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Chris Gilliam · May 20, 2015

Nexus 4, 5, and 9 OTA Downloads of 5.1.1

This month was a big one for Android 5.1.1 updates, as you can see from last week's roundup and the barrage of posts on the portal's front page in the recent past. So far we are seeing the lineup of Wear watches, the Nexus 4, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, Nexus Player, and a handfull of others slowly make their way to the latest Android. While waiting around for updates may be fine for casual users, this is XDA; we have OTA download links...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 20, 2014

Bring Back LTE on the Google Nexus 4 Running Lollipop

One of the predecessors of the latest, largest, and greatest Gooogle Nexus 6 (the Google Nexus 4) has a bit of a strange history. When the device was announced, it was an LTE-ready handset (kind of). Unluckily for Google, the company never obtained regulatory approval for its usage on the device, and LTE connectivity quickly became an issue and the Mountain View giant decided to disable it via a radio update starting with Android 4.2.1. XDA users quickly found this decision to be a total...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 14, 2014

Google Nexus 4 Finally Gets Lollipop Factory Image, Android Up to 5.0.0_r6

Google has finally released Android 5.0 Lollipop factory images for the Google Nexus 4. The new factory image comes alongside yet another revision of the operating system: Android-5.0.0_rc6. The images for the mobile data variants of Nexus 7 (both years) are yet to be seen. The previous batch of Android 5.0 was tagged with various versions: LRX21M for the Nexus Player, LRX21Q for the Nexus 9, LRX21O for the Nexus 5, and LRX 21P for the Wi-Fi variant of Nexus...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 12, 2014

Lollipop Factory Images for Nexus 5, 7, 10 Now Live!

It's been over a week since Google released the full source code for Android Lollipop. We've seen quite a few ports made by the community. However, one thing was still missing: factory images for Nexus 5, 7, and 10. Earlier today, we talked about how the Nexus 7 2012 WiFi images were found a bit early, but the rest were nowhere to be seen. Finally, after almost two weeks, Google engineers pressed the shiny green button and the factory images...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 5, 2014

Source Built Lollipop for Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, Xperia Z

Update: Thank you to commenter Amith KK for letting us know about the Source-Built Lollipop port for the Nexus 7 (2012) by XDA Senior Member MidnightNinja. ___ The source code for Android 5.0 Lollipop was only fully released yesterday, but developers on XDA work extremely quickly. In less than one day, some developers have managed to create Lollipop builds for particular devices. Let's see which devices are capable of using Lollipop as a daily driver so far. It was easy...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 10, 2014

How to Flash Factory Images on Your Nexus Device – XDA Developer TV

The Nexus family is Google's answer to what they believe the Android experience should be, pure and clean without OEM customization interferrence. It is for this reason that many developers like to build and develop on Nexuses (Nexii?). It is always best to develop on a clean device, and Google is kind enough to open source parts of Android and provide factory images for you to install. In this episode of XDA Developer TV, XDA Xposed Tuesday newcomer and XDA Recognized...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 2, 2014

LuneOS Goes Official and Brings webOS to Android Devices

webOS has had rather turbulent history. Initially developed by Palm, the Linux kernel-based operating system has never found had an easy time making its way to mobile devices. However, and what may come as a surprise to many reading this, development work on the platform is still well underway. There are even working ports for some of popular devices like the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the long since forgotten HP Touchpad. The project for mobile devices was...

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Faiz Malkani · Jul 6, 2014

Nexus 4 Users, It’s L-Preview Time

  During the I/O 2014 keynote, Google unveiled Android L. Shortly thereafter, the Developer Preview was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013, leaving owners of other Nexus devices with just screenshots and second hand impressions. Then, a glimmer of hope came as Google released the GPL mandated code for currently supported Nexus devices. All eyes then turned towards the development community. Would they come through with a port? Sure enough, expectations were met and XDA Senior Members sykopompos and defconoi came through with a port of the...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 1, 2014

Limited Android L Developer Preview Source Code Now Available, Support for Current Nexus Devices

Update: As pointed out by XDA Forum Member a3361035 in the comments below, this isn't a complete release just yet. Rather, these are just a few GPL projects for the L-Preview release, and not a full platform update. __ As we mentioned earlier today, the Android L Developer Preview is exactly that--a developer preview. However, many users understandably want to taste the future of Android today. As such, quite a few Nexus 5 and 7 owners have ventured to install the Android L...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 19, 2014

Android 4.4.4 KTU84P Factory Images and Driver Binaries Available for Nexus Devices, Source Code Now Live

Well, that was unexpected! After dozens of leaks leading up to the eventual release of Android 4.4.3, Android 4.4.4 has suddenly arrived without so much as a moment's notice. The update itself has not yet begun rolling out to actual end user devices, but just like what we saw with 4.4.3 KTU84M, the factory images have been posted for the majority of the current generation Nexus fleet. Today’s Android 4.4.4 builds come in at KTU84P for the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013),...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 4, 2014

[OTA Captured] Android 4.4.3 OTAs Live for Nexus 4 and 10

Ever since Monday's Android 4.4.3 release, the first thing on every Android fan's mind has been when his/her device will receive the update goods. As one would expect, current generation Google Nexus devices were the first to receive the update goods, thanks to the release of updated factory images. However, these factory images weren't of much use to users who hadn't yet unlocked their bootloaders and don't want to wipe their /data partitions. Luckily, the update's corresponding OTAs have also been rolling out...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 2, 2014

Android 4.4.3 Factory Images and Driver Binaries Here for the Nexus 4, 5, 7 (Both), and 10, Source Code Now Live

It's here, folks! After a false alarm a few months ago, several rumors along the way, and update documentation courtesy of T-Mobile earlier today, we now have Android 4.4.3 for the current generation of Nexus devices. Today's builds come in at KTU84M for the Nexus 5, and KTU84L for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10. According to T-Mobile's support documentation released earlier today, these updates bring “security enhancements,” as well as “various bug fixes.” At this point, it...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 17, 2014

Make “OK Google” Compatible with Your Phone and Language of Choice

Being able to say "OK Google" from the comfort of your home screen was introduced alongside the Nexus 5's Google Experience Launcher a few months ago. It allows users to control their devices with just their voice, as saying "OK Google” launches the voice command detection mode. With the newest update of Google Search, "OK Google" can finally detect languages other than English, and it works perfectly fine with other devices, but a little “hack” is needed. XDA Recognized Developer memnoc...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 1, 2014

Easily Flash a Hybrid Modem to Gain 4G LTE Connectivity on Your Nexus 4 without a PC

The Google Nexus 4 is a very popular phone. A powerful CPU, combined with 2 GB of RAM and a relatively low price at launch made it an ideal choice of many XDA community members, myself included. Despite being a great device, and one which is still extremely popular, the Nexus 4 has some issues with LTE. As it never officially featured LTE connectivity, you need to do some tweaking to enable it, as ever since radio 0.48, LTE has been...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 27, 2013

Speed Up Your Nexus Device with Qualcomm-Optimized KitKat Dalvik and Bionic Libraries

Ever wonder how despite its less than jaw dropping specifications, the Moto X still manages to score quite well in many benchmarks? Unlike some of the other major OEMs out there, Motorola doesn't rely on benchmark-specific application detection and questionable "optimizations." Rather, they actually employ genuine speed tweaks, in the form of optimized Bionic and Dalvik libraries. But before delving further to learn about how you can use optimized libraries to improve the performance on your own Qualcomm-based Nexus device, let's...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 26, 2013

AOKP KitKat 4.4.2 Nightlies Now Available for 10 Devices!

As you're making your way down the list of things to try with your newly acquired tech toys, one thing you'll undoubtedly get around to is flashing a custom ROM. Those looking for aftermarket firmware now have one more Android 4.4.2-based option, as the AOKP team has just finished incorporating Google's latest and greatest into their nightly builds. Currently, Android 4.4.2-based nightly builds are available for the Google Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus 7 (2013), Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 23, 2013

Developer Preview Lets You Dual Boot Ubuntu and Android

If you've been wanting to try out Ubuntu on your mobile device but found yourself reluctant to switch to an entirely new ROM, Canonical has a special treat for you. Earlier today, they announced the developer preview of their new dual boot solution, which lets you seamlessly switch between Ubuntu and Android in just a few clicks. Unlike previous solutions that allowed users to switch between Android and Ubuntu, Canonical's new dual boot solution allows users to switch between the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 23, 2013

Candy Shop Helps You Change the Look of Many Screen Elements with ZipThemer

Theming is one of the most interesting aspects of Android. Modifying the look of various UI elements often leads to as noticeable of an impact as getting new features. There are lots of ways to modify the look of your screen, but what to do when you want to modify only one element? There is an app in the Play Store called ZipThemer. Basically this tool allows you to add some custom UI elements to your favorite custom ROM's update.zip...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 15, 2013

Wanam Kit Xposed Module Unleashes Full Potential of Nexus Devices

As you all know, AOSP is the purest form of Android. All Nexus devices are shipped with relatively clean Android, baked by Google engineers. Constant and frequent updates make it a quite interesting position for all Android enthusiasts. But AOSP is pretty barebone, as it lacks many of the key features of skinned ROMs that many of us have come to enjoy. This is when the brilliant Xposed Framework enters the picture. A few months ago, we talked about an...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 11, 2013

Android 4.4.2 KOT49H Source Code Released, Factory Images for Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10

Just two days ago, we wrote about how Android 4.4.2 was rolling out to the most recent Nexus devices. This was only four days after the Android 4.4.1 roll out. And earlier today, we took a quick look at what changed from 4.4 to 4.4.2. Now, we're glad to report that the Android 4.4.2 source code has made its way over to the AOSP, and factory restore images are now available for the  Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 7...

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