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Nexus 4 Android update: latest news

Update: CyanogenMod 13 nightlies bring Marshmallow

The Nexus 4 was left off the official update list for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but there is a way to build Marshmallow yourself and get it running on your Nexus 4, and CyanogenMod now offers its own Marshmallow experience. Have a look down the page to find out how to get Marshmallow on your Nexus 4.

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The Nexus 4 won't receive the Android Marshmallow update. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Nexus 4 not receiving the Marshmallow update should come as no surprise, given that Nexus devices generally only receive major Android updates for around two years, and the Nexus 4 will be three years old on November 13. 

CyanogenMod 13

CyanogenMod 13, the patron saint of forgotten devices, has gifted the Nexus 4 with Marshmallow. Nightly builds of CM 13, which is based on Marshmallow are now available.

Nightlies are experimental, automatically created builds of the software, and will be covered in bugs, so unless you're happy to accept a very unpolished user experience, you're better off waiting for a stable build. If you're desperate for Marshmallow, however, feel free to give it a spin.

Marshmallow ROM 

Prior to CyanogenMod's release, Dmitry Grinberg, a Russian emigre programer, posted a surprisingly simple tutorial explaining how you can update your Nexus 4 device to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. 

Grinberg has built a ROM and made it available you to download. You'll need to flash your device to use it. Although it's unlikely, you should be aware that the ROM may have been tinkered with, so download and use it at your own risk. Grinberg also gives instructions on how you can build the ROM yourself, which is a safer option. It still necessitates flashing your device, however, and that alone can cause problems. But if you're willing to take the risk, building and using the ROM is relatively simple, so take a look and decide for yourself.

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Flashing factory images is all part and parcel of being a Nexus owner. / © ANDROIDPIT

Are you disappointed that the Nexus 4 won't officially receive Android Marshmallow? Will you be trying he manual update above? Let us know in the comments. 



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  • Tony C 11 months ago Link to comment

    I had rooted my N4 to try Ubuntu, but eventually unrooted the N4 and installed a stock version of 5.1.1 I could not believe the difference in performance. Battery often lasts almost two days and the phone is also very fast. I have no intention to install 6 as my phone is running like new.

  • My Nexus 4 is running 5.1,1 o.k. but the most recent updates have not come through yet for my Nexus 7 and it definitely feels laggy (but does improve after about 15 minutes although there does not seem to be any activity) so if the hardware is deemed capable of running Marshmallow then I think they should receive the upgrade - even if we have to wait a while. A definitive statement would be appreciated.

    • Phil Oct 8, 2015 Link to comment

      I fully support your comments, indeed I am looking for an update of my Nexus 4, which is working perfectly under Lollipop. Stopping the portability of the latest ROM to Nexus product, just because by law they are not obliged. When the hardware might be capable to receive it, I feel it as a weakness in Android model. When we see what competition is doing Apple and lately within the Microsoft Keynote. Even if Google does not show the way, what can we expect from brands such as LG, Samsung, HTC, Wiko... no follow up of their products.
      So might be worth to move to a new OS.

  • I'm using Nexus 4 and this would be wrong if Nexus 4 & 7's users aren't suppose to get 6.0 Android M update :/

    • I don't know what you mean by 'wrong,' but both of those devices are years old now, and everything stops getting support at some point. It's just how it works.

      • Sry to dissapoint you, but the nexus 4 has big performance and i find very stable under big load.

        People already installed marshmallow on nexus 4 and reported great results.

        It.s a way to sell more newer devices not that the devices are years old.

  • I'm still using my Nexus 4 and after I installed an Lollipop ROM, the performance grow up like 150% more than KitKat. Everything open fast and stable.

  • My next 4 was Ok after going to lollipop but my nexus 7 has been a snail crossed with a dog and got replaced this week..

  • why my nexus4 is not work after the last Update

  • Niko Li Jan 31, 2015 Link to comment

    I got notification December 2014 but downloading continue like one week then suddenly disappeared and in my system update is writen that my phone is up to date. Plus i cant check any more manually for update. My last update check is from 26.12.2014. Unbelievable torturing

  • It showed up out of the blue over the weekend! Updated straight to 5.0.1 & running great! There is hope for all of you still waiting! Hang in there...

  • Feeling like a redheaded stepchild here. No Lollipop for my Nexus 4 yet either. Don't want to manually flash and have to re-install everything but might have to.

  • Still no update here. Anybody else get it? Any ideas???

  • Hello, I have a nexus 4, brand new, and it's updating to 4.4.4 KitKat and that's it. I can't update to lollipop, it just says "your device is up to date", but I know there's supposed to be android l on it. Can someone help? Im living in Lithuania by the way, but I don't think that matters.

    • Same issue for me! Any solution?

    • Same problem here. Got a new (refurb) Nexus 4 for my daughter for Xmas & it installed all OTA updates, one right after the other, thru 4.4.4, then stopped. That was a week ago. I've tried every trick I can think of to force it but nothings worked. Today is the last day of Dec & I can't imagine that there are still phones out there that haven't been updated yet. I got my update to Lollipop on my own Nexus 4 over a month ago. This is getting ridiculous. Any help or insight would be appreciated.

    • Kaushik Jan 17, 2015 Link to comment

      Similar problem here... My nexus 4 was updated to 5.0.1 a few weeks ago but was reset back to 4.3 after a screen repair. It immediately received updates all the way to 4.4.4 and then stopped there. I've been waiting 2 weeks now but no 5.0.1 update 😐

  • Y Min Dec 16, 2014 Link to comment

    I have stock, unrooted Nexus 4. I received pop up notification a couple weeks ago to install OTA 5.0 lollipop update but never did. Now, the pop up notification is gone. How can I get OTA 5.0 lollipop update and installed?

  • Hi ..this is priyanka. I updated my nexus 4 to android 5.0 before 2 days. Since then every night after charging while i sleep, the battery gets drained to 0% and the phone switches off. Even during the day, charging the phone takes excessively long and after charging too, the battery gets discharged very fast. Today the battery got discharged from 93% to 50% only by one phone call and few minutes of internet surfing. Had to then start the battery saver mode.
    Can this be solved ? I am not very hardware friendly. I read in many blogs that factory reset might help solve the problem, but if i would lose all my data through factory reset then i do not wish to go for it !!

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