Android 7.1 is now available on the Nexus 4 thanks to CyanogenMod 14
posted by Joe M. / Nov 26, 2016, 9:00 AM
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it's still quite impressive as to just how dedicated some developers are to breathing new life into arguably old and outdated devices.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.
Google Nexus 4 OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2 View Full specs
- 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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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.
posted on Nov 26, 2016, 9:37 AM 6
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.
posted on Nov 26, 2016, 9:50 AM 0
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.
posted on Nov 26, 2016, 10:10 AM 3
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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.
posted on Nov 26, 2016, 10:41 AM 2
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.
posted on Nov 26, 2016, 11:08 AM 0
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Somebody tell me if the Android nougat update fixes the slowdown disease Im on marshamallow ptetty Smooth somethigs is not so smooth
posted on Nov 26, 2016, 10:10 AM 0
Depends on the phone, ROM, filesystem(F2FS or ext4), and a lot of other factors.
posted on Nov 26, 2016, 10:13 AM 0
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.
posted on Nov 26, 2016, 11:04 PM 0
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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.
posted on Nov 26, 2016, 11:29 AM 0
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