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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Evernote Android app on a Chromebook review

I am slowly but steadily getting “converted” to the Cult of Evernote. So I was excited to try out the Android version of the Evernote app running in the Android runtime “virtual box” in Chrome OS. This is my experience with it, using a 11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook (the late 2012 model)…

Using the Evernote Android app on Chrome OS

Overall, I must say this turned out to be better than I expected. In practical terms, it gives you the option to use Evernote Off-line, and that’s one big plus over using the Evernote Web Client. During my use, this has been reliable in terms of syncing later. As far as I can tell, I haven’t lost any new note or note update or edit by using the “ChromeDroid” app (that’s my nickname for Android apps running on Chrome OS). So your Chromebook can be repurposed into a dedicated Evernote client device 🙂

Sync appears to be happening on its own (if it’s activated in the Settings), you don’t have to manually Sync. Of course if you are using it Off-line and then want to sync it all, it’s faster to manually Sync.

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Opinion: Why Amazon needs the Instant Video app on Google Play

Opinion time! Amazon has a lot of apps for mobile devices, and historically they have been putting their most important apps in as many platforms as possible. Except for the Instant Video app. That app is available for the Kindle Fire devices and for iPads and Roku boxes and BluRay players and such, but there’s still no official launch for the Android proper store, Google Play. Why is that?

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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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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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