Will Nexus 4 have Android L 5.0 (Lollipop)?
October 3, 2014
Earlier this year, Google announced that it is working on Android L 5.0 (Lollipop), largely rumored to be Android Lemon Meringue Pie (LMP), to be released to the public sometime later this year. The latest Android L build is LRW66E. Google made public the source code for Android L 5.0 (Lollipop) through its Android Open Source Project for its line of Nexus smartphones and tablets, but only said that the final version will be available on the 2013 Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 models. Google employees were seen testing Android L 5.0 (Lollipop) on the two-year-old Nexus 4, a sign that Google could be considering making its latest iteration to its mobile platform available on the two-year-old device. But things are hopefully going to change for users who own a Nexus 4, as evidence posted on the Chromium section of Google’s developer forums point to a number of Google employees using Android L on their Nexus 4. It remains unclear if Google will also make Android L 5.0 (Lollipop) available on Nexus 4, given that the search company has previously stated that it only provides 18 months of updates to its devices.
However, with the new line of budget-friendly Android One smartphones to be released by Google’s Indian partners Micromax, Karbonn and Spice also receiving Android L 5.0 (Lollipop) when it comes out this year, it seems unlikely that a device with better hardware to handle the new platform will not be updated. “With my N4 on Android L 5.0 (Lollipop), I could open these images in the native Android Apps (Galary/Google+Photos), that employs the native WebP support in Android,” writes one user using a Google employee email address in one of the threads discussing Google’s “Take a Tour” feature in Android L 5.0 (Lollipop).However, the search company has already made Android L 5.0 (Lollipop) available in the Developer Preview mode for those using the Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet. Another user with a Chromium.org email address was seen explicitly using Android L build LRW52G on his Nexus 4.