There’s certainly something to be said for fandom. Fandom dictates that you blindly defend the qualities of the object of your affection with no thought for the facts. It also means that you hold onto things way longer than you should and stay committed when it’s really time to move on. But it is fandom alone that is responsible for bringing Android 5.1 Lollipop to the Galaxy Nexus via CM 12.1 nightlies. Now that’s what I call love.

Google abandoned the Galaxy Nexus long ago in Jelly Bean days, moving on to younger, sexier Nexii. But the CyanogenMod faithful stayed true to the Galaxy Nexus, pushing CM 11 out to get it on KitKat. The love affair remains strong, with the team demonstrating their dedication once again by dropping nightlies of CM 12.1 for the G Nex and introducing it to the world of Lollipop.

I can’t tell you how smooth it is because I killed my Galaxy Nexus with fire long ago, but even an unstable buggy version of Android 5.1 on the Galaxy Nexus is worth trying out. If you’ve got a G Nex hiding in a drawer somewhere, feel free to dust it off, flash the ROM and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. At this stage it seems unlikely that CM 13 will ever make it to the Galaxy Nexus, but you never know, the fires of fandom burn deep.

How long is too long to hold onto an old phone? What do you do with your old phones?

Kris Carlon
Kris Carlon is a Senior Editor at Android Authority. He is a half-British Australian who lives in Berlin, travels a lot and is always connected to a laptop, phone, smartwatch or tablet (and occasionally a book).
  • Modman

    probably would move on if I had money for a new phone. however if I still had one laying in a drawer I’d flash it. you never know if you lose or break you phone it might be handy as a spare

  • Forget about Galaxy Nexus.. I am Running CM13 on my Xperia Pro Phone (Single Core Processor, 512MB RAM, 1GB Internal Memory)..

    • Armaan Modi


  • Will this work on a CDMA variant?

  • Mrjacob351

    Galaxy nexus is still my main phone so f**k off :P

  • FknTwizted

    Might just do it… Hope this is universal since I have the vzw version of the phone.

  • FknTwizted

    Crap the only reason I still have it was I didn’t know if ever that vzw would have another nexus.

  • Chanc

    There are already ROMs for 6.0 on the Gnex its a hell of a phone, if only we could solve the ram issues there’s a few tweaks on the build prop and I’m currently typing this on my gnex with CM 12.1 ROM on it