Will Verduzco · Nov 3, 2013 at 07:30 am

Android 4.4 Now Also Available for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

When Google stated that it would not update the  to Android 4.4 KitKat, many device owners were understandably disappointed. Many took their frustrations to the Internet, expressing distaste for the company’s decision. However, given TI’s exit from the mobile SoC market, we can’t imagine that Google had much choice in the matter.

It was only a matter of time, though, before the crafty developers here on XDA managed to get the latest version of Android onto the now unsupported device. Yesterday, we took a look at the first two source-built ROM builds for the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus (maguro). However, this was of little comfort to owners of the Verizon variant (toro). Now, however, there are two source-built ROMs for the toro that bring the latest 4.4 goods to a device that hasn’t even seen 4.3 in official capacity.

The first comes from XDA Forum Member MWisBest, with his release entitled Fork My Life. According to the developer, the ROM is relatively functional. User response seems to corroborate this statement. Like yesterday’s builds, there are graphical glitches in certain animations, as well as when running the stock browser. Also, the camera and gallery apps don’t seem to work in this release. However, everything else seems to be running fine for most users.

The second comes from XDA Forum Member fairct. Similarly, most features work on this build, but you will experience the same graphics glitches currently affecting all KitKat ROMs for the Galaxy Nexus. And according to one user, the camera even works on this build.

As was the case on the GSM Galaxy Nexus (maguro) builds covered yesterday, the graphical glitches in these two builds are to be expected. This is most likely due to the changes to SurfaceFlinger that I detailed in my Android 4.4 feature overview. And as stated in the previous article, this is unlikely to go away entirely without updated driver binaries, which TI is unlikely to provide now that they are out of the SoC business.

In any case, if you are willing to deal with the graphical glitches, which really aren’t that bad unless you are in Chrome browser or viewing certain transition animations, head over to the builds below to get started.

While there currently are no source-built Android 4.4 builds for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus (toroplus), we can’t imagine that it’ll be long before we see them starting to pop up.


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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