Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus is not going to get Android 4.4 KitKat update, the sad news came right after the release of Android 4.4 KitKat when Google announced the devices which will get KitKat update and Galaxy Nexus wasn’t listed in that. Galaxy Nexus runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, and currently the device is running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, as off now there is no official word about its KitKat update and we can’t even say if Google will ever think of bringing KitKat to the G Nexus.
Well, it may have made the Galaxy Nexus owners a little worried, but it isn’t going to hang in their while there are great custom rom builds like CyanogenMod. The great developers over XDA forums have done this for the G Nexus as well, CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM based on Android 4.4 KitKat is available now and you may install it on your phone to tasted the KitKat unofficially.The full guide to do so is right here for you in simple and easy steps explained.
Before we head towards the ROM installation, here is what you need know and have:
- This guide is only for Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250, Sprint & Verizon. Don’t try this on any other device.
- This is a custom ROM. Flash this only if you are familiar with custom ROM flashing, and are a custom ROM freak.
- In case of any bugs we may not be held responsible, as said that it is a custom ROM it is highly expected to contain bugs and may not be kept for everyday’s use.
- Make sure that your device has at least 60% of the battery charged. I highly recommend this in order to prevent any mishap during the installation process.
- Make sure that you’ve backed up all your important media content, contacts, call logs and text messages. This is highly recommended in case you need to wipe your phone during the installation process or something goes wrong.
- Your phone must have a CWM or TWRP recovery installed. In order to do so, follow our full guide for the Nexus Root Toolkit here and install the custom recovery for your device. Follow the instructions carefully.
- Using the custom recovery backup your current system/rom as well. I highly recommend this, as this will allow you to go back to your previous system immediately in case you don’t like the new custom ROM and want your previous Android back.
- Alright! Follow this guide to the letter in order to prevent any mishap. Good Luck.
How to Flash Android 4.4 KitKat CyanogenMod 11 on Galaxy Nexus:
- Download the ROM.zip file for your device:
- CyanogenMod 11 KitKat ROM for Galaxy Nexus I9250 (maguro)
- CyanogenMod 11 KitKat ROM for Sprint Galaxy Nexus (toroplus)
- CyanogenMod 11 KitKat ROM for Verizon Galaxy Nexus (toro)
- Download Gapps for Android 4.4 KitKat: gapps-kk-20131119.zip
- Make sure that you’ve installed a custom recovery on your phone. In case you don’t like to install a custom recovery, check out our guide for the Nexus Root Toolkit and flash the .zip files using that. Here’s the guide.
- In case you are using custom recovery, follow the following guidelines.
- Place both the downloaded .zip files on your phone’s SD card.
- Boot into CWM or TWRP recovery on your Galaxy Nexus.
- Now in custom recovery Wipe Cache and Dalvik Cache.
- Select “Install>Choose Zip>Select the ROM.zip file” and flash the ROM.
- As soon as ROM flashing is complete, flash Gapps using step 4.
- Reboot your device now.
- Congrats! You’ve installed Android 4.4 KitKat based on CyanogenMod 11 on your Galaxy Nexus. You should see the CM logo on the boot screen now.
- In case you are stuck on the bootscreen, boot into custom recovery once again and wipe cache and dalvik cache.
- Please keep in mind that the first boot might take a few minutes in order to take you to the home screen, so keep patience.
- That’s All!
In case you got any queries, suggestions or facing any difficulties regarding this custom ROM on your G Nexus, feel free to stop by the comment box. We will respond you as soon as possible. Thanks All!.