After months of rumors and speculations, the folks at Google finally announced Android 4.4 KitKat on October 31st and, as usual, the software update will hit most Nexus terminals. Even though the Android 4.4 was optimized to run smoothly on the less powerful smartphones and tablets, for some reason, the Galaxy Nexus will not get updated officially to the latest Android version.
If you happen to own a Samsung Galaxy Nexus we had nothing but good news for you, as the developer community has managed to unofficially port Android 4.4 KitKat on the said handset. In case you want to bring the Android 4.4 KitKat experience you can try flashing one of the Android 4.4-based custom ROMs that are already available for both the GSM and the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. For the time being there are no Android 4.4-based ROMs for the Sprint variant for the handset.
It’s also worth mentioning that most of the Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROMs developed for the Galaxy Nexus are still alpha projects, thus you may encounter quite a few bugs.
For the GSM Galaxy Nexus you might want to try the SlimKat Maguro alpha build, which appears to be functional. It also looks like all the Android 4.4 KitKat features and functions work fine on the SlimKat Maguro custom ROM, even though you might come across some graphical glitches. You can find more details regarding Android 4.4 SlimKat ROM in this XDA Developer’s Forum thread.
As for you, Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners, there’s an Android 4.4 KitKat-based custom ROM called Shiny which, just like SlimKat, brings an almost unaltered AOSP experience. Go ahead and visit Roots Wiki for more details about Shiny ROM for Verizon Galaxy Nexus.
Have any of you flashed an Android 4.4-based custom ROM on your Galaxy Nexus? What ROM did you choose? Is it working fine? The comments section is all yours.