We do love the Nexus 4, it’s still a solid handset even approaching it’s second birthday, and there-in lies the problem: it’s nearly two years old. Typically Google has dropped support for Nexus phones around this time, and the impending release of Android L has many Nexus 4 owners worried that their handset won’t receive the update. The lack of Android L developer preview for the handset has added to those worries, but it may be for nought, with several Googlers running Android L on their Nexus 4.
According to entries in the Chromium bug tracker, several Googlers have been reporting on issues with their build – LRW52G for those playing at home – of Android L on their Nexus 4.
As Android Police – who first noted the entries – point out, the Nexus 4 still has more power than the recently released Android One handsets which Google has promised will be among the first to receive Android L – Lamington? Lollipop? Lemon Meringue Pie? – when it’s released. But even so, it’s not the Nexus 4 isn’t guaranteed to receive the update until Google announces it.
When we’ll see Android L (and it’s associated Nexus reference device) is unknown, although a mid-October release would be nice, in fact the sooner the better. Good news Nexus 4 fans.