Will Verduzco · Nov 2, 2013 at 07:30 am

Source-Built 4.4 KitKat for the “Forgotten” Galaxy Nexus

As soon as we broke the news that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would not be receiving the Android 4.4 awesome-sauce, we knew it was only a matter of time before the dedicated developers here at XDA would bring us some KitKat-flavored alternatives. Now, the time is here, and there are two functional, albeit not perfect, builds available for the popular maguro.

The first alpha build that appeared came from XDA Senior Member Grarak, and is entitled A Taste of KitKat. While most device features work, and user response has been largely positive, WiFi is broken. There are also some graphical glitches when taking screenshots, accessing the recent apps menu, and during screen rotation.

The second build comes from XDA Recognized Themer kufikugel, and it is a part of the SlimRoms SlimKat family of cross-device ROMs. This build appears to be a little more functional as WiFi appears to be working. But as expected, this also contains the same types of graphical glitches as seen in the other ROM.

It is important to keep in mind that these glitches are most likely due to the changes to SurfaceFlinger that I detailed in my Android 4.4 KitKat features overview two days ago. And since TI is out of the SoC game, it is highly unlikely that any solution (read: updated driver binaries to fix these graphical glitches) will ever come in official capacity. That said, it’s great to see 4.4-based ROMs appear for the “forgotten” Nexus. And for those willing to live with a few graphical anomalies, you now can enjoy KitKat in some capacity.

To get started, head over to the SlimKat and A Taste of KitKat ROM threads. Since these are both extremely alpha builds, make sure to make a full Nandroid backup before flashing.

[Thanks to kufikugel for the heads up!]


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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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