A few days back Google finally announced the Nexus 5, and revealed that Android 4.4 KitKat will be released for existing Nexus devices in the coming weeks. Android enthusiasts around the world can’t wait to get the update on their devices, but unfortunately, Galaxy Nexus owners have been left out. Google has confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus won’t receive an official Android 4.4 update, but that certainly won’t stop custom ROMs built from AOSP. An Android 4.4 Verizon Galaxy Nexus custom ROM has been released, developed by an Android developer called baldwinguy77, who is known for the OTA quality ROMs he builds for Verizon Galaxy Nexus.
Before we proceed any further, you must keep in mind that there are certain risks attached to flashing custom ROMs. If you’re not careful enough, you could end up bricking your device, and only you will be responsible for that. That said, it should also be kept in mind that since Android 4.4 custom ROMs are fairly new, its quite likely that there might be a few bugs here and there even if the ROM is classified as stable. This particular ROM includes the standard Google apps and Verizon apps package found on an OTA update, so you won’t have to look around for a compatible apps package once you’ve done flashing the ROM. Only proceed with flashing if you absolutely know what you’re doing. The Android 4.4 Verizon Galaxy Nexus custom ROM is available from RootzWiki.