Google Nexus 4 receives Android L Release Preview ROM

Google Nexus 4 by LG

As you may know Google has released a Developer Preview of the upcoming Android L Release to developers who own a Nexus 5 or a Nexus 7 (2013). However the company has also released the source for other Nexus devices. indicating that they may receive a preview release of as well. However the XDA team has managed to port the L Release for the Nexus 4 and have put together a working ROM.

Check out the following video which demonstrates the Android L Release Preview ROM running on the Nexus 4. The video is only three minutes long, but things seems quite stable for an "initial release".

[NOTE] It is not recommended that you try this on a device you use regularly. This is a port based on a preview release and it will likely come with bugs... Please note that you are proceeding at your own risk, and this website or the ROM developer will not be responsible for device malfunction or loss of data.

[NOTE] This is not an official update for your Nexus 4 and will likely void your warranty

[NOTE] Make sure your backup all your data accordingly before you proceed. This guide requires you to perform a full wipe of your data.

Requirements Make Sure your device is rooted. The following guide assumes that you have the CWM custom recovery installed. You should be able to install the ROM using TWRP, but we recommend CWM for this ROM.

  1. Download the Android L ROM for Nexus 4... You may find newer versions of this ROM by following the source link at the bottom of the page.
  2. Place the downloaded file in your device's internal storage.
  3. Reboot your device into your custom recovery.
  4. Go to "wipe data/factory reset"  and select "Yes".
  5. Go to "mounts and storage" > "format system" > "Yes".
  6. Go to "advanced" > "wipe dalvik cache" > "Yes".
  7. Now go to "install zip" > "choose zip from sdcard" and select the zip file you downloaded in Step 1. It should be in the '0' folder.
  8. Confirm that you want to flash by clicking "Yes" and proceed with flashing the ROM on your device.
  9. Once the flashing process is complete, perform the following steps:
    • "wipe cache"
    • "advanced" > "wipe dalvik cache"
    • "reboot into system"
  10. Please note that the first boot may take between 5 - 10 minutes as the system is configured.. The process should be faster after that.
Since this is still an early release the developer may continue to release updated versions of this ROM. Make sure you follow the source link to the XDA forum for updates... During the update process you can follow the above steps to install newer zip files, but you may skip Step 4 during updates.

source - XDA

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