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For those of you who want to get a little more “oomph” out of your LG Nexus 4 Android smartphone, you can if you have a rooted Nexus 4 with a custom kernel that supports overclocking.
If you do want to overclock, I highly do suggest Faux kernel for Nexus 4, which provides overclocking up to 1.944Ghz while giving you pretty good battery life.
To install Faux kernel, you simply need to install the kernel zip file in CWM Recovery. (see latter part of video above for installation)
Before you install the kernel though, I highly suggest you to either make a backup ROM or have your custom ROM zip file handy. If something goes wrong, you can easily restore your ROM or simply flash over your custom ROM zip file, which will restore whatever kernel you had before installing Faux kernel.
Once custom kernel is installed, you will also need some type of overclocking app or use performance menu (available in most custom ROMs) to actually overclock. Most custom kernels are not overclocked out of the box. For this, most custom ROMs have a “performance” menu in settings OR you can install overclocking apps like SetCPU.
Does overclocking burn your CPU?
Contrary to belief, overclocking doesn’t mean your CPU will always be running at 1.944Ghz, it simply means that your CPU’s maximum frequency limit is 1.944Ghz but it won’t go that high unless you are being busy on your phone such as playing HD games or running CPU-intensive apps.
If you want to know more about differences between smartphone CPUs and desktop CPUs, see this video below or see Overclocking Explained!
Download Faux Kernel (courtesy of XDA user Faux123 – Please donate or hit “Thanks” button if you like his kernels.):
Download Faux Kernel for Nexus 4 Android 4.2.2 Turbo Boost Ultimate (OC up to 1.944Ghz)
Download Faux Kernel for Nexus 4 Android 4.2.2 Turbo Boost Mainline (OC up to 1.836Ghz)
Other recommended Kernels:
- Matr1x – Only GPU overclocking, enabled by default.
- Trinity Der Kernel – Overclocking up to 1.836Ghz
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