Android 4.4 KitKat odexed for Nexus 4: Review

Android 4.4 KitKat on Nexus 4

After much waiting, Google finally launched its flagship device, the LG Google Nexus 5. And along with it, the much awaited Android 4.4 KitKat was also unveiled. As a Nexus 4 user, I have been waiting for almost a month now for the release of Android 4.4. However, Google is yet to release Android 4.4 for the pervious Nexus devices including the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10.

But this did not stop the developers from modifying the Android 4.4 factory image of Nexus 5 to work on Nexus 4. Within a matter of hours, the 4.4 Mako-odexed Nexus 5 port was available with a how-to-install guide on the xda-developer forum. In simple terms, you could install this on your Nexus 4 device and run the latest Android OS. Not to be left behind, I took the benefit of my device being rooted and got KitKat up and running on it.

I must admit, Google has done a wonderful job with this release. The project butter is definitely doing the job it is supposed to do. One of the most important improvements I noticed in the latest release is the smoothness with which it works. Google has definitely put effort in making the OS much more resource efficient and I can see why this will work easily on lower end Android devices. I also felt a great increase in the sharpness of the screen and the vividness of the colors. Over all, the graphics gives a very pleasant experience combined with the ultra-smooth functioning of the device.

One other change that I greatly appreciated was the removal of widgets from the app menu. Jelly Bean users will know the huge list of widgets that would come after the apps when you press the app drawer. In KitKat, however, long pressing the home screen button not only gives you the wallpaper menu, but also the option to add widgets and add more home screens. Also, the idea of keeping Google Now on the left of the home screen went down very well with me. There are several more changes that you will see if and when you get 4.4 on your device.

However, I had to return to Jelly Bean the same day. Obviously the ROM was built for Nexus 5. Making it work on a Nexus 4 does not make it a Nexus 4 ROM. Too many driver issues and lot of apps becoming unresponsive was a reason to remove it. However, the biggest problem I faced was the draining of the battery. It took just 3 hours for my battery to go from 90% to 30%. Yeah, this ROM is definitely not made from Nexus 4. I will just have to wait like you all for Google to release 4.4 for the older Nexus device. If any of you have tried this ROM on your Nexus device, do leave a comment below about your experience with it.


About Bharath Bhat

Master in Genetics, Researcher in Molecular Biology, Android enthusiast.

2 thoughts on “Android 4.4 KitKat odexed for Nexus 4: Review

  1. […] is out, and there are already a handful of custom ROMs for the Nexus 4 (checkout the review of Android 4.4 odexed for Nexus 4 and Paranoid Android 4.4 ROM for Nexus 4) and a few other smartphones as well. There are quite a […]

  2. […] am already successfully running KitKat on my Nexus 4 device. I had previously reviewed the Nexus 5 port ROM and the Paranoid Android 4.4 ASOP ROM for Nexus 4. My experience with these ROMs was largely […]

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