Android L – the latest iteration of the Android version announced at the Google’s I/O 2014 event this year. Amazingly, this time Google has totally revamped its mobile operating system and also incurred bevy of new features into it. But, sadly, the Google has only released Android L Developer Preview builds for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) keeping other Nexus devices on hold. Nevertheless, the developers has already made available the “Android L SDK” and “Android L Source code” to download – using which any third-party developer can port the Android L apps and ROM to any Android Smartphone.
As we know, the Google has not released its next major operating system version for its own flagship Nexus 4 devices. Well, no one knows what Google has up its sleeve, but till then one can install Android L Developer Preview on Nexus 4 unofficially. Thanks to the senior XDA member “iH8ra!n” who has successfully ported this unofficial version of the Android L Developer Preview of Nexus 4. So, those users who were intensely waiting to install Android L Developer Preview on Nexus 4 can follow the below mentioned guide. Before that, one must be sure that they might experience some various issues and bugs in this build, yet the Google has also not released the stable version of Android L. So, let’s jump into it!
Important Things To Check:
- No external source is given while updating or installing the build on any Android device. So, it’s necessary to charge your device atleast up to 70% for flawless process.
- Never forget to enable “USB Debugging” on your device.
- Make sure that your device is rooted and Custom Recovery installed.
- Take a backup of your official ROM on your PC or on an external SD card.
How To Install Android L Developer Preview on Nexus 4 [Unofficial]
#1) Grab the Android L Developer Preview ROM for Nexus 4 from this link.
#2) Copy the downloaded ROM to your device memory.
#3) Boot your Nexus 4 in to “Recovery mode”. To do so:
- Press and hold “Volume Up + Volume Down + Power” keys for a few seconds to enter in to Bootloader mode.
- From there, use “Volume up” or “Volume down” key to select “Recovery” and press “Power button” to enter in to “Recovery mode”.
#4) In the recovery, you have perform data wiping task. To do so:
- Select “wipe data/factory reset“, then select “Yes” for confirmation and wait till the data wipe is complete. Now, go to CWM recovery main menu.
- Select “wipe cache partition” and after that, select “Wipe Dalvik Cache” under advance option to perform Dalvik cache wiping.
- Select “mount and storage” and choose “format /system”.
#5) Now, flash the “ROM’ file on your Nexus 4 by selecting “install zip from SD card” > “choose zip from SD card” > choose copied “ROM” file > give “OK” to start the flashing process.
#6) Once the flashing process is completed successfully, again you have to “wipe cache partition” and “Wipe Dalvik Cache” found under advance option.
#7) Finally, select “++++Go Back++++” and then choose “reboot system” to reboot your phone.
#8) That’s it! Now you are ready to exploit Android L on your Nexus 4 from scratch.
Note that, the first boot-up takes minimum 10 minutes to get you on the homescreen. So, please keep patience and enjoy redesigned Android L boot animation. Well, if you have any queries regarding the guide, then you can shoot us using the comments section below. Enjoy 😀