Google is continuing its unstoppable rollout of Android 5.0 for its Nexus line of products. It initially started the rollout with the Nexus 5, the WiFi versions of the Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), and the Nexus 10. Today we’re happy to announce that the Nexus 4 is also getting Lollipop love, with the factory image and binaries now available.
There was a bit of fear on whether the Nexus 4 – its hardware aged such as it was and being launched all the way back October 2012 – would actually get a Lollipop update. But Google has erased all fears regarding that, coming out with a factory image with which you can wipe and update your venerable old Nexus 4.
Of course, applying the update is not the same as an OTA update – using the Android Lollipop factory image and binaries (drivers) would mean flashing them manually on your phone. For those who are not used to doing these manually, this might be a challenge. You might be better off waiting for the OTA update which is still sure to come, though we do not know when that will be.
But for those who are comfortable with doing the flashing process, you can go ahead and download at the source links below. Make sure you get to the Nexus 4 section codenamed “occam” for the factory image with version code LRX21T, and the binary section codenamed “mako” for the binaries with version code LRX20T. Oh, and never forget to have a working backup before you try to do any of these.