[Download] Nexus 4 Android L developer preview port is finally here!!

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It’s finally here! A working port of Android L for Nexus 4. Google announced Android L at Google I/O 2014 on 25th June and today after 11 days we are finally getting a a port of Android L for Nexus 4 which boots, works and runs just fine. All thanks to XDA members iH8ra!n, sykopomposdefconoi, zyr3x, percy_g2, ben1066shubhamchamariamuzadull. Kudos!

The Nexus 4 Android L port has incompatibility issues like you’d expect from any initial ports, but surprisingly these issues aren’t anything that could stop you from using Android L on your Nexus 4 as daily driver, however the incompatibility issues with apps on Android L developer preview itself might keep you off from using the L release. Also fyi, this Android L port is coming from the Android L developer preview images for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013.

What’s not working on Nexus 4 Android L port?

Here’s the list of things that aren’t working on this port as of 06/07/2014.

  • No SuperSU/Root
  • Phone shortcut not appearing on lockscreen
  • SELinux and Knox

Also, you might experience random reboots with this Android L ROM.

UPDATE: Everything is now working on the Nexus 4 Android L Port!

The Nexus 4 Android L ROM installation is straightforward, you won’t have to install gapps separately as it’s based from Android L preview factory images for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013. Go ahead and grab the Android L ROM from download links below and flash it off using a custom recovery of your choice.

CUSTOM ROM INFO
Name Android L Developer Preview Port
Android Version Android L (released on June 25th, 2014)
Is this official? No.
Stability Good enough for daily use.
Credits iH8ra!nsykopomposdefconoizyr3xpercy_g2ben1066shubhamchamariamuzadull

 WARNING!

Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page.

You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

  NEXUS 4 ANDROID L INSTALLATION GUIDE

Before you begin with guide instructions below, make sure your android device is adequately charged — at least 50% battery of the device.

  STEP 0: CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO.

To make sure your device is eligible with this, you must first confirm its model no. in ‘About device’ option under Settings. Another way to confirm model no. is by looking for it on the packaging box of your device. It must be LG E960!

Please know that this page is meant only for LG Nexus 4. Please DO NOT try the procedures given here on any other device of LG or any other company. You have been warned!

  STEP 1: BACKUP YOUR DEVICE

Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on the internal memory, too.

For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.

 ANDROID BACK UP AND RESTORE GUIDE: APPS AND TIPS

   STEP 2: INSTALL CWM/TWRP RECOVERY

 Skip this step if you already have CWM or TWRP recovery installed on your device.

Make sure that you’ve latest version of the recovery installed on your device.

Nexus 4 CWM Recovery  |  Nexus 4 TWRP Recovery

   STEP 3: INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

  DOWNLOADS

Download the file given below and transfer it to a separate folder on your phone and remember the location.

  ROM FILE (pre-rooted)

DOWNLOAD LINK | File name: lpv-79-mako-port-beta3-pre3.zip (467.1 MB)

For latest version of the ROM file, check the original page →

Be sure to transfer the ROM file you downloaded above to your phone and remember the location of the file.

You will need to flash it now on your device using either of ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP recovery.

We’ve got separate guide for CWM and TWRP recovery, so use the guide relevant to the recovery you have installed on your device.

  GUIDE FOR FLASHING ROM IN CWM RECOVERY

  Example video: If you haven’t used CWM recovery before to install a .zip file of a ROM or anything else, then we suggest you first watch a video of that to get familiar with the process. Click here to watch the video

  1. Boot into recovery mode. If you’re rooted, the easiest way to boot into recovery mode would be using the QuickBoot app. If not rooted, then follow the instructions below:
    • Power off your device and wait for 5-10 seconds until the device is fully switched off.
    • Press and hold  Volume Down + Power button together and release them as soon as you see the bootloader screen.
    • Press Volume Up twice to scroll to Recovery mode and then press Power button to boot into recovery mode
      └ In Recovery mode, use Volume buttons to navigate Up and Down between options and use Power button to select an option.
  2. Create a Nandroid Backup from recovery. It’s optional but very important to do, so that in case something goes wrong you can restore to current status easily. For making a Nandroid Backup, go to Backup And Restore » Backup.
  3. Perform a full clean-up of the device (This will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). For this:
    • Select Wipe data/Factory reset, then select Yes on the next screen to confirm factory reset (screenshot).
    • Select Wipe Cache Partition, then select Yes on the next screen to confirm wiping cache.
  4. Install the ROM file:
    • Select Install zip » Choose zip from sdcard (or external sdcard, you know where your files are) » browse to the location where you saved the file and select the ROM file. How to Flash File in CWM Recovery
  5. Reboot your device. For this, go back to the main menu of recovery and select reboot system now.

That’s all. Your phone will now reboot and it will take some time as it’ll be phone’s first boot after installing Android 4.4, be extremely excited for this!

 Note: In case your device gets bootloop (stuck at logo while rebooting), just do a factory reset (step 3) and you will be fine.

GUIDE FOR TWRP RECOVERY USERS
  1. Boot into recovery mode. If you’re rooted, the easiest way to boot into recovery mode would be using the QuickBoot app. If not rooted, then follow the instructions below:
    • Power off your device and wait for 5-10 seconds until the device is fully switched off.
    • Press and hold Volume Down + Power button together and release them as soon as you see the bootloader screen.
    • Press Volume Up twice to scroll to Recovery mode and then press Power button to boot into recovery mode
      └ In Recovery mode, use Volume buttons to navigate Up and Down between options and use Power button to select an option.
  2. Create a Nandroid Backup from recovery. It’s optional but very important to do, so that in case something goes wrong you can restore to current status easily. For making a Nandroid Backup, go to Backup » and select all check boxes and swipe on the Swipe to confirm option at the bottom of the screen to confirm backup.
  3. Perform a Factory Reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). For this:
    • Tap on Wipe » then at the bottom of the screen do a Swipe on the ‘Swipe to factory reset‘ option (screenshot).
  4. Install the ROM file:
    • Tap on Install » browse to the location where you saved the files and tap on the ROM file. Now at the bottom of the screen, do a swipe on the Swipe to confirm flash option to begin flashing.
      How to Flash File in CWM Recovery
  5. Wipe cache and dalvik cache after the ROM is successfully flashed.
  6. Reboot your device. Go back to the main menu of recovery and tap on Reboot » then, tap on System to reboot your phone.

That’s all. Your phone will now reboot and it will take some time as it’ll be phone’s first boot after installing Android L, be extremely excited for this!

 Note: In case your device gets bootloop (stuck at logo while rebooting), just do a factory reset (step 3) and you will be fine.

FEEDBACK US!

It was easy to install Android L ROM on your Nexus 4, right? Let us know how it is to your liking in comments below.

Your suggestions and queries, if any, are most welcomed!

2 Comment

  1. Vishal says: Reply

    Stuck at bootloop performed wipe cache dalvik cahe and factory reset then too..:(

  2. Yatin Asri says: Reply

    Android L still comes with Battery heating problems when on AC charger. Also the battery life has improved a bit however even without data usage or data service being on my device the battery last only for about 6-8 hours max with about 15-20 mins of calling only. is there a fix/

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