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Android 4.4 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy Nexus is unofficially available

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As Google drops support for the device, independent developers use ROMs from the Android Open Source (Project) to provide operating system updates to the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
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When Google released Android 4.4 KitKat, this new version arrived with support for older devices just as promised back in September. Unfortunately owners of Samsung Galaxy Nexus handsets did not receive any good news, as support for their phones was dropped by Google. On the other hand, it seems that unofficial KitKat ROMs are already available for those who want Android 4.4 on their Galaxy Nexus no matter what.

Owner of a Verizon Galaxy Nexus himself, Android developer baldwinguy77 known for his OTA-like builds for this specific handset has just released a new ROM called “Shiny” Android 4.4 KRT16M. This ROM is built using the Android source code published by Google for developers, but it also comes with the following highlights (as described by the author):

  • G-Apps (GMail, Play Store, etc.) included in build along with Nexus apps
  • Stock browser replaced with Google Chrome
  • All the crazy Google proprietary app stuff has been taken care off
  • Easily rootable

While the build above is supposed to be free of bugs and in a state very close to the original Android 4.4 KitKat, some may want to try the Alpha builds of the SlimKat (Maguro) ROM released by kufikugel on the XDA Developers forum. Unfortunately this one already has a rather long list of known bugs, so most Samsung Galaxy Nexus users may want to skip it for now.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5436 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2013-11- 4 (Update: 2013-11- 5)