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Nexus Q gets a taste of KitKat, courtesy of new CM11-based custom ROM

Thanks to a new CM-11 based custom ROM, the few Nexus Q owners out there can now unofficially make the jump to Android 4.4 KitKat. Keep reading for more details!
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!