Upgrading LG Nexus 4 from Android 5.1 to 5.1.1

One of the benefits of a Nexus device is that you are among the first to receive new OS updates, even if you have an older device. The good old LG Nexus 4, as of May 26 in 2015, is now running Android 5.1.1. The previous version running on mine was 5.1. The upgrade went well and without a problem. If you are curious, I have a play by play of the upgrade after the break…

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Upgrading Nexus 4 from Android 5.0.1 to Android 5.1

The Google pushed a new version of Android for their LG Nexus 4 smartphone, upgrading to 5.1 (I was previously at 5.0.1). I am happy to write that this upgrade was smooth and eventless. The last time I had trouble was in June 2014 going from 4.4.2 to 4.4.3. The three subsequent upgrades (four counting this one) were much smoother.

So if you want to know what to expect going from 5.0.1 to 5.1 before you attempt it, here is what I experienced… (please note that I am pruning the screenshots to only shot relevant information, in order to keep this fairly short)

The System Update notification gets you to the Download screen. As you can see, this is a 174.5MB file.

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Upgrading Nexus 4 from Android 5.0 to 5.0.1 (spoiler alert: no problems)

The big step was the upgrade from Android 4.4.x to 5.0 but there was a surprise today, the Nexus 4 had a surprise persistent-notification, Android 5.0.1 was here and ready to be installed. To cut a long story short, this was a very smooth update.

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Upgrading Nexus 4 from Android 4.4.4 to Android 5.0 Lollipop

In this post, I chronicle my experience upgrading the LG Nexus 4 from Android 4.4.4 to Android 5.0 aka Lollipop. This is a Google Play Nexus 4, unlocked and without carrier bloatware. I only did this on one device, one time, so I can’t speak to what happens if you have different Android versions or configurations.

The post is presented in three levels of information. First up, a quick summary, then a timeline of events, and then a play by play of the action.

Summary

If you don’t want to read all the step by step details, here is a recap here, followed by a Timeline:

  • need at least 500MB free space per Google
  • need more than 50% battery life if unplugged
  • download is 394.4 MB
  • too about 70 minutes to complete end to end, using Home Wifi, unplugged

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Transfering your Samsung Video Hub Library to M-Go

As perhaps part of a historic compromise between Google and Samsung, Samsung has been slowly shedding off its own content services that compete with the Google Play digital content store. One of the jettisoned services is Samsung’s Video Hub, part of the Watch ON app. Many of you probably know it as the free video credit that used to be part of the free Samsung Galaxy Perks packages.

Regardless, Samsung is pulling the plug on them on August 1st in 2014, but thankfully they are not letting customers digitally twist in the wind. They came to an agreement with video service M-Go to digitally transfer your Samsung Video Hub library over there for free. And to encourage such a transfer, they are also offering staggered freebies. But let’s start from the beginning…

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Upgrading the LG Google Nexus 4 from Android 4.4.3 to 4.4.4

After the infinite loop installation scare of going from Android 4.4.2 to 4.4.3 on the LG Nexus 4, I was in fingers-crossed formation when I attempted the upgrade from Android 4.4.3 to 4.4.4 which Google pushed out unexpectedly to the world. This is the OTA update, performed after I was prompted by the Nexus 4 itself. This is an unlocked N4 purchased directly from Google Play running stock as is, unrooted and un-hacked.

TL;DR: the upgrade was smooth and with no problems and it lasted probably under ten minutes end to end. A more elaborate recount of my nano adventure follows…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with 4.4.2: you can now store Google Play All Access Subscription Music to your MicroSD memory card

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 fans, rejoice! One of the benefits that came with the arrival of Touchizified Kit Kat is that you can now store your Google Play All-Access Music subscription to your Note8’s memory card! You can have a lot more storage on the memory card plus you can free up space on your internal 16GB memory for other purposes. It’s bad enough TouchWiz eats up a nice chunk of it out of the box.

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Upgrading Samsung Galaxy Note 8 from Android 4.2.2 to Android 4.4.2 (Kit Kat) [one solvable problem: touchscreen not responding to finger input]

Kit Kat time for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Android tablet! This is my “journal” of the Upgrade from Android 4.2.2 to Android 4.4.2, Kit Kat!

Since this is a big update, I performed it while connected to wall power. The S-Pen was out of its “nest” during the Update (not by design, it just happened to be so).

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Problem For Some? Google LG Nexus 4 OTA upgrade to Android 4.4.3 getting stuck in “Installing System Update…” Loop

CAUTION: if you haven’t yet upgraded your LG Nexus 4 Android phone, you may want to wait to see whether this is a more general problem or not. I was excited to try the OTA upgrade, but it got stuck in the “Installing System Update…” loop. After 30 minutes of infinite loop, I pressed the Power Button until it rebooted. After that, the Update to 4.4.3 completed successfully. Details below…

This is a Google Play purchased phone, running 4.4.2 without any hacks or modifications, unlocked but unrooted, on the T-Mobile network. The update happened on battery, no USB connection.

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How To Get a Free Monthly Kindle eBook from the Samsung Book Deals

In a very interesting move for both sides, Samsung today announced a new co-promotion with Amazon, launching a custom-edition of the Amazon Kindle Android app in the Samsung Android app store. Yes, Samsung has its own Android app store available in all their Android devices. Many people completely ignore it, but today’s development may increase interest because this co-operation gets you one free Kindle e-book every month, from a selection of four ebooks pre-selected by Samsung-Amazon.

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