If you’re an owner of Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus LTE and feeling a little left out of the Android 4.0.4 party, you’re not alone. Yesterday Google updated the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus, along with the Nexus S and XOOM WiFi, to the latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich. Thankfully they updated the code in the Android Open Source Project at the same time, happily allowing anyone to download and compile Android 4.0.4 for themselves. And you know what that means. Droid-Life spotted the latest build of the Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) ROM and at least one stock ROM rocking the updated software.
Android Open Kang Project is a real up-and-coming hit in the fickle world of Android ROMs. Though it started on the Galaxy Nexus, it’s spread 20 devices from Samsung, HTC, ASUS, Motorola and more, with dozens of “kangs” branching off of the open-source builds. The updates and added features are coming fast and furious from the creators, who started off from the popular CyanogenMod base code. Picking and choosing mods and features from all over the Android community, the AOKP ROMs have made quite a name for themselves – yours truly runs AOKP on my Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 8.9. With the “Angry Unicorn” boot animation disabled, of course.
Those who prefer their Ice Cream Sandwiches with Vanilla flavor can download the stock AOSP build, compiled by notable ROM developer Birdman. The rest of the popular Android ROMs, including CyanogenMod 9, should start merging their code with the 4.0.4 build in the next week or so. There’s no word from Verizon on when the CDMA version of the Galaxy Nexus or XOOM will get an update… and since both devices have lost their official blessing from Google, it might be quite a while.