You can already get a fully functional Lollipop ROM for the Nexus 4

Android L on the Nexus 5. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Android L on the Nexus 5. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Can’t wait to get your hands on Android 5.0 Lollipop? You’re not the only one. But if you’re a Nexus 4 owner, you don’t have to wait. An unofficial Lollipop ROM is already available for the device, and almost everything works as it should.

This ROM is an “enhanced version” of the latest Lollipop developer preview that Google pushed out after its Nexus announcement last week, and it’s also available to the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7. According to the release notes, “it offers a permissive selinux policy… and rock solid stabilty along with drastic improvements in speed and smoothness.”

You’ll need a rooted device with either ClockworkMod recovery or TWRP, and the installation process is just like flashing any other custom ROM. However, you’ll need to factory reset your phone from within recovery first (so be sure to backup your data), and format the internal storage.

First boot may take up to ten minutes, so don’t be too concerned if your device hands for a little while when it first powers up. Other than that, everything should work as you’d expect — except for those who have a 2013 Nexus 7 LTE, in which case you’re going to lose your data connection.

For the ROM and instructions you’ll need to make the magic happen, check out the original XDA Developers thread by following the source link below.