Android 4.4 KitKat can be ported to the Nexus One

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



1. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

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

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Amazing how outdated it is even though it's only about 4 years old.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

4. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Away with you troll!

16. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 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their main phone for more than 2 years, anyway it's even more amazing how a 2013 device like an iPhone 5c is already so outdated against other price ranged phones

5. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 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.

6. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011


8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

17. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

21. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

The article just did. Dude read the article first.

11. underbc

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

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

13. blingblingthing

Posts: 977; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

7. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

and the Galaxy Nexus ??

10. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

20. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

22. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 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

9. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 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.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

14. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

15. taikucing unregistered

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

18. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 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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