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Galaxy Nexus can now have KitKat and Android L

News by Luke Jones on Thursday October 09, 2014.

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a little long in the tooth now, released in 2011 it is very much from a different era of smartphone technology. It is no surprise that Google has stopped supporting its Nexus device, with the Galaxy Nexus laid to rest last year when Mountain View said it would not be getting Android 4.4 KitKat. However, thanks to a bit of fiddling from developers, it is now possible to run KitKat in a stable condition on the Galaxy Nexus and it is even going to be good for Android L.

Previous KitKat ROMs for the Galaxy Nexus have been good, but the new developer GPU driver combo will future proof the handset further. The fact that a bunch of devs could do this means that Google could have too, especially when the Galaxy Nexus has enough grunt to run KitKat and Android L, despite the age of the handset.

TI's consumer OMAP 4 chips inside the Galaxy Nexus are no longer supported by TI, so that has probably played a part in Google's decision to quit support for the GNEX. As this is a hardware driver issue, it is more complicated than an actual ROM. Ziyan from XDA found a breakthrough created a kernel for the GNEX in July to allow is to run newer GPU configurations. Called the "ForkMyLife" ROM it is available in beta via the source and will even support GPU for the upcoming Android L.

So, if you are rocking the old Galaxy Nexus, will you be looking to update it?

source: XDA

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