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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.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.