Google’s latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS will debut on the Nexus 5 and also be available for the Nexus 4, 7 and 10 as an over-the-air (OTA) update. Due to Google’s policy of not supporting devices that are more than 18 months old, the older model Galaxy Nexus was excluded from the Android 4.4 update eligible device list.
As reported by Phandroid Sunday (Nov. 3), now there’s a way to get Android 4.4 KitKat running on the two year old Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Experienced Android developer baldwinguy77, created a custom Android 4.4 “Shiny”ROM for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. The build is based off Android source code from Google via the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and features stock Android 4.4, build KRT16M. Slight changes were made to allow the ROM to work on the Galaxy Nexus, so the update is OTA-like and not rooted.
For Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners who wish to root the phone, baldwinguy77 said it can be rooted easily by installing SuperSU 1.65, the latest superuser control app from Chainfire. Everything in the ROM was tested and confirmed working, but as with all new software updates, there are possible bugs. Since there are frequent changes to the AOSP source, the Android 4.4 custom “Shiny” ROM will be updated weekly with updated binaries and bug fixes.
If you’re a Verizon Galaxy Nexus owner and would like to download and install the Android 4.4 custom “Shiny” ROM 4.4 KitKat OS, check out the RootzWiki forum for the full step-by-step tutorial, including rooting instructions.