Android L spotted being used on Nexus 4 by Googlers


Nexus 4 verdict

Well, isn’t this interesting. It appears the Nexus 4 won’t be left behind when Android L makes its way to handsets later this year. A recent bug report entry in Google’s issue tracker mentions a Nexus 4 running a build of Android L. The entry doesn’t tell us much about anything — just that Google definitely is testing the update out on 2012’s flagship Nexus handset.

We weren’t worried that the Nexus 4 wouldn’t get the upgrade. It’s still a fairly recent smartphone with hardware powerful enough to champion any Android release down the line. With Google emphasizing better performance on entry level hardware we imagine the Nexus 4’s shelf life will be much higher than that of the Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S (especially considering some of the low cost Android One phones launching next month are already poised to receive the upgrades).

The only question yet to be answered is when Google is actually planning to release Android L. Many have their fingers crossed in hopes of an October debut, though we wouldn’t be surprised if it takes them a bit longer. In any case, there are only about three months left to go before the “later this year” deadline expires, so it shan’t be long.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. As devs say… At least a week

  2. I hope they take a page out of Apple’s book and release Android L to all Nexus and Google Play devices before the release of the new nexus phone. iOS 8 was available for download a few days before the iPhone 6 was released

    1. I think they should revisit the older nexus devices and breathe new life into them.lol

  3. The Android L developer preview got ported to the Nexus 4 3 months ago (2 weeks after release). Of course, it’s a port, not an official release, but the people using it say it runs great and is stable enough to use as a daily driver.

    I don’t know if I’ll put L on my Nexus 4 or not. Xposed won’t work with ART, and I love what you can do with Xposed.

  4. Super excited for Android L and its features. I may opt for a nexus 5 instead of a 6 if the price is right..especially with WiFi calling baked in for T-Mobile……

    1. Do people still get anything out of wifi calling with the new hangouts and hangouts dialer?

  5. Good for nexus 4 users. At least they will get 2 years of support out of a phone and not left in the dust.

  6. I am very glad to hear this. I bought my Nexus 4 last year in June, fairly late, and it is still going strong. I’m sure Android L won’t be bad on it. I want to see Google keep this little guy alive for a while, as I don’t plan to upgrade soon :)
    -very happy Nexus 4 owner

  7. Good to see it showing up on older hardware.

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