Android 4.4 KitKat comes to Nexus S and Nexus One, unofficially of course

 

Despite Google’s decision to leave the Galaxy Nexus out of the KitKat action, it didn’t take long for the developer community to fill in the holes and release reasonably stable ports for the device.

Think that’s impressive? Thanks to the efforts of Android modding community, it’s now possible to get KitKat on both the Nexus S and even the now-ancient Nexus One! Yes really.

Nexus S gets the sweet taste of KitKat

For those interested in testing out KitKat on the Nexus S, you’ll want to turn your attention to the KitKat alpha 3 ROM developed by XDA member cn.fyodor. This ROM is essentially stock Android with few modifications made to it.

According to most of the commenters over at XDA, the ROM is reasonably stable for an alpha build and actually performs relatively well considering the device’s older hardware.

Of course it’s not exactly ‘bug free’. In particular, some of the Google apps are said to not work properly. The device does seem to work fine when it comes to calling, browsing and most other tasks though. While the handset might be able to work as a daily driver if you’re willing to put up with a few glitches, it’s still far from ready for prime-time.

 

Bringing KitKat to the Nexus One

For those that still have an old Nexus One lying around, developer texasice recently unveiled the new Evervolv KitKat 4.4 ROM for the Nexus One. This customized ROM includes a theme manager and a few other tweaks, though there is a toolbox that allows you to disable the added features to get a near-stock experience.

So how well does the Evervolv ROM run? Most reports suggest it operates fairly well though there are some missing features including no support for video recording, some general camera bugs, and some minor graphic glitches. There’s also a problem that makes ART unusable on the device (causes bootloops).

Another issue is that the ROM takes up a LOT of room! Considering the Nexus One has just 512MB of storage (with microSD for expansion), the ROM removes a few components and requires you to replace the bootloader with BlackRose in order to get Evervolv to work.

Basically you should avoid the Nexus One ROM unless you’re looking for a challenge. That said, after you go through the hassles to get it working, it actually runs rather well — minus some of the broken features.

Wrap Up

As you can tell, neither of these ROMs are exactly ultra-stable but it’s still pretty cool to see that even relatively ancient hardware can in fact run KitKat, even if there are some obvious glitches at this time. Not only does this speak to volumes about Google’s claims that KitKat has been optimized for weaker hardware, it also further proves that if there’s a way, the Android modding community will always find it.

To learn more or even download the Nexus S ROM, you’ll want to click here. For the Evervolv ROM, head here. Keep in mind that things can and do go wrong when it comes to flashing custom ROMs, so proceed at your own risk.

What do you think of the new Nexus S and Nexus One ROMs, impressed?

 

 

 

Source: Android Authority

Verizon Galaxy Nexus rumored to receive Android 4.0.4 tomorrow

Word from the grapevine is that Big Red is planning to finally release Android ICS 4.0.4 to the Galaxy Nexus masses with OTA (over-the-air) roll-out commencing as soon as tomorrow. This rumor supposedly comes from a Verizon customer who was visiting their local store and was briefly shown a Verizon proprietary document detailing the upcoming OTA update. So for those of you who didn’t want to manually install Android 4.0.4 to your GNex, the wait may finally be over. Only tomorrow will tell if this rumor pans out so be sure to keep a eye on your notification bar for a possible icy treat.

Source: pocketnow

Amazon is Offering the Sprint Galaxy Nexus for $149.99 Plus a $50 Google Wallet Credit

When looking for the best price on a new smartphone, heading directly to Amazon Wireless is becoming more and more the best option you have. They have managed to beat retail and sale price’s on many of the top-tier Android phones and now they are at it once again. For those of you who may have been holding out to grab the new Sprint Galaxy Nexus, now may be your chance to score a pretty good deal. It isn’t one of Amazon’s Penny Sale’s, but they will beat the contract price by 50 bucks and will give you a $50 Google wallet credit as well. On top of that, Amazon will also include free two-day shipping so your wait time will only be minimal (they know how much we pine for a new Android device!). To get in on the deal, simply click through the source link below and be sure to come back and let us know if you placed an order! We like to know when our readers make good decisions.

Source: Amazon

How Does The Galaxy SIII Compare To The Galaxy SII, Galaxy Nexus, and HTC One X?

Now that Samsung has released their latest flagship, the Galaxy SIII, everyone wants to know how the specs compare to some other heavy hitters. The folks at Droid Life have put together a handy comparison chart between the Galaxy SIII, Galaxy SII, Galaxy Nexus, and HTC One X. Click the image above to see the details.

Source: droid-life

Folks in the UK Can Finally Purchase Official Galaxy Nexus Accessories

Those of you who live in the UK can shout FINALLY at the top of your lungs if you want as Clove UK is now offering accessories for your Galaxy Nexus devices. While it’s been almost 6 months since the initial release of the device, those in the UK have been made to wait patiently while their US counterparts have been able to purchase accessories since release day. We did inform you back in January that we’d see official accessories then, but it got delayed to February and well, got delayed again. However this is no longer the case. Upon checking the Clove site, you will find various accessories that include:

  • An HDMI Dock
  • A Desktop Dock
  • An MHL/HDMI Adaptor
  • Spare batteries
  • A Spare Battery Charger

As you can see the only thing missing is the car dock. However given that these other accessories are available, the car dock can’t be too far behind. So if you live in the UK and are interested in snagging an awesome dock for your device hit the source link below. You can pick up the HDMI dock for £42 (roughly $68) and the desktop dock for £49.99 (roughly $81). I don’t know about you folks out there on that side of the pond but this would definitely get me excited if I had to wait that long.

Source: Clove UK
via: Android Central

Sprint Galaxy Nexus 3G Connection Issues To See Software Fix Soon

Sprint has launched their version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus before fully rolling out their LTE network. This means that users of the device have to depend on Sprint’s 3G EV-DO network for data when not near a Wi-Fi connection. Unfortunately, it seems some customers are complaining that their Galaxy Nexus handsets are not able to attain a reliable 3G connection.

Some customers that have exchanged their phones for a new one are claiming successful 3G connections, so it seems that there’s either a bad batch of phones out there, or there’s some other reason why some specific phones are problematic. Whatever the reason is, it seems that Sprint and Samsung are aware of the issue and will be providing a software fix soon. A Sprint employee posted the following in the Sprint community forums:

Sprint/Samsung are aware of this problem and will be releasing a software update to resolve the issue. Can’t commit to a date yet, but they are trying really hard to get it released early next week. Sorry for your troubles.

So there you have it. If you’re experiencing 3G connectivity issues, you can either try your luck by exchanging your device, or wait just a little longer for the fix to arrive.

Source: sprint

Google Wallet now officially running on T-Mobile Galaxy Nexus

Could it be that Google Wallet is no longer exclusive to specific networks? The application started its life as a Sprint exclusive and more recently became available on AT&T. Many of you out there have managed to sideload the application thanks to the work of websites such as XDA developers however it appears that you can now grab it directly from Google Play.

Our friends at Engadget managed to download and run the app from a Galaxy Nexus with a T-Mobile sim. They hadn’t got around to paying for anything with it yet so it looks like that’s one final hurdle still to be negotiated. Why not give it a try for yourself, be sure to let us know how you get on in the comments below. Happy shopping!

Source : Engadget