Unofficial CM11 KitKat ROM for the Galaxy Nexus hits stable version

by: Bogdan PetrovanDecember 6, 2013

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Users of the aging Galaxy Nexus can treat themselves with some unofficial KitKat goodness, thanks to a custom ROM developed by XDA contributor PlayfulGod.

The ROM is an unofficial build based on CM11, which in turn is based on the AOSP version of Android 4.4 KitKat. PlayfulGod calls it a beta, because it lacks some customization features present on CM11 (which just hit the official M1 milestone for several Nexus devices), but the ROM is said to be very stable, with only a handful of relatively minor bugs marring the user experience.

More specifically, previewing doesn’t work in the panorama mode of the camera app, the screenshot taking animation has some graphical glitches (though screenshots turn out fine), and there’s an issue related to viewing recent images from the camera app.

These problems aside, the latest version of the ROM should be stable enough for daily driving, though, as with any custom ROM, caution is advised.

You will require the latest version of ClockworkMod or TWRP recovery, and, as usual, you will have to flash Gapps afterwards. A backup and a factory reset are highly recommended before proceeding. PlayfulGod provides all the necessary instructions on this XDA thread.

To the disappointment of many users, Google announced it won’t roll out KitKat to the Samsung-made Nexus, which was unveiled in October 2011 as the first device to run Ice Cream Sandwich. The last official update to the device was Android 4.3.

Work on unofficial ports of KitKat for the Galaxy Nexus began just days after the launch of the new OS version. Tinkerers are also making KitKat ROMs for the Nexus One and Nexus S, and even the legendary HTC HD2.

  • Rohan J Singh

    delay in screen waking up on receiving a call is another bug .. but other than those you mentioned hats off to the dev for doing this for us .. learn something google !

    • slimdizzy

      A true KK build needs a 3.4+ kernel to fully work 100%. This can’t happen for the GNex and that is why Google dropped support for it. Not Google’s problem. Texas Instruments would need to build new binaries for a 3.4 kernel for the OMAP proc in the GNex.

  • Tiago Azevedo

    I think the most important thing the Galaxy Nexus users need is someone to successfully port a 3.4 working kernel. Without that, project Svelte will not work properly on KitKat.

    • slimdizzy

      Sadly I dont see thins happening. To much relies on TI digging up old unsupported/out-of-the-game-now source and building binaries for us.

  • Hothfox

    I think I’m on SlimKat? I can’t remember. It reboots here and there and has some graphical glitches, but I just can’t be bothered to wipe and set up my device again when my Moto X is supposed to be here next week. If it were official CM11, then maybe.

    Kudos, etc. to the dev though. Lots of people will be happy about this.

    • slimdizzy

      The reboots are gon but the glitches are still there as we really need a 3.4 kernel for the GNex. I just dont see it happening though. Enjoy your Moto X, I love mine!!!!

  • PlayfulGod

    Actually I’m a Recognized Developer, ;)

    This is built with the same src as CM is using, so its the same as a nightly… which are also available officially for maguro. ;)

  • SeraZR™

    And now we have 4.4.1 build ^__^

  • Sahil Arora

    This is not good!!! Neither Google nor CM have released the official Kitkat ROM for my Google Nexus!! :( Hate this!! Please bring something official guys!!

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