Google Nexus 4: Specs, Apps, News & Reviews

Android L ported to the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012)

Android L ported to the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012)

To the disappointment of the Nexus 4 and Nexus  7 (2012) owners, Google only released the Android L developer preview for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013).

However, with the source code and the SDK being released by Google, it was just a matter of time before some developers managed to bring a partially working port of Android L to these devices.

Google pushing Android L source code to AOSP for Nexus 4, 5, 7 & 10

Google pushing Android L source code to AOSP for Nexus 4, 5, 7 & 10

In a very surprising move, Google has started pushing the source code of the recently released Developer Preview build of Android L to AOSP. This is the first time that the company has pushed the sources of a yet to be released Android version to AOSP.

How to manually update Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 to Android 4.4.3 KitKat

How to manually update Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 to Android 4.4.3 KitKat

Early last week, Google started rolling out the Android 4.4.3 update for its Nexus as well as the Google Play edition line-up of devices. Being an OTA roll-out, the update will be gradually made available to all Nexus owners over the next couple of weeks.

However, for the impatient folks like us out there, a manual method to sideload the OTA update exist  as well. Follow the steps below if you own a Nexus 4 or a Nexus 7 (2012/2013). If you own a Nexus 5, head over to this article for all the steps.

How to manually install Android 4.4.2 KitKat update on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

How to manually install Android 4.4.2 KitKat update on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Earlier today, Google started rolling out the Android 4.4.2 update for all the AOSP supported Nexus device. The update came as a surprise to many since it was only last week that Google rolled out the 4.4.1 update that greatly improved the Nexus 5’s camera performance

Google’s engineers developed Android 4.4 KitKat by crippling their Nexus 4 phones

Google’s engineers developed Android 4.4 KitKat by crippling their Nexus 4 phones

There’s a term in the technology space called “Dog Fooding” which is defined as using the products and services you create in order to make them better. It makes sense when you think about it, why would Google want their employees using Microsoft’s Outlook program to handle their email when they should instead be using Gmail? According to Dave Burke, the Head of Engineering for Android, this was the attitude used to make Android 4.4 KitKat run on low end devices.

Bug fixing KRT16S Android 4.4 KitKat update rolling out to Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

Bug fixing KRT16S Android 4.4 KitKat update rolling out to Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

Google has started rolling out a bug-fixing KitKat OTA update for all the previous generation of Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4. The 3-5MB OTA update bumps the Android build to KRT16S vs. the initial KitKat KRT16O update that it released last week.

Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 Android 4.4 KitKat factory images available for download

Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 Android 4.4 KitKat factory images available for download

Couple of days after Google started rolling out the KitKat OTA update for the Nexus 7 (2012/2013) and the Nexus 10, the company has released the factory images for the devices as well.

How to install Android 4.4 KitKat on your Nexus 4

How to install Android 4.4 KitKat on your Nexus 4

The Nexus 4 and the other Nexus tablets are expected to get the Android 4.4 KitKat update over the coming weeks. Hopefully, Google will roll out the update available by the middle of next week itself.

Download: Android 4.4 KitKat ROM for Nexus 4

Download: Android 4.4 KitKat ROM for Nexus 4

An AOSP based Android 4.4 KitKat ROM is already up for download for the 2013 and 2012 edition of Nexus 7. Joining them now is the Google’s last year flagship handset – the Nexus 4.

Rumor: The Nexus 5 will be ‘expensive’, but Google will also release a 4G LTE Nexus 4

Rumor: The Nexus 5 will be ‘expensive’, but Google will also release a 4G LTE Nexus 4

Ready for yet another rumor about the next Nexus phone from Google? According to Android Geeks, who I actually owe an apology to since they got the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date weeks in advance and I made fun of them for that, they say Google will price the 16 GB Nexus 5 at $399 and the 32 GB model at $449. Remember, the 32 GB model will also allegedly have a larger battery, hence the added cost.