The #Nexus5X and the #Nexus6P have managed to make quite a bit of noise in the mobile industry and with good reason. Both devices were released as the successors to the 2013 and 2014 Nexus flagships respectively, and as such boasted of significant improvements to make them an attractive proposition for the buyers.
A new survey has now found that in the midst of the release of these handsets, trade-ins of the past three Nexus smartphones (Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6) surged significantly. The spike is evident right after the end of September, which is when the two new Nexus handsets were shown off by Google.
More notably, the Nexus 5 is shown to have touched a trade-in surge of 35% compared to an average day, suggesting that a lot of customers are looking to switch to the new Nexus 5X. However, although we have the data for the trade-ins, there are no accurate figures to ascertain whether all these customers went on to get either of the tow new Nexus devices, so we’ll hold off on the judgment until we know that for sure.
Via: Android Headlines
The #LG #Nexus4, which was Google’s 2012 #Nexus flagship has officially been left out of future software updates as we saw it missing from the #Android 6.0 update list.
Not disheartened by this, a developer called Dmitry Grinberg has decided to build a version of the ROM specifically for the Nexus 4. You will need a functioning computer with all the ADB tools installed (download it here) before going ahead with flashing the factory image.
You will need to be aware of factory image flashing before following this guide, so make sure you’ve done your research before going ahead. Customers who have tried out the ROM have mentioned that everything works perfectly fine, but make sure you head over to the Reddit post where you will find user feedback about this particular factory image.
Before you download it on your Nexus 4, we must warn you of the consequences of installing a third party ROM on your smartphone. So make sure you backup all your data before going ahead.
Hit the link below for more details.
Android 6.0 factory image download link for the Nexus 4
Following the revelation of the #Stagefright vulnerability, #Google promised to send out monthly security updates to its #Nexus devices. The company has now started sending out updates for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6 as well as the Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 tablets. The updates will only bring some bug fixes and won’t change the visuals in any way, so don’t expect any massive changes on board.
It’s good to see that the company was serious about sending out frequent security updates to its devices in order to squash any bugs that might have surfaced over a short period of time.
Although Google has started rolling out the update right away, we must mention that it might take some time to hit all the aforementioned devices depending on the region, so don’t lose your patience if the update isn’t visible on your smartphone or tablet yet. The build number will remain unchanged at LMY48M with Android 5.1.1 being the Android version.
Via: Android and Me
Although Google has already begun sending out updates for the Stagefright vulnerability, there are quite a few handsets out there that haven’t received the update yet.
And to make your lives a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of manual update download links for four Nexus devices. This includes the likes of the Nexus 4, Nexus 6 (T-Mobile and Project Fi versions included) as well as the Nexus 10. Google is yet to post links for the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 9, so we’re not listing them out here.
Nexus 4 LMY48I from LMY47V
Nexus 5 LMY48I from LMY48B
Nexus 6 LMY48I from LMY47Z
Nexus 6 (Project Fi) LVY48E from LVY48C
Nexus 6 (T-Mobile) LYZ28J from LYZ28E
Nexus 10 LMY48I from LMY47V
Make sure you proceed with the update only if you know your way around update files like these. If you’re a new user, doing your due diligence will help a great deal. These are the updates that Google will officially roll out sometime, so download them only if you don’t like waiting around for an update.
Google prioritizes update rollouts to its Nexus devices first as we all know. And if you own a Nexus 4, Nexus 5 or the LTE Nexus 9, you should be expecting to receive the Android 5.1.1 update sometime soon. However, if you haven’t seen the update on your device yet, Google has now made it that much easier for you to get it, thanks to dedicated OTA update links.
You can sideload these files using the ADB tool and get your device on Android 5.1.1. Surprisingly, Google is yet to update the factory images list, so if you want to get Android 5.1.1 on either of the aforementioned devices, downloading the OTA files are your only bet.
There aren’t any significant changes with the Android 5.1.1 update, so you won’t find anything new coming from Android 5.1. As we always mention, it is advised to proceed with this only if you know your way around flashing OTA files. Make sure you do your research if you’re new to the concept.
Know everything about flashing OTA files? Hit the download links below:
Nexus 4 (occam) – Android 5.1 to Android 5.1.1
Nexus 5 (hammerhead) – Android 5.1 to Android 5.1.1
Nexus 9 (LTE) [volantisg] – Android 5.1 to Android 5.1.1
Via: Android Police
As other, newer devices have gotten Android 5.1, the Nexus 4 hasn’t gotten that update yet. Now though, Android 5.1 can be downloaded OTA.
If the update doesn’t show up for you in your settings, you can download it from this link. Once you have downloaded it, you can read how to install the update here. Enjoy the new features that Android 5.1 brings.
Via: Droid Life
Google has already rolled out the Android 5.0 update for the Nexus 4, while the Nexus 9 tablet was launched with the new OS. A new revelation is now suggesting that due to the lack of proper camera hardware on the two devices, they will not be able to make use of some of the camera features which are available on Android 5.0.
According to Google’s bug tracker, the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 9 will not be able to capture RAW images in the DNG format, possibly due to hardware limitations. It’s understandable for the Nexus 4 to lack this feature since it packs relatively older hardware. The Nexus 9 on the other hand, was the most recent Nexus device to hit the markets and packs a relatively capable camera sensor as well.
The camera limitations will not allow users to get full control of the camera on their device, which is very disappointing for users of these devices. Do you own a Nexus 4 or the Nexus 9? How do you feel about this news?
Via: Talk Android
The LG Nexus 4 was launched two years ago by Google and is fortunate enough to still software support from the company. However, it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for the handset after the Android 5.0 update according to some users. These unfortunate users are apparently seeing a substantial lag, specifically in the dialer app of the smartphone. It is said that the lag is as much as 3-4 seconds in some cases, while the call refuses to go through in some isolated incidents.
Clearly, it hasn’t been a smooth transition to Android 5.0 for some of the users. It is hoped that Android 5.0.1 will fix most of these issues. As of now, Google has only rolled out the update to the Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and the Nexus 10, with cellular devices expected to get it shortly. The complaints in Google’s support forums are increasing by the day, so this is clearly a widespread issue.
Are you facing any trouble with the Nexus 4? Let us know in the comments below.
Via: Talk Android
With the major changes Android Lollipop brings to Google’s mobile operating system, it’s no wonder that Android users have been clamoring for the update to hit their devices. However, it seems Google isn’t ready to let owners of Nexus devices in on the sugary Lollipop fun just yet, as the search giant has supposedly delayed the update’s rollout to November 12th. (more…)
When Google announced Android L, it was only made available for the 2013 Nexus 7 and the Nexus 5 as a developer preview ROM. This left a lot of questions unanswered for customers of older Nexus devices such as the first gen Nexus 7 and the Nexus 4. However, it seems like Google is already planning to roll out the update to these 2012 Nexus devices if the Chromium bug reports are anything to go by. A number of Google employees have posted responses to a bug with the Nexus 4 running Android L firmware.
While this doesn’t confirm anything at this point, it goes without saying that Google is looking to bring the update to its older devices as well, which is always a good sign. Usually, two year old devices do not receive software support due to the rapid change in hardware, but considering that the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 4 pack a relatively capable hardware specs sheet, it’s no surprise that Google is keen on bringing the update to these devices.
Do you own a 2012 Nexus 7 or a Nexus 4? What do you think of this news?
When Google announced Android L Developer Preview, only the Nexus 5 and the 2013 Nexus 7 were said to be getting it. This came as a disappointment to customers of older Nexus devices, especially the 2012 Nexus 7 and the Nexus 4. However, with the source code being made available, it wasn’t going to take long for developers to build a version for these devices as well. The Nexus 4 is the lucky beneficiary of this new ROM today, and we don’t think the 2012 Nexus 7 will be far away either.
As expected, the ROM functions just as expected although there are a few bugs which is expected from a developer preview. While it might not be suitable for daily use, it’s clearly the users’ best shot at what the future of Android holds for them.
The final release of Android L should be made available to the Nexus 4 as hardware doesn’t appear to be a limitation here. But if you’re an impatient user who wants to try out the latest version of Android on the Nexus 4, head over to the link below and download the update. But before you do, make sure you go through the installation instructions closely. Here’s a video showing the Nexus 4 running the Android L developer preview.
Via: Phone Arena
A little over two weeks after Google started rolling out the Android 4.4.3 update for the Nexus and GPE devices, the same smartphones and tablets are now getting the Android 4.4.4 update with the build number (KTU84P). It’s quite strange for Google to roll out another update within a few days, but it’s clear that they are looking to fix some of the plaguing issues that Android 4.4.3 couldn’t fix.
There’s no word on the complete changelog at the moment, but it is said that the update fixes OpenSSL vulnerabilities on these devices. The factory images are already live on Google’s servers so you can manually download and flash the update provided you know how it’s done.
We will wait for an official changelog from Google, but at the moment it seems like there won’t be any major visual differences with the update. The update is currently being sent out to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and GPE devices.
Make sure you drop a line below if you’ve received the update already.
Source: Factory Images – Google
Do you own a Nexus 4 or a Nexus 10 but haven’t seen the Android 4.4.3 update yet? Good news awaits you as the OTA file for manually flashing the update is now available for the two devices. The devices will need to be running on the latest version of Android before flashing the update, so keep that in mind.
The update won’t bring too many changes but users will be able to see a new dialer on the Nexus 4 and some other bug fixes, with performance enhancements said to be in tow as well.
Unlike flashing a factory image, this will not erase your storage so you can proceed without worry as your data will be unharmed. So go ahead and download the zip image and do the needful. Bear in mind that flashing update files are usually harmless, but proceed only if you are aware of the requirements.
Nexus 4 zip file
Nexus 10 zip file
Let us know how you find the latest version of Android on your Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 by dropping a comment below.
Via: Android Authority
For a minor update, Android 4.4.3 sure has been among the most elusive versions of the OS, refusing to roll out to devices despite appearing in numerous leaks and rumors. Last month, Sprint raised a false alert when it said Android 4.4.3 would be rolling out to the Nexus 5, and now, T-Mobile has announced on its support pages that the update will go out to not one, but three Nexus devices starting today.
The devices listed by T-Mobile are the Nexus 5, its 2012 predecessor, and the Nexus 7 2013, with the update slated to bring security enhancements and bug fixes. Android 4.4.3 is expected to bring fixes for issues such as connection drops, random reboots and slow camera focus on the Nexus 5, and it could finally start making its way to users today. If it doesn’t, it would be a good idea for Google to just skip directly to the next major version of Android, instead of whetting our appetites all the time only to then hold out on rolling out the update.
Have any of you received a notification for Android 4.4.3 on your phone or tablet yet?
Source: T-Mobile