Ever since Android Nougat was officially released to the public, many device owners out there have been looking for details on whether their handsets will be part of the latest dessert.
Of course, the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S7, HTC 10, Google Nexus 6 as well as LG Nexus 5X are in line to receive the update. In fact, the Nexus 6P and 5X were the first handsets to receive the new OS immediately it was released a few weeks ago. While it has always been the norm for Google Nexus devices to lead the way when it comes to receiving software updates, not all of devices available in the market will be receiving this update.
In addition to the Google Nexus 6P and 5X, Android Nougat will also come to the likes of Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, however, there is no room for the 2013 Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. Despite this, developers have been busy with devising ways by which this latest Nougat dessert can get to these older Nexus devices. So far, they have succeed with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 and now the Google Nexus 4 has joined the party.
Having been around for four years now, the Google Nexus 4 is automatically out of the list of devices that are eligible for the OTA update. Initially, the phone came in with Android JellyBean and later on updated to Lollipop, which happens to be the last major update the device received. Now, folks at XDA developers’ forum have managed to come in with a custom ROM for the Google Nexus 4 based on the latest Android Nougat OS. However, just like other Nougat-based ROMs, this current version is by no means a daily driver.
In short, you should take this road at your own risk since flashing the phone with an Android Nougat ROM could result in unwanted results. Still, the software should work on the Google Nexus 4 handset if these XDA instructions are followed keenly. Keep in mind that this software is not yet stable and as such, expect some issues related to Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi, but there is apparently no problem with USB connectivity as well as the radio interface.
As noted, this Android Nougat ROM is not something you can rely on as your daily driver with respect to the Google Nexus 4, but it can give you a taste of what this OS is really like.
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