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Android 4.4 KitKat can be ported to the Nexus One

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Android 4.4 KitKat can be ported to the Nexus One
In what is arguably the “purist’s” Nexus device, the first Nexus, the HTC Nexus One, has the ability to join in on the KitKat fun.

Thanks to the talent at XDA Developers that managed to hack together a custom Android 4.4 ROM, the original Nexus is lives on, even though official support for the device stopped after Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

This new 4.4 ROM is not the whole KitKat experience, and like many custom software packages, it is not without its flaws. There is no screenshot functionality and it is possible to get stuck in a bootloop error.

Because of the size the overall KitKat file, some parts of the package were removed altogether.  The camera is not 100%, and features like Video Editor, Calendar, the email client were removed from the ROM.  Only the newest sounds were included.  Some of these removed items can be reinstalled except for the video editor which is simply too big.  It is KitKat though, so if you still have a Nexus One hanging out somewhere, check out the source links to give this ROM a try.

sources: XDA Developers (1, 2) via Engadget

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posted on 28 Nov 2013, 16:02 5

1. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Look at how small it is when shown in the hand. How cute!

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 16:43 6

2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3697; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Amazing how outdated it is even though it's only about 4 years old.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 17:02 12

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8665; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This and the HD2 are examples of how XDA's Linux Gods never let anything die.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 17:03 10

4. Jonathan41 (Posts: 529; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Away with you troll!

posted on 29 Nov 2013, 00:29 4

16. chaosnightmare (Posts: 50; Member since: 20 May 2010)


only 4 years? that's pretty much time, I doubt anyone here keeps any device as their main phone for more than 2 years, anyway it's even more amazing how a 2013 device like an iPhone 5c is already so outdated against other price ranged phones

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 17:09 12

5. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


And this is why Android's community is so awesome. Can you run IOS 7 on the 3GS, or WP8 on the Samsung Focus? I don't think so.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 17:15 2

6. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


Probably.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 17:44 4

8. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3697; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Running something doesn't mean it'll run smoothly.

posted on 29 Nov 2013, 01:29 2

17. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 652; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Can you say it is not running smoothly????
Probably not.. So dont TROLL...

posted on 29 Nov 2013, 07:29

21. ngo2dd (Posts: 787; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


The article just did. Dude read the article first.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 18:37 1

11. underbc (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


come on .. what are you talking about?
You can run IOS 7 on a Iphone 4 and is supported by Apple ..

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 22:55 3

13. blingblingthing (Posts: 443; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Some of the features were cut and it's not the smoothest.

posted on 29 Nov 2013, 02:16 1

19. vincelongman (Posts: 1314; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


My iPod Touch 4 (basically iPhone 4, but without 3G) is running iOS 6 and still lags a lot, also quite a few random glitches.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 17:26 2

7. madmikepr (Posts: 117; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


and the Galaxy Nexus ??

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 18:00 6

10. marbovo (Posts: 655; Member since: 16 May 2013)


I´m already running 4.4(cm 11) on my galaxy nexus

posted on 29 Nov 2013, 06:34

20. TheOldOne (Posts: 95; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


how is it? I want to give it a try.

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 15:48

22. marbovo (Posts: 655; Member since: 16 May 2013)


It is not thaaat diferent from 4.3. Google experience launcher is nice and the device is a lot faster(but I don´t know if it is because of 4.4 or because I formated the device during the process), but most of thing didn't change at all

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 17:47

9. xtroid2k (Posts: 384; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Cool stuff. I might pull it my OG droid and see what can be done with that. Im now estatic with my new nexus 5. What a few years of tech will do.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 22:46 3

12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


lol isn't it funny that when the Nexus One came out 3.7 with 480 by 800 was considered to be a huge display and high resolution? Same with the OG Droid, now we get 5-6 inch display's at 1080p. Tech has advanced so quickly for cell phones.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 23:51

14. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2692; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Wow... Hope they would come over the bugs or pure Kitkat.

posted on 29 Nov 2013, 00:25

15. taikucing (unregistered)


whoa, this means there's a hope to install kitkat on motorola firext

posted on 29 Nov 2013, 01:46 2

18. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 652; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


This is great. It points to the fact that I should buy a device with killer specs & with killer battery and then I can use it for more than 4-5 years also. Dont need to waste money every 1.5 years to upgrade. All thanks to XDA & cynogenmods... Thankks all

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