Samsung Galaxy Nexus Gets Unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat ROM


Google upset Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners last week when it announced that the two-year-old device would not be supported by its latest Android 4.4 KitKat release, but as is often the case in the Android community, third-party developers have stepped in to lend a hand. Just days after the update got its public release alongside the Nexus 5, an unofficial ROM for the Galaxy Nexus is already available.

Before you get too excited, you must know that this ROM is an alpha build that does contain lots of issues. Because Google hasn’t released an official KitKat ROM for the Galaxy Nexus, developers have had to improvise, and that means that certain things don’t work as they should. In addition to poor performance throughout the whole system, you’ll find it’s generally unstable, and prone to crashing a lot.

With that said, it’s probably best you don’t install this if your Galaxy Nexus is your only smartphone. We know how tempting those KitKat improvements can be, but you simply cannot rely on this ROM just yet. It will improve, however; its developers will continue to work on it going forward and at some point we should see a stable release that will be suitable for day-to-day use.

If you have a spare Galaxy Nexus — or you simply want to ignore everything I just said — then you’ll find the Galaxy Nexus ROM on the XDA Developers forum by following the source link below. There’s also a separate release for the Verizon version of the device, which you’ll find here.

If you do decide to try this ROM, let us know how you get on with it by leaving us a comment below.