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It is in the nature of a mobile device nowadays to become outdated and unsupported, meaning that after a while, a device will stop receiving updates for its operating system. However, not everyone might afford to get a brand new phone ever so often just to get the latest software, or even if they can, not all want to give up a perfectly good phone they got attached to and used to using. If such is your case and you are the owner of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was released quite a while ago, you can thank Ziyan and MWisBest.



If you don’t know who these are, which you probably don’t, fear not, we will tell you. They are two developers in charge of a project called  Unlegacy-Project. The Unlegacy-Project’s goal is to take older devices and give them the latest Android OS. Their latest achievement is equipping the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with a brand new ROM.

This gem was found where mobile device enthusiasts would expect, in an XDA Developers forum thread. So far, there have been a few reported issues, including problems related to the device’s mobile data function as well as the GPS, and some say the Wifi, as there have been reported issues regarding the ROM when trying to connect to 5 Ghz Wifi networks. Other than that however, the ROM seems to be working fine, at least for the time being, and there are no signs of any critical error with any of the other functions of the device.

If you’re wondering how far back these developers are willing to go to bring old devices back to life, note that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was released almost 6 years ago, back in 2011, when it met great success, but in time it fell behind newer phones. While unofficially ROMs were created before to support this devices over the years, the Android 7.1 Nougat ROM is the most ambitious effort to date, as the factory OS of the Galaxy Nexus was Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and the support from Google stopped coming in after two years after its release.

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