Nearly two years ago, Google launched the Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Developed in collaboration with Samsung, it was the first smartphone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Since then multiple Nexus smartphones have come and gone, and so have major Android OS updates. When Google unveiled Android 4.4 KitKat recently, Galaxy Nexus users expected that the company will support their device. Instead, Google announced that it would not release an official KitKat update for the Galaxy Nexus. Dejected owners then turned towards third-party developed ROMs, but there weren’t any stable ROMs available. If you have been waiting for one yourself, the wait if now over. A stable custom Galaxy Nexus Android 4.4 ROM has been released.
Built from AOSP, the CyanogenMod 11 custom Android 4.4 KitKat ROM for Galaxy Nexus is stable and all features are working. However, the ROMs status is still in beta because its missing some common CyanogenMod features, which are different from core Android OS features. Apart from a screenshot taking glitch, everything seems to be working. It goes without saying that flashing custom ROMs comes with its fair share of risks, so before you download the Galaxy Nexus CyanogenMod 11 Android 4.4 custom ROM, be sure that you know what you’re doing. The ROM and install instructions are available at XDA forums.