We first heard that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would not be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat goods when Google announced that the device fell outside of the traditional 18-month window for firmware updates. Many figured, however, that the underlying cause of this was not Google’s choice, but rather TI’s exit from the mobile SoC market—and of course, the subsequent lack of Android 4.4-compatible driver binaries for the OMAP4460 used in the device.
Nolinuxnoparty’s ROM is a relatively pure AOSP-based build. Just like all of the other Galaxy Nexus devices with 4.4 builds, there are graphical and GPS issues. And like the Verizon build, there are also camera issues. The original build also had trouble with sensors and screenshots, but these have largely been fixed in the second version. However, the core functionality seems to work just fine, despite its alpha status, and users seem to be reporting good overall fluidity and stability.
If you can live with the minor graphical glitches and lack of camera support, this may be a good thing to check out on your Sprint Galaxy Nexus. Head over to the ROM thread to get started.