As Android device makers continue to work on bringing Android Lollipop to legacy hardware, one of the issues we will see is the inability of older devices to take advantage of all features available in the new operating system. This is a result of some older hardware simply not being capable of supporting newer technologies that did not exist when originally produced. A good example of this is the Nexus 4 and the camera hardware that will not be able to support some features of the new Camera2 API.
Earlier today, Google started pushing the Android 5.0.1 update to the Nexus 4 and Nexus 6. Of course, it’s likely to take a few weeks for all devices to receive the over-the-air (OTA) update.
We have good news for those that just can’t wait a minute more. You can download the OTA Zip file and manually update your Nexus 4 without losing any of your data.
Just follow our step-by-step guide. If you already know what you’re doing, we have the download link below.
Nexus 4 (occam) From LRX21T to LRX22C (5.0.1)
Google began the roll out of Android 5.0.1 for devices like the Nexus 7 (WiFi), Nexus 9 and the Nexus 10 exactly a week ago. And the company has now officially hinted at the update’s arrival for the Nexus 4 and the recently launched Nexus 6. Google has posted factory images of the update for the two smartphones on its official download pages, letting interested users manually flash it on their devices. The GPe HTC One M8 and the One M7 have already received the Android 5.0.1 update, which is slightly odd as Nexus devices are usually the first to get the updates.
Android updates are typically met with an assortment of bugs, and the rollout of 5.0 Lollipop has been no different, if not worse, than previous updates. Over the past month, users across a wide range of Nexus devices, including the built-for-Lollipop Nexus 6 and 9, have reported issues with WiFi, sluggishness, app crashes, and more. If you have Nexus 7, 9, or 10, there’s already a 5.0.1 update waiting for you.
How about a deal that tackles two device categories with one excellent price? That is what Expansys has going on right now. For $179, customers can take home the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 from 2012. The price reflects a discount of 28% (or $70).
They are devices from two generations ago, but Android 5.0 Lollipop is available to them. This would make an excellent gift for people that are just getting started with a phone and tablet. Or you can just keep it for yourself! We won’t tell anyone.
Lollipop is fantastic. It’s one of the best operating systems Google has ever put together, and it’s a dramatic overhaul compared to what we’re used to seeing in Android. However, it’s not without its own share of bugs and glitches, which we’re starting to see more and more of.
The latest issues are being reported by Nexus 4 and 5 users that have taken the Lollipop update. Some of those devices are certain carriers are unable to send text messages, and they’re being shown an error code 38 whenever they attempt to send something. Receiving text messages is seemingly unaffected, but that’s still half of the texting experience that’s broken.
We saw the Lollipop factory image for the Nexus 4 (occam) land a couple of days ago, so we knew it was only a matter of time until the OTA Zip file was posted. Good news for this Sunday morning. It’s available right now for your downloading pleasure.
Updating via OTA route is preferred since you don’t have to worry about losing your data, assuming your device is locked. You should still backup your data however.
We have the download link below and be sure to check out our extensive guide on how to install this bad boy. You won’t find more detailed instructions anywhere else.
source: Nexus 4 (occam) From KTU84P to LRX21T
The Nexus 4 will get the latest version of Android in a software update, but the rollout for Android 5.0 has yet to take place. Fortunately, today, Google posted the factory image of Lollipop for the Nexus phone of 2012. The software version listed on the Android Developers site is LRX21T. So now Nexus 4 owners can join the fun even two years after launch.
Not sure how to install a Lollipop factory image on your Nexus device? Then check out the TalkAndroid guide explaining exactly how to do so.
Source: Android Developers
A software update is rolling out to Nexus devices around the world, but Nexus 4 owners have yet to see anything. We are here to tell you not to worry. When Android 5.0 was introduced last month, Google employee Sascha Pruter made it clear that the Nexus 4 would receive the software update. He told owners of the device to relax and be prepared to enjoy Lollipop. So, folks, Lollipop is coming to the Nexus 4. It is just not known when. Considering how Google updated other Nexus devices at once, the Nexus 4 should not be too far behind.
Source: +Sascha Pruter
Expansys is offering a fantastic deal on factory-refurbished models of Google’s second-generation smartphone, the Nexus 4. That’s the very same smartphone that took the Android user base by storm with its minimalistic “Vanilla” approach to the open-source operating system.
The device comes in both 8GB and 16GB sizes. The smaller storage model is being offered by the retailer for $149.99 and the larger for $169.99. Both variants come with a complimentary bumper case available in either black or white depending on the color of the phone you choose to order.