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Android 4.4 ROM available for Verizon's Samsung GALAXY Nexus

Android 4.4 ROM available for Verizon's Samsung GALAXY Nexus
Owners of the Verizon branded Samsung GALAXY Nexus might have been perturbed to find out that Google had decided that the Android 4.3 update would be the end of the line for their device. As a rule, Google doesn't update devices that have been on the market for longer than 18 months and the Samsung GALAXY Nexus is over 2 years old.

But now we have some good news for those Verizon customers who want to keep their GALAXY Nexus running the latest Android build. A developer who is known for producing OTA quality ROMs for the Big Red version of the GALAXY Nexus, baldwinguy77, has put together a ROM covering Android 4.4 for the phone. He included the usual Google and Verizon apps that you would find on an OTA update even to the point of not having the update rooted (although it can be easily done if you want to).

If you want to update your GALAXY Nexus with the Android 4.4 ROM, click on the sourcelink below. Make sure that you know what you are doing before you start because turning to Verizon's technical crew won't be an option. The ROM says that it is "bug free," but this is all too new to know for sure, so you might want to bring your expectations down a notch or two.

source: RootzWiki  via Phandroid

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posted on 03 Nov 2013, 01:08 1

1. roldxx (Posts: 42; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)


waiting for Intl Galaxy Nexus ROM

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 02:51 6

2. roscuthiii (Posts: 1832; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


"As a rule, Google doesn't update devices that have been on the market for longer than 18 months and the Samsung GALAXY Nexus is over 2 years old."

Err... I thought the rule was that Google would support a device for a minimum of 18 months, NOT that they would drop support afterwards. Albeit a small difference, there is a distinct difference in the semantics of the statement.
Also, in seeing the ill-informed and for lack of a better term "trolls" continuously mentioning the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, it probably deems mentioning that the maker of that phones processor, Texas Instruments, has left the smartphone industry. So, basically any phone with a now defunct TI OMAP XXXX like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus or the Motorola Droid Razr (Maxx) will no longer be supported as there simply is no support to give.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 06:01 1

3. NexusPhan (Posts: 497; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


*except supported by the developer community. Which really is all that matters. Gotta love those dedicated developers.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 07:34

6. medicci37 (Posts: 648; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


I agree with the first part of your statement. But I don't believe that ti deciding to abandon the smartphone industry is why they stopped supporting the Nexus. & if that were true, Google should have said so. Also, if baldwinguy77 can support it I'm sure Google could

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 16:40

14. roscuthiii (Posts: 1832; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Unless he provides it, or someone would like to extract baldwinguy77's coding, we don't really know what workaround was used to create the ROM. It's entirely possible Google doesn't have access or authorization to take the route an independent 3rd like baldwinguy77 did. For all the talk of copying and stealing that takes place in forums like these, these companies have massive legal departments that just won't allow certain things. Liability... It's a bastard. Of course that part's just conjecture. What I really think it comes down to is not a massive legal department but a massive accounting department. They hold the purse strings. If some guys with a calculator say the return on investment isn't worth the development, projects get shut down. I'd blame an accountant here.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 06:55

4. pankajjg (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)


When GSM Galaxy Nexus will get Official Android 4.4 or Any Custom ROM with 4.4....

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 07:23

5. medicci37 (Posts: 648; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Whomever wrote this article needs to do some fact checking. The G Nexus was released November 17 2011. According to Google calendar & common sense, that's actually less than 2 years!

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 11:22 1

11. trustory (Posts: 110; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


he was obviously just approximating ...

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 12:24

12. Wolvie12 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)


It's 14 days! Who cares!

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 07:47

7. Tsoliades (Posts: 213; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


Flashing ROMs on a Nexus is really easy. If you have a GNex, go for it. It'll be totally worth it.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 08:14 3

8. funchumm1206 (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


This probably turned off some prospect buyers of nexus products.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 08:41 3

9. marbovo (Posts: 654; Member since: 16 May 2013)


I always thought that I would never buy an android phone that wasn't a nexus model, but after this move from Google, the galaxy nexus is my last nexus, I live in Brazil and I don't have the Google play price when I buy a nexus, so if I'll pay a full price for a phone I'll go to a phone with better specs(camera, sd, battery...) and if I'm not satisfied with the OEM skin I'll just go cyanogen mod or whatever other Rom available, that's it.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 11:10

10. jteply13 (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)


Im new to flashing a ROM. Is there a step by step instruction list (how to)?

Thanks in advance

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 16:33

13. b4ckr3ad1ngth1ssh1t (Posts: 15; Member since: 21 Jan 2012)


anyone with a gal nex on vzw should've switched to custom roms when vzw shafted us on past updates

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