Will Verduzco · Nov 8, 2013 at 07:30 pm

Android 4.4 “SlimKat” Available for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus

We first heard that the  would not be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat goods when Google announced that the device fell outside of the traditional 18-month window for firmware updates. Many figured, however, that the underlying cause of this was not Google’s choice, but rather TI’s exit from the mobile SoC market—and of course, the subsequent lack of Android 4.4-compatible driver binaries for the OMAP4460 used in the device.

Despite the driver setbacks, we’ve seen highly functional, source-built Android 4.4 ROMs pop up for the GSM Galaxy Nexus (maguro), as well as for the Verizon CDMA/LTE variant (toro). The only thing left in the way of a happy Galaxy Nexus family was a build for the Sprint CDMA/LTE variant (toroplus). Now thanks to XDA Recognized Themer kufikugel, there is such a build.

If you have been keeping up with the Galaxy Nexus KitKat situation, you may recognize the name kufikugel. That’s because he’s also responsible for one of the two releases that we covered to initially bring KitKat support to the GSM version of the device. Now, he’s brought the ROM over to the toroplus. Just like his maguro ROM, this is a part of the SlimRoms SlimKat family of cross-device ROMs.

The vast majority of device features appear to be working in SlimKat for the toroplus, and many users have reported near flawless performance. But as expected, this also contains the same types of graphical glitches as seen in other Galaxy Nexus builds—though this may be alleviated thanks to newly available drivers. Other than that, users need to take care to download the proper gapps package and be on the latest version of CWM recovery.

Head over to the ROM thread to get started.

[Many thanks to XDA Forum Member  rjzmanz for the heads up and sharing his experiences with the ROM.]


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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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