+ Wednesday October 16th, 2019

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.
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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.

Source: Chromium Bug Tracker, and Chromium Bug Tracker 2.
Via: Android Police.

Daniel Tyson  


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Sean Dwyer
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Better bloody get the latest update. It’s a well capable handset. I thought that’s the whole point of getting a nexus phone?
I’ll be pissed if it doesn’t get the update.
Although, I’m considering getting the Sony z3 compact depending on how big they make the nexus 6.

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My thoughts exactly. My N4 is still extremely capable, and I don’t want to retire it so soon. At the same time, who doesn’t like the new phone feeling? 🙂


Still loving my Nexus 4 and even though I’ll be getting the next Nexus my 4 will be handed down to my daughter. It’s still a relevant and great phone worth some L love.


I’ll most likely be getting a Nexus 6/X anyway, upgrading from my Nexus 4, so it won’t really bother me if my Nexus 4 doesn’t get Android L.

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