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A lot of Android users are envious of those who own Nexus devices since they were the first ones who received the Android Nougat update. However, not all Nexus device owners are so lucky, since those who own older models understandably did not get Nougat.

Two of these are the Galaxy Nexus (which resulted from a collaboration between Samsung and Google) and the LG Nexus 4 (which was co-developed by LG and Google). The Galaxy Nexus was released on November 2011 with Android Ice Cream Sandwich built in, and it could be upgraded to Android Jelly Bean. The Nexus 4, meanwhile, was released on November 2012 with Android Jelly Bean built in, and it could be upgraded to Android Lollipop.

Galaxy Nexus Custom ROM

Fortunately, if you’re still using a Galaxy Nexus and want to install Nougat in it, you can easily do so by using a custom ROM. One of the best options out there is the Galaxy Nexus Nougat ROM, which was created by developers Ziyan, MWisBest, and Hashcode. Before installing the custom ROM, though, make sure you have a custom recovery tool in your phone as well as a Nougat Gapps zip file.

Nexus 4 Custom ROM

Just like with Galaxy Nexus, a few developers have already come up with a Nougat custom ROM for the LG Nexus 4. One of these developers is Zaclimon, who has ported over an Android Nougat build for the Nexus and posted about it on XDA Developers. Zaclimon acknowledges that the ROM comes with a ton of crashes and that several features may not be working properly. Still, it’s important to note that Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, hardware acceleration, and Radio Interface Layer all work well in this custom ROM.

Final Note

Installing a custom ROM is a great way to get the latest Android firmware even if your phone isn’t eligible for it. But take note that it comes with its own risks; if done incorrectly, it can void your warranty, wipe out your data, and even brick your device. So proceed with caution and get technical help if you’re not sure what to do.

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