nightly builds do have a tendency to contain various bugs and glitches, but if you've got an old Nexus 4 lying around and are comfortable with the act of loading custom ROMs, you might as well tinker around with it and have some fun.

For those that want to be even more adventurous with the Nexus 4, Cyanogen has also released an experimental build of CM14 for the phone, but this one is likely to be even more unstable than the nightly builds that are also available. And, if you don't own a Nexus 4 but still want to get in on the Android 7.1 action, nightly builds have also be released for the LG G3, LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Xperia M, and more.

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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)

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30 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Within a month or two of release, we have several Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 versions of Android 7.1 that are pretty much daily driver ready (at least the Nexus 5 versions are). These are phones from 4-5 years ago without driver support and not on the latest hardware running it smoother than their initial release OS versions. Plus, they have every single feature possible and then some if the hardware supports it. Yet Samsung just started on the S6 version, hasn't released the S7 version, isn't going to release an S4 or S5 version for now and likely isn't going to for months. Sony hasn't gotten anything out either and they don't even theme their roms, LG is behind as well, Moto is at least visible on the scene, etc. Where do these companies keep throwing millions while people doing it as a fun side project can get much more done for less? Even Apple can't release a decent version of iOS for older devices and they have billions banked offshore. It is as if the whole phone market is run by idiots who can't seem to get anything done on time no matter how much money they throw into it.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because the guys who develop ROMs and modifications for phones do it for a hobby. Not saying I agree with how things are done, but a lot of it rides on the carriers as well. The way they see it, most people only stick with their phones for about two years.

9. dcwt2010

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

But that's the issue, the network shouldn't hold the cards. We need more Apple like control (ironically) on firmware updates so that the manufacturer can push out updates without delay.

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That is just misdirection and BS, the carriers are a problem but when the ROM isn't even out for the unlocked variants, what the hell can you blame carriers for?

16. logicsdude

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

The problem with the carriers is that they don't *want* you to spend more than 2 years with a phone. They stop the updates so that you have to upgrade to get the latest version.

21. aegislash

Posts: 1465; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

What do you mean when you say the carriers stop the updates? If the OEM chooses to stop providing updates for a device after two years, the carriers can't really do anything about that.

29. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But that still doesn't change the fact that Carriers are notorious of slowing down updates. That's why I prefer factory-unlocked phones, and I won't have to deal with Carriers' BS.

4. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

CM for nexus 4 and 5 will NEVER BE as stable as software updates given by companies. I am using CM 14.1 on my oneplus 3 and if I relied on my phone heavily( I don't), I would be in serious trouble using this ROM. There are tens of minor bugs and they probably won't be fixed for long. Samsung has released beta 7.0 for S7 and will update S6 quickly as well. On the other hand, the nexus 5 and 4 will never get stable android 7.0 due to Qualcomm not releasing drivers for Snapdragon 800 or older. It's not about getting it out quickly. It's about making it stable. If you don't get that, flash CM 14.1 and experience the buggy life.

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't know what you're talking about but I am running Nitrogen OS 7.1 for Nexus 5 for the last few weeks and it is more stable and smoother than anything I have ever used on a Samsung device. Even my Z5c on Marshmallow isn't this good and, likely, won't be as stable on Nougat when they release it months from now. Even my dads iPhone 6 is less stable than this on iOS 10 and Apple is supposed to be some sort of gold standard for updates. The fact that you think OEM ROMS are stable is laughable since most of them release mediocre crap. I haven't tested the new design philosophy Samsung has because, of course, it will be at least another month until anything gets it, but TouchWiz was crap and is right now somewhat better crap.

12. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

What do I smell? Oh right, BS.

14. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Finally I can now reply...so are you saying I should stick to AOSP ROMs? I've been doing that for some time now. What are your favourite ROMs anyway?

18. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I don't think any ROM which comes quick after android announcement is stable. AOSP are better than CM based ones in the short run, but CM is better when it gets stable. I like CM, but prefer the stock ROMs manufacturers push out. Devs on XDA are assholes and ROMs are buggy.

22. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Oh damn. Do you use another website than XDA? I only met a few a-holes on there but in general I get a nice community feel.

3. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Somebody tell me if the Android nougat update fixes the slowdown disease Im on marshamallow ptetty Smooth somethigs is not so smooth

5. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Depends on the phone, ROM, filesystem(F2FS or ext4), and a lot of other factors.

15. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Does f2fs really make a difference tho. Nor only in benchmarks?

17. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

In real life, yes. It does make a pretty decent difference. In fact, Oneplus 3T comes with f2fs out of the box and it beats S7(exynos) in speed. https://youtu.be/fSq65QkpLUM?t=426

23. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Do you need a f2fs compatible ROM in order to use it? Or just a kernel

25. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

A compatible kernel and TWRP should be fine.

26. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Huh. I always thought you needed CM for some reason...I guess backing up will be a priority. It always come to my attention why manufacturers don't do this from it out of the box.

27. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Just check for your phone if it's supported. For example, you don't need to do it for some phones like the Oneplus 3( just download Oxygen OS 3.5.6), and some old phones don't support it. Also, it will mostly benefit if the storage on your phone is UFS.

30. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

One more thing...When flashing, do you change the /system to f2fs or...

31. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Never did it myself. So not much idea, though you can just google it and get great tutorials on that. I experienced it through the Oxygen OS 3.5.6 which is partitioned on f2fs by default.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Been trying to unlock the bootloader on my Xperia SP, it's taking more processes than I thought it would. Still not successful in installing drivers.

8. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

haha, lying around? I'm still using my 4yo Nexus4 daily..and still going strong..!

13. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

And it runs like proper s**t on my N4. It's like a useless counter - yes, you have it but it's a complete waste of time and effort.

20. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Wow. People still have a Nexus 4 laying around let alone actually bother to install lollipop on it? I mean I have some old phones laying around but I don't actually tinker with them anymore.

28. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Lol OK. At least developers still give it some life, its an awesome device and I'm glad.

24. Jishnusur

Posts: 172; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

If they do upgrade their phones, people won't buy the newer one's. This is simple strategy my friend.

32. tokuzumi

Posts: 1844; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I dusted off my Nexus 4 from storage, and will flash once this graduates to nightly status.

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