Android L Preview ROM for Nexus 4!

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For this week’s ROM of the week, check out Android L Preview ROM for your Nexus 4!

I know, I know, many of you have been waiting patiently and it just came out last night!  Best news?  This version is nearly identical to the original Android L Preview firmware on Nexus 5 that I have also.

Thanks to XDA user Sykopompos from Filthydelphia, we have a fully-working Android L Preview ROM on the Nexus 4!

What is it?

This is a developer’s preview version of upcoming Android 5.0 dubbed “L Preview” for now.  Originally only available as flashable firmware on Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, now it is available Nexus 4 thanks to open-source developers.

What’s new?

There’s a brand, new keyboard (which you can also install on any rooted Android device btw), lockscreen notifications (you’ve probably seen this on custom ROMs but hey, Google is finally listening to hardcore users like us), and some more, you can check out my Android L Preview video if you’ve never heard of this yet.

Just a note, you may find some apps such as Twitter that doesn’t work on Android L Preview ROM, but most apps I have tested work fine otherwise.  You can still use it as daily driver as phone calls/SMS/GPS/bluetooth/camera are working fine but do make a backup ROM before installing this ROM so you can always restore back if you find problems like not being able to run your favorite apps that you absolutely need on daily basis.

Overall, very nice work to XDA user Sykopompos, please don’t forget to donate to him for all his hard work for porting this from Nexus 5 and do let me know what you think of Android L Preview!


Download Android L Preview ROM for Nexus 4

(No Gapps needed)

To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM,  and reboot.   (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop, reboot into recovery, go to Advanced Wipe for TWRP or Mounts & Storage for CWM, format/wipe /system, then re-install ROM.)

First time installing custom ROM?  Please see How to Install Custom ROM on Nexus 4 first!

*Note – Please make sure you have latest CWM that’s compatible with KitKat ROMs.  If you’ve never installed KitKat ROMs, update your CWM/TWRP recovery first!

Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer of this ROM or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!


Want latest Android L Preview Keyboard?  See How to Install Android L Preview Keyboard on rooted Android!

Want Flash Player?  See How to Install Flash Player on Android 4.4.2/4.4.3 KitKat!

If you want some awesome audio, check out Viper4Audio FX MOD, which you can install on this ROM to enhance your music 100%.

If you want to run your apps in tablet/hybrid/custom DPI mode, see our Xposed App Settings guide.

If you want PIE Controls, see our LMT Pie Control guide.

Need to run apps that check for root?  Check out How to Run Apps that’s don’t run on rooted Android!


Q: My 3G/4G LTE data is not working!!!
A: See How to Fix 3G/4G LTE data by Manually Setting APN on Android!

Q: I don’t have Play Store nor any of the Google apps!
A: You forgot to install Gapps, reboot into recovery and install it! (See above for download.)

Q: The ROM is not booting!
A: Try formatting /system and re-install ROM, sometimes the system partition gets corrupt and you may have to try 2 or 3 times before the ROM boots.

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11 Responses to Android L Preview ROM for Nexus 4!

  1. Hiho!!! Rooted?

  2. Sourangshu Sengupta says:

    Hey! just wanted to know if this rom is compatible with franco kernel. right now im running stock rom+ franco kernel. wanted to know if it would be ok to just flash the android L preview rom, or would i have to go back to stock kernel for that.

  3. zeyad says:

    Brilliant. Thanks for the Andriod L ROM,

    Been trying for months to get a boot loop , Unknown baseband issue sorted out.

    This has finally worked.

  4. Muhammad Mansoor says:

    My phone boots in bootloader CMW while charging being turned OFF. Being turned on. Android L preview Making my phone heatup while charging.

  5. Muhammad Mansoor says:

    I have rooted phone.
    with clock work
    Installed Android L Preview ROM for Nexus 4
    Everything runs fine.
    While on charge it is showing charging on USB even while connected to the socket it should be Charging normal/ Ac Charger/ charging.
    disadvantages: device heating up. Charging slow.
    Turning of the phone.
    Charging while turned off, starts charging then it reboots into the recovery. after few seconds.
    Please need help.

  6. Alaster says:

    I absolutely love this rom. I cannot wait for the official launch. The battery management is truly amazing. There is one bug that renders it useless and requires a reboot. When you are on the phone and you enable the speaker phone it works fine, but when you turn the screen off with speaker phone on and attempt to turn it back on the hang up the phone, the screen is black with only the lamp on. It isn’t a huge deal to me, because I don’t care for it. Other than that, it works flawlessly.

  7. Yatish says:

    I have rooted Nexus 4 with TWRP recovery.
    I am using multirom manager with cm11 as my internal Rom .
    Does it cause any problem if i Install Android L Preview ROM for Nexus 4 directly by flashing it as my secondary Rom.

  8. Oren Drobitsky says:

    well i hated android L from the start becuase i have problems connecting to my WIFI at my home,

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