We received tips from a number of folks this morning that the Nexus 4 has finally had its source code dropped into AOSP - and it has! Sort of. If you head over to the Android Git, and to the /lge/mako repo, you'll notice lots of things that people with beards understand. And those things are, basically, the source code for the Nexus 4 (which is still called mako in AOSP, apparently).


As you already know, the Nexus 4's source code was not included on the day Android 4.2 was pushed into AOSP, with Android maintainer JBQ saying only that support for the Nexus 4 was not available "at the moment." Today, it seems that we're moving toward that goal - though we aren't there just yet.

Driver binaries for the Nexus 4 still haven't been published, and are a key ingredient for making a device usable with AOSP code. You won't get too far without them. However, said drivers can be ripped off existing Nexus 4's and, combined with the published code, should prove to make a workable solution for the time being if you're absolutely chomping at the bit to get knee-deep in that AOSP goodness.

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Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    So I'm guessing Google and Qualcomm are working on a solution to get the Nexus 4 officially supported in AOSP. Can't wait for that :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Sounds like we're close.

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        I'd agree. Qualcomm are a good company, so I think they'll get their stuff into AOSP :)

  • http://twitter.com/HairoR Hairo R. Carela

    You need to grow a beard... now!!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      David cannot physically grow a beard.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        I'm filing a workplace facial hair harassment suit.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
        • Rob

          That would've been funnier as "HAIRassment" suit. Yes? No? Maybe? OK, whatever. (oO)

    • cy_n_ic

      Specifically a glorious neck beard!

  • APFan

    Not saying that the neckbeard joke was in poor taste, but it was.

  • ProductFRED

    I don't understand how Google could let this happen; they should not have released the device yet, or should have gone with another chip manufacturer (especially since LTE isn't even in the device, broadening the choices available).

    • QwietStorm

      That's just silly. Hold back the device availability for something that isn't even [immediately] necessary? We'll all live.

  • http://mitchs.co Mitch Samuels

    I just installed a 4.2 Rom on my Galaxy Nexus... Does ANYONE know how to disable animations? It used to be in the developer options, but now I don't see that in the settings menu!

    • http://twitter.com/hyperprosexic Christian Bermejo

      I remember seeing links about how to access the "secret" developer options menu for 4.2. Try Googling it. Otherwise, I don't know how.

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      Yes. Go to about device, tap multiple times in the build number. Now you have enabled developer option, you can set animation to none. Hope it helps :)

  • perfectlyreasonabletoo

    To be fair, only about 20-30 people have a Nexus 4 at this point in time.

  • Jameson Williams

    Hey, thanks for this post! It gave me enough clues to figure out howto build a working version of Android 4.2.1 for the Nexus 4. I wrote a howto on my blog, for any developers interested: http://nosemaj.org/howto-build-android-nexus-4