A few days back, the new Android 7.0 Nougat had made its way to the Google Nexus 5. Not in an official sense, of course, for the Big G left the antiquated handset out of the reckoning with its most recent firmware update. The Android hacking community, as usual, had other ideas, and has outdone itself once more with a port of the latest flavor of Android to the Nexus 4.
Just like it was for Nexus 5, the build for Nexus 4 isn’t meant to be used as a daily driver, if it can be used at all as the camera, NFC, and various sensors aren’t working yet. Devices as old as the Nexus 4 receiving such ports within a week of the launch of Android Nougat goes on to show the great developer community behind these devices and the true strength of nexus devices which have never had the greatest camera or the best display (until the Nexus 6P of course) but they are still getting Nougat when many of the newer devices may not even get such unofficial ports.
Given that both the Nexus 5 and 4 don’t have stable builds yet running Android Nougat but it is only a matter of months when they will be running fully working Nougat Roms while others still wait for official updates. This is not bashing on other devices, nor those who choose them, this is just to highlight the selling point of Nexus devices.
So if you still want to go ahead and proceed with the update, then below is the step-by-step procedure to do the same on your Nexus 4 smartphone –
- First of all, download the Zip for your device.
- Make sure it is on your phone’s internal memory or external sd card.
- Boot into Recovery, preferably TWRP recovery.
- Once done, flash the Gapps as well to make sure you have all the necessary software running on the phone.
- After this Wipe all the cache data, etc.
- The next step is to install the SuperSU. This step is optional and do this if you have the root access to the device.
- After the reboot, your Nexus 4 will be running the latest Android 7.0 Nougat.
Before proceeding however you may want to check the official XDA thread and it is recommended that you do and make an informed decision.
Let us know if you installed the software on your Nexus 4 and if it worked for you. Stay tuned for more info on this as we will update once a stable version is available.