Google's Nexus 4 Receives Android 5.1 Lollipop Through An Unofficial ROM

Yesterday, Google officially unveiled the next version of Android, 5.1 Lollipop. The new version has a number of refinements and improvements to the software and the over-the-air (OTA) update has been released for a number of Nexus devices, including the Google Nexus 4. Now, one of the advantages of the Nexus smartphone and tablet program is that customers of these devices should receive software updates to these devices before the majority of other handset or tablets. This means that customers of recent Nexus devices will be expecting the update to arrive on their device in the next two to three weeks. We know that the LG Nexus 4 is set to receive the update too.

The Nexus 4 was the first Nexus smartphone to be introduced at a mid-range price but offering at the time high-end specifications. The device is based around a quad core, 1.5 GHz, 32-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor paired up with 2 GB of RAM and either 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage. There's a DC-HSPA+ 3G modem capable of data speeds at 42 Mbps but the Nexus 4 never officially supported LTE, although contains an LTE modem and may be modified to support some LTE bands. There's an 8MP rear camera, a 4.7-inch 720p display panel and a 2,100 mAh battery. LG's Nexus 4 differed from many devices at the time of release (late 2012) by having a glass front and rear, which gave the device a distinctive and premium feeling, although it was very slippery. In terms of hardware, then, the Nexus 4 is more than capable of running Android 5.x Lollipop.

The official OTA to Android 5.1 Lollipop is set to arrive over the next few weeks but for some people, this is not soon enough. An enterprising XDA Forums member "eagleeyetom" has announced that he has been able to compile an Android 5.1 ROM for the Nexus 4. In eagleeyetom's own words, the new ROM is "properly tested and uses 5.0.1 blobs, so bugs and instabilities may occur. Use at your own risk." The update process is straightforward so if you have a Nexus 4, don't want to wait for the OTA and would like to experiment with Android 5.1, hit up the source below and try the update. If you do this, please heed eagleeyetom's warning that the ROM may be unstable, could destroy your data or even your advice and neither XDA Forums, eagleeyetom or Android Headlines can be responsible for any problems you may encounter. Still, if you give the unofficial Android 5.1 a go, please let us know how you get on using the comments below.

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David Steele

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I grew up with 8-bit computers and moved into PDAs in my professional life, using a number of devices from early Windows CE clamshells and later. Today, my main devices are a Nexus 5X, a Sony Xperia Z Tablet and a coffee cup.