The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was officially the oldest Nexus device to get the Android 4.4 AOSP ROM after Google revealed that no official update will be provided. And now, a developer at XDA has published the same AOSP based Android 4.4 ROM for the three year old Samsung Nexus S handset as well. The handset officially fell off Google’s update cycle after Android 4.1 and hasn’t seen any major update since then.
The ROM appears to be pretty unstable as it is reportedly an alpha build, so it’s probably not a safe bet to use it on your regular smartphone. But if you’re using the Nexus S as a spare device, then by all means you should go ahead and flash the ROM. Initial impressions suggests that it is capable of performing all the day-to-day tasks like making calls and answering messages, while some core Google apps appear to be nonfunctional. Thanks to the vast developer community at our disposal, users don’t have to worry if the manufacturers don’t rollout an update. Even though these ROMs won’t be nearly as good as the real thing, it’s reassuring to know that it’s not completely forgotten.
Via: Sam Mobile