How To Install Dirty Unicorns Oreo on Google Nexus 4 [Android 8.1 Oreo]

Google Nexus 4 (codename: mako) was launched in October 2012. The device came out of the box with Android 4.2 Jellybean and later upgraded to Android 5.1 Lollipop officially. you can enjoy the new update in the form of Custom ROM. For more information read the difference between Stock ROM and custom ROM. Finally, Dirty Unicorn Oreo ROM is now available for Nexus 4. If you want to enjoy real baked sweet of Android 8.1 Oreo, then you must try out the Dirty Unicorns Oreo on Nexus 4. The ROM currently comes with version Dirty Unicorns v12.1 (DU12.1).

Dirty Unicorns ROM is one of the best custom ROM which is built from AOSP. The project was originally started by Alex Cruz aka Mazda in the year 2012. The ROM was first based off AOKP and later moved to AOSP tree to continue the work for a long run. This Custom ROM comes with many features such as:

  • Fling
  • Pulse
  • SmartBar
  • Full rootless Substratum support
  • Statusbar Customization
  • Quick Settings Tweaks
  • Gesture Support and many other tweaks

Full Credits to Alex Cruz and the team behind the DU for bringing the much awaited Dirty Unicorns Oreo ROM for Nexus 4 with V12.1 (Version DU12.1). By installing this ROM, you can enjoy the latest version of Dirty Unicorns Oreo ROM on Nexus 4.

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How To Install Dirty Unicorns Oreo on Nexus 4

Dirty Unicorns Oreo on Nexus 4 (mako)

Here you can download and install the latest Dirty Unicorns Oreo on Nexus 4 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The ROM is stable and can be used as a daily driver. The ROM is based on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo, Before moving to installation part, let me brief the new changes in Android 8.1 Oreo.

What’s in Android 8.1 Oreo?

As you’d expect, Android 8.1 Oreo is an incremental update that builds out some of the new features found in the first version of Oreo. Android 8.1 Oreo is an improved version and shortcomings of Android 8.0 Oreo – This doesn’t mean Android 8.1 doesn’t include the new feature because it does. Here are all the features of Android Oreo [8.0/8.1]

Features of Android Oreo:

  • Notifications Channels (8.0)
  • Picture In A Picture (8.0)
  • Multi-Display Support (8.0)
  • Keyboard Navigation (8.0)
  • Background Limits (8.0)
  • New Wi-Fi Features (8.0)
  • Better Icons (8.0)
  • Autofill (8.0)
  • Cheeseburger Emoji (8.1)
  • Neural Networks API (8.1)
  • Pixel Visual Core co-processing technology to third-party developers (8.1)
  • and many more

Changes and Update to Android 8.1 Oreo:

If you want to install Dirty Unicorns Oreo on Nexus 4, you must first Unlock Bootloader and install TWRP Recovery. If you are already running any custom ROM or any builds, then we recommend you to clean flash, wipe data and system before flashing Dirty Unicorns Oreo ROM on your phone. Here is the statement from Alex Cruz:

[su_note note_color=”#fffde3″]This means that if you dare to dirty flash said builds on top of anything else, you’ll be met with a black screen. It won’t boot. This is intended because we want our users to get the very best experience. We want you to start off the right foot and thus forcing you to clean flash. Moving forward on to weeklies and other official builds, you won’t need to clean flash if you’re still in the official build.[/su_note]


Instructions to Install on Nexus 4:

  1. First of all, you need to Unlock Bootloader on Nexus 4
  2. Now install TWRP Recovery for Nexus 4. Watch Full Video on How to Install TWRP on any Android Phone.
  3. Download the below Dirty Unicorns 12.1 (DU12.1) for Nexus 4.
  4. Now boot into TWRP Recovery, Here is the method to boot into Recovery.
  5. Before installing Wipe System Data on TWRP Recovery

Required ROM FILES

Download Dirty Unicorns V12.1

Download Any Of the Gapps Below

MindTheGApps 8.1.0 Package

Delta Gapps with Modular Add-On

Micro GApps Package For Android Oreo


Android Oreo Gapps Package [Open Gapps] – Recommended

Gapps For LineageOS 15/15.1 [Also Supported any Android 8.1]

If you face Process Error, then simply follow this guide.


Guide to Flash Custom ROM using TWRP Recovery

Guide to Root any Custom ROM

If you don’t want SuperSU rooting guide, then you can try Magisk on your phone.

Guide to Install Latest Magisk Root

[su_note note_color=”#fffde3″]Note: If you already installed SuperSU, then make sure to follow our guide on How to Switch from SuperSU to Magisk. This guide will help you to easily revert the rooting and pass SafetyNet check[/su_note]


Find More Android 8.0 Oreo Tips and Tricks

Find all Android 8.0 Oreo Tips and Tricks to enable picture in picture feature WiFi issue and Other Most advanced features, tricks, and tips.

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That’s it! I hope you have installed the Dirty Unicorns Oreo on Nexus 4. Leave a comment or feedback down below. Thank you!.

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