December 23, 2013


The Nexus Q never really got all the way off the ground before Google killed it, largely due to the fact it was rather pricey and it arguably lacked the features needed to make it a real success. Despite this, the Nexus Q did manage to ship in very small quantities back in 2012, though there are probably less than a few thousand out there in the wild today.

If you happen to have a Nexus Q and are looking to get more out of it however, the good news is that Android 4.4 KitKat is now unofficially available for the little sphere-that-could (or should we say couldn’t?).

The new custom ROM is the work of XDA developer member hharte, who says the ROM is based on CM11 from a repo sync. The build is listed as experimental, though it’s actually reportedly very stable aside from a few quirks including sporadic stuttering in Google Play Music and the inability to install Chrome using the Play Store. Luckily, the APK file can be sideloaded without a hitch.

Adding KitKat to the Nexus Q could certainly be a way to bring new uses to the Q, though honestly it’s still not much more than a tinkerer’s toy at this point. Anyhow, to learn more about the Nexus Q KitKat ROM or for instructions on installing it, head on over to the XDA Developer’s forum.

Anyone out there still regularly using your Nexus Q or have you long since moved on? For those that have since stopped using the Nexus Q: is the ability to run KitKat enough for you to bring it back out of retirement? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Andrew Grush
Andrew is dedicated to reporting on the latest developments in the world of Android, and is very passionate about mobile technology and technological innovation in general. While he appreciates Android in all of its forms, he prefers a clean stock experience when possible and currently rocks a Nexus 5. Andrew also loves to engage with his readers, and welcomes well-thought-out conversations and responses in the comments section!
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