More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Legendary Google Nexus One Gets Android 4.4 and Joins Its Younger Brothers
In recent days, we’ve informed you about a variety of official KitKat updates. They all had one thing in common: Every update was delivered to some brand new devices like the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play editions, each with powerful CPUs and newest drivers. But what happens with much older and unsupported devices? Do they gather dust? Not a chance at XDA.
The Google Nexus One, the company’s first flagship device from early 2010 (read more here) recently received an Android 4.4 port. The update was made by XDA Recognized Developer texasice and his team. It’s based on AOSP, with additional features to enhance the functionality of the ROM. All these features can be disabled with just one switch to give a relatively pure AOSP experience. A few words about bugs, because unfortunately they are present: The new ART compiler is broken and should not be used because it causes bootloops. The graphics drivers aren’t fully working, and screenshot functionality is broken. The camera also doesn’t work perfectly. The good news is that the rest is working, and Android 4.4 can almost be used as a daily driver other than the above issues. Let’s hope that all these issues will be fixed, to make this ROM even more bug free.
If you still use a Nexus One or have it somewhere hidden away in your desk, make your way to the ROM thread and give this amazing piece of work a try.
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