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Google employees already running Android L on Nexus 4 phones
There is a possibility that Google is planning to officially release Android L for the Nexus 4.
The comments, one which comes from a user with a google.com email address and the other with a chromium.org email address, are responses to bug reports filed against Chromium on code.google.com. In both cases the users mention testing various bits of Chromium functionality on Nexus 4 phones, running Android L.
The first of the two comments confirms that a particular bug had been fixed in Chromium 38.0.2125.24 when tested on a Nexus 4 running “LRW52G”. The initial release of the Android L Developer Preview were LPV79 and LPV81C. It is assumed that LRW52G is an internal Google build of Android L.
The second comment is more specific. The Google employee says “With my N4 on Android L, I could…” A clear statement that they are using Android L on a Nexus 4 phone. Of course, they could be using the build made available via XDA. However when you put the two comments together, the possibility exists of an official internal build of Android L for the Nexus 4, which is being used by Google employees.
Although good news, this is by no means a guarantee that we will see an official release of Android L for the Nexus 4 or for the Nexus 7 (2012). It is good practice for any engineering company to test a product as much as possible before release and if that means making internal builds available for unsupported hardware then that is fine. But Google’s aspirations for Android L on the Nexus 4 could stop right there.
However, since Google has committed to bringing Android L to the Android One platform, there should be no reason (other than the man power / expense) for Google not to release Android L on the Nexus 4.
What do you think? Would you like to see Android L on the Nexus 4?