Good news for owners of the Nexus 4 smartphone released by LG back in 2012 with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but which received 5.1 Lollipop a year ago. The handset will be updated to 6.0 Marshmallow, but only via custom ROM, as the phone is too old to get the new firmware because of its obsolete hardware. Currently, there are two custom ROMs to choose from and we’ll tell you more about them below.
First of all, those who haven’t bought this phone, but they’re planning to purchase it because it’s very cheap (less than $150), should know the specs of the Nexus 4. The device has a mate plastic body with a floating arc design, it measures 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm, it weights 139 grams and has a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus screen supporting a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels at 318 ppi, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The device is powered by a Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor that’s backed by an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM and it’s available in two variants of internal memories of 8GB and 16GB, which aren’t expandable. The primary camera supports a resolution of 8MP, but it’s not the greatest, while the front camera is 1.3MP and we don’t recommend you to take selfies with it. The battery is not removable and its capacity is very small, of only 2100mAh.
If you’ve already bought this model long time ago and want to explore the new features of 6.0 Marshmallow, you’ll install one of the two custom ROMs offered by Dmitry Grinberg and Aldrin Holmes. Here’s how you can install any of them on your device:
– First of all, transfer the TWRP file to your Nexus 4 and update/install it;
– Restart your device and boot it into Recovery Mode by pressing and holding the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons
– After the TWP UI loads up, select Wipe > Factory Reset;
– Copy and paste one of the ROM-GApps into your phone and restart it to enter Recovery mode again.
Congratulations! Your Nexus 4 will run now on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.