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Nexus 4 Lollipop port gives early peek at new Gmail, Music, Messenger, and other updated apps
Nothing stays private on the internet, and the least so firmware and APKs that are eagerly anticipated by hordes of frenzied Nexus warriors.
It looks that we won’t have to wait for the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 to land in November in order to check out Google’s revamped applications coming with Lollipop. Someone obtained a system dump from a Nexus 6 and made it available on XDA.
This is great for two reasons – it allows devs to tinker with it and even port it to other devices – they are already doing it with the Nexus 4. Second, it gives us access to apk files of all the apps installed on the Nexus 6, including some intriguing ones, like the Material-design updated Gmail 5 (which will support non-Gmail email providers), the mystery new Messenger app, the revamped Play Music app, and more.
To be clear, this isn’t final software – the APKs are signed as test versions, and some of them (like the Play Music app) seem unfinished. These are likely apps from an early build that somehow made it online. With that said, here’s a gallery of screenshots from the apps, put together by redditor jokkir:
And here are some from Carsten Knobloch of Caschys Blog, including Docs, Gmail, Music and Calendar:
If you have a device running Android 5.0 Lollipop preview (Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013) you can try these APKs out, but you do it at your own risk, as they may or may not work as intended on your device.