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AOKP Team Finally Releases Android 4.2.1 MR1 to the Galaxy Nexus and Others

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Late last night, the AOKP team finally dropped their first release as MR1 for Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.1). As you had probably hoped, it contains many of your favorite features from past builds.

You’ll find the custom boot animation, statusbar tweaks, power menu options, custom lockscreen options, a fully customizable navigation bar, more statusbar styles, LED control, sound settings, and more. And maybe more importantly, they fixed some of the bugs that came with stock Android 4.2.1. 

The Galaxy Nexus builds ship with LeanKernel 5.4.0. Builds for the Nexus 4 and 7 ship with the stock kernel from Google. And yes, as of now, AOKP MR1 is only available on the LTE and GSM G-Nex, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. Galaxy S3 and Note 2 builds are expected to be included in the next release.

Update:  It looks like the Rezound has a new build today as well.

To flash, you definitely need to fully wipe beforehand.

You’ll find download links at the source link below, including one for the Google Apps package.

Via:  AOKP

Cheers Teng, Shaun and Eric!

  • ricky trahant

    If I’m running AOKP 4.1.1 on my gnex, can I update my phone to 4.2.1 without flashing another ROM and losing all my stuff?

  • jho-jho

    love it no bugs no problems and all for the low price of your time taken to flash, going to support devs and donate you all should too.

  • Found a bug with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus – Voice dictation through the keyboard doesn’t work and makes the UI crash. Anyone else experiencing this?

    • hyperbolee

      works for me

    • vonvader

      Yes…I’m experiencing the same issue.

  • Nate Curry

    I need help guys… I just got my sprint Galaxy nexus rooted and I don’t know how to flash this ROM… I have clockwork recovery mod installed already as well please help!

    • JoshGroff

      You can’t yet, it’s only available for the nexus 4/7 and G-Nex (GSM and VZW)

  • cknight91

    Anyone else’s Google voice not working? Crashes everytime I try to use it. That’s really the only deal breaker I am having with this ROM so far. I came from BB 4.1.2 and wiped everything before installing.

    • hyperbolee

      Works for me

  • teejaycard

    I love AOKP but their battery can’t hold a candle to the all day life I get from CM10.

    • hyperbolee

      hmm.. i’m at 5 hours off charger, screen time of 33 mins with extended 2100mAH battery… only 65% battery left… not good. Cell and data off most of that time. Actually I’d call that crap battery compared with Mmuzzy ROM i was running.

  • For the record, that rezound port is totally unofficial. Official releases are only on aokp.co. That guy isn’t even an official AOKP device maintainer or developer.

    (Thanks for the writeup!)

  • ok so which Rom should I get to have notification swiping down with power widgets in the same screen. and lockscreen targets and nav/status bar transperencies?I guess pretty much AOKP but with lockscreen targets and the notification pulldown thing?

  • joejoe5709

    Nice. The only thing I wish CM had over this was the ability to tweak the Nav Bar. I really hate the black bar at the bottom of my home screen.

    • David Gray

      In my CM10.1 ROM I can tweak the Nav Bar..add icons or take them all away…..you cant?

  • Oaxican509

    Xylon enough said…Highly Recommended

  • SleepySensei

    are there any roms that will turn down the rhapsody volume while google maps navigation speaks? long time ago my og turned down pandora when navigation was speaking.

  • and where are the lockscreen targets options?

  • JoshGroff

    The almighty pink unicorn is back!!!

  • HOW TO GET POWER WIDGETS AND NOTIFICATION on the same pull down like for the past million android years? I don’t like this seperate pull downs for notifications and quick settings

    • droidify


  • whoa whoa hold up, THere is no longer power widgets in the notificaion pull down? i have to do the 2 finger swipe to get to them? no no HELL NO, please tell me there is a way around this? I liked it how it was for the last few years, u pull down regular, boom your power widgets, click to turn it off or whatever, done. not this 2 finger swipe crap

    • No, you don’t. When you don’t have any notifications, you get the toggles, if you have a notification waiting you get the notification. Works perfectly, I never use 2-finger swipe.

      • with 1 finger i always getting the notification pull down, even w/o notifications. i have to do 2 fingers to get the toggles or lick the corner icon after doing 1 finger swipe

        • Do you have the option “Enable Fast Toggle” checked in Rom Control? If so, disable that. Or with it enabled, choose which side you want fast toggle to work on.

          • sorry man but I dont see this fast toggle option. Maybe you are talking about AOKP unofficial nightylies or something?

          • I’m running Roman’s nightlies on Nexus4(mako). The setting is in Rom Control -> StatusBar Toggles -> Enable Fast Toggle. Maybe he didn’t include it in this mr1 release? I dunno.

          • Yea i guess lucky you. Dont have that on this new AOKP on my gnex

      • droidify

        If you have a running status bar notification like weather or battery stats etc. you always have to do the two finger thing. Until I grow a second thumb I’ll be on 4.1

        • You can use “Fast Toggle” option for single finger swipe.

  • I may flash this over the weekend. I’ve been running MMuzzy’s 4.2 since the beginning of December (aka – Buggy Beast). If there have been updates since 10/26 they aren’t showing up in ROM manager and I don’t have time to run around chasing them (which is why I bought ROM manager premium in the first place). I’ve had all sorts of little issues with Bluetooth and device reboots driving me nuts. Hopefully AOKP is more stable.

    • kfath1978

      Been running MMuzzys as well….i know there have been updates but I too have not had time to find them etc. And no updates as well on ROM Manager. Let me know if AOKP is worth switching!

    • summit1986
      • Thanks, I installed the 12/30 rev last night. We’ll see how it works out. I still say if a dev is going to publish their ROM in ROM manager they should make sure the updates are also published there.

      • I don’t know if it’s just my phone, but I’m having some really bad issues from MMuzzy’s ROMs. The 12/30 rev seemed to work correctly for the most part, but all the Google apps were hosed. I applied a GApps zip file and that just pushed it over the edge. After that, nothing worked and I had to revert to a backup. I’ll try it again this weekend and see if I have better luck.

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    Had to show this off. I use the black most often, but red shows how the wallpaper stretched to cover the softkey tray. I use transparent soft keys (they are still there, you just can’t see them) and on the bottom of the screen is an almost black battery bar. (not visible in the screenshots) For all of my use, I set up a custom set of gestures in Nova Prime and my only widget used on my home screen is beautiful widgets. Love this rom, this launcher, and the ability to rock out Android the way I like it. This is what Droid-Life is all about!

    • droidify

      How do you have transparent nav keys? I would love to do this instead of shrinking them as small as I can get them.

      • Philip A. Kaiser

        AOKP in the settings menu has a transparency level.

        • droidify

          Yeah but how do you get your wallpaper to show through? When I reduce the transparency level to 0, I just end up with an empty black bar.

  • shecalledmejay

    Off Topic: Can somebody tell me what I am doing wrong? This rom and kernel is only giving me a good 5 hours at the most, I tried asking xda but they treated me like a noob. I have a GNex and I need a Rom and kernel recommendation and clock speeds.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      You said off topic but does that mean you are not using the ROM featured in this article? I will assume you did, but if no, flash this ROM. Did you dirty flash? Personally I would start with a clean flash. Wipe everything. I also noticed you are on 3G, if you are in an area without 4G, did you turn LTE off? Are you sure your battery isn’t bad? Even for a GNEX on 4G, 5hrs is pretty slim. If you are always on 3G, then 5hrs is waaay bad. The new version of AOKP comes with leankernel built in so this is a good 1-stop-shop for you.

      • shecalledmejay

        I try it and no I’m in a 4g area just right outside of atlanta but I always turn it off to save battery, and thanks for the straight answer, I love the Droid-life community

        • Charge your battery, then wipe your battery stats.

          • droidify

            Just wondering what a battery stat wipe is going to do? It automatically wipes every time your phone is fully charged.

    • ozo012

      Check out BetterBatteryStats from XDA ( http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1179809 ) see if there is a misbehaving app or something that is keeping the device awake (it’ll be listed under Wakelocks or Kernel Wakelocks).

      • shecalledmejay


  • I had to leave AOKP. I don’t care for some of the design changes they made to stock Android (mainly the app selection menu, radio buttons ew).

  • Rodeojones000

    Roman (assuming you’ll be checking these comments), any chance of a Nexus 10 build for the future?

  • Guest

    Meh, I moved to Shiny already. Much better than AOKP was.

    • Daniel Clifford

      Agreed, just sad that he is limited to working on the Gnex and Nexus7

    • Shaunwin

      Do they have a website?

      • Don’t Worry about it

        yes, Aokp.co

    • did you have to install root or were you rooted once you flashed the ROM?

      • feztheforeigner

        I don’t think this is the website for you.

      • Bigwavedave25

        current version of Shiny (122212) does not contain root for those wanting to remain without root access (..?..). A separate zip file is available to have root after flashing the rom.
        The dev plans to add SU root to the rom zip for the next build…

    • Shiny almost had me, then I saw this in the features.
      “Stock browser replaced with Google Chrome”
      The quick controls on the stock browser have me hooked. I really wish the devs would just include Chrome in the ROM and give me the option of which one I want to use. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

  • Tim

    Are any of these 4.2.1 ROMs as stable as Bugless Beast 4.1 is? I’ve tried CM 10 in the past and left it because it wasn’t stable and am loathe to upgrade unless there is a rock solid 4.2.1 ROM.

    • Ryan Cota

      Try MMuzzy ROM, switched to it once it looked like Bugless Beast was going to take a long time to update. This one has been perfect and is pure ASOP if you would like, also has a moded version as well. Never had any issues with anything.


      • I’ve been running MMuzzy since 4.1 and went to the 4.2 release about a month ago. Several bugs in the bluetooth and frequent device reboots are driving me nuts. The bluetooth bugs are new to 4.2 but the reboots happen under both releases. I’m ready for a new ASOP ROM.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      Been rocking it all day without a hiccup!

    • I’m on the 4.2.1 AOKP build and it’s very stable, plus it has the added goodies. Pete basically said he’s all but finished. Time to move on.

    • Little G

      Try out Shiny, it’s a lot like BB but with 4.2.1 greatness: http://rootzwiki.com/topic/36706-romaosp42112232012-shiny-ota-like-stock-android-421-jop40d-no-bugs/

      I’ve been rocking it for a week or so and no bugs so far.

      • did you have to install root or was it flash and play?

        • Little G

          I lost root after flashing but I was able to get it back quite easily by flashing Chainfire’s SuperSU: http://d-h.st/MZ8.

          Thanks Baldwinguy77 & Chainfire!

    • AOKP has been stable since 4.2.1 came out weeks ago.

  • NexusPhan69

    So I need some advice. I’ve really been wanting to use AOKP but I’m worried about battery life. Everyone seems to complain about battery life but I get 16-20 hours of battery life with everything on (except 4g. None where i live) and 2-2.5 hours of screen on time. Do I have a chance of achieving those numbers with AOKP? I have a slim 2200mhA battery that helped a lot. I don’t even know where my original battery is because I’ve never run out of juice since the upgrade.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      No problems here. It even has a power widget to monitor and adjust the CPU if needed.

  • Clint O

    Would enjoy AOKP on my Note 2…but would miss all the S-Pen features

  • Matthew Harmon

    Can anyone verify if this creates the directory /sdcard/0? I assume once you upgrade to this build, it makes it difficult to go back to a previous version?

    • snogods

      ive also been afraid to make the jump to 4.2.1 because of reading about people having issues with the new directory… hopefully someone can chime in with some helpful comments!

      • Rodeojones000

        Just upgrade to the latest versions of ClockworkMod or TWRP. But if you end up with the folder issues there’s 1000 threads on Rootzwiki regarding how to fix it.

      • Kie

        As long as you update the recovery you use on your phone there is no need to be worried. Devs have cleared up all issues. Having the /0 folder is the normal behavior of Android going forward

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      It does. But it is not that difficult to go back. All of the ROMs moving forward will have the 0card built in for multiple users. That is a built in feature. If you need to go back, just use your recovery and you can still navigate to your backup. Sounds more complicated than it is. I have gone to and fro several times now.

    • droidify

      I simply copy the contents over from sdcard/0 back to /sdcard using Astro after downgrading from 4.2 to JB1. I didn’t like 4.2’s double notification pull down. I like having my toggles there with my notifications all of the time. I have went back and forth on my Gnex and Nexus 7 and have never had a problem getting rid of the /0 folder. In my opinion 4.2 feels like google just wanted to make changes for the sake of making changes. I can see where multi-user will be useful for some but for me I like 4.1 better.

  • Alix8821

    SMOOTH AS HELL on my N7…. Was using Linaro builds, Liquid, CM…. This AOKP blows them all away. Also, added LeanKernel to be sure. B-)

  • Nick Vargish

    It’s running great on my Toro… now. Dirty flash was a disaster, I think they really mean it when they say “wipe first” on this one. 🙂


    Been running this since it dropped last night. All I can say is WOW ! Roman and the AOKP team did it again. It was well worth the wait. Gotta love these developers and the time they put into this for everyone and they don’t even get paid for this. Can’t wait for the next one. Thanks again TEAM KANG !

    • El Big CHRIS

      I’ve been trying a few ROMs while I waited for the AOKP official. It couldn’t come soon enough. I swear I checked their page daily

    • Well they can get paid, but that part is up to you 🙂

  • Anyone install? How is it?

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      Buttery smooth with all the customization you need built right in.

      • xanaxdroid

        it really is. I’m surprised because some of the older aokp builds were kind of slow but this one is just as quick as shiny ota and some of the other “stock” builds

        • Philip A. Kaiser

          Agree. Seemed pretty hit and miss at times but this one hit the mark. Happy to see that as we progress in software, the devices run even better. Sounds natural but then if you think of the computer world, usually software improvements demand better hardware. This evolution almost seems backwards. How is it that the newer software even improves the older hardware. lol something to ponder I suppose.

  • The only thing that’s bugging me so far is no option to disable that stupid sound when changing the volume 🙁 Other than that it’s been running great

    • Kie

      I am running an older nightly build, but I have that option in settings -> sound -> scroll down a bit and under the ‘system’ header is the option to disable “volume adjust sound when using hard keys” [it sits between vibrate on touch and emergency tone

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  • Andrew Wegand

    as always, just in time!!

  • Woo, something to do at work today!

  • They took entirely too long! I’m on CM now!

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      I was on Cm also but switched back. Cm is awesome but I really missed some of the smaller tweaks in AOKP. If you try it, you wont be upset. It is identical to the newest nightlies but has a little more flexibility.

      • David Gray

        MORE flexability!!!! Really? I’m running CM Nightly now and I keep wanting to change to something better….so whats better?

  • I used AOKP for over a year but I can honestly say, I see no reason to leave Nexus Evolution. It is absolutely the best 4.2.1 ROM out there. Glad to see AOKP is back though.

    • +1 for Nexus Evolution. Been using it for a week with TinyKernel and have had ZERO problems. Now if someone could suggest a ROM with awesome battery life, I’d be on cloud 9.

  • AnthonyMoya

    I really need to learn to root and install roms so I can do this to my GNex.

    • Mike

      wugfresh. nothing more.

      • kaufkin

        there is an easier way to root w/o the wugfresh wipe. a quick Google should find it. (worked for me when a friend wouldn’t risk the wipe, but firewalled, and can’t find it now…)

      • AnthonyMoya

        Thanks. I’ll check it out.

        • Mike

          it makes things easy. hardest part is getting the driver properly installed on your computer honestly

          • El Big CHRIS


    • Rodeojones000

      Use this. http://www.wugfresh.com/nrt/

      Couldn’t be more simple. Although I unlocked and rooted my GNex the “old-fashioned” way, I chose this toolkit for convenience when unlocking and rooting my N10. If you need any help, feel free to reply to this post. I’d be happy to assist.

      • AnthonyMoya

        Thanks for the help! I’ll definitely check it out.

      • Philip A. Kaiser

        That is about the most genious set of free software ever. A must have for any Gnex owner.

  • Scott H

    Too late for me, I’m enjoying the CM 4.2.1 ROMs, but it’s good to see AOKP get this out – the pink unicorn is always a solid choice!

    • jgheld

      Same here. I switched over to CM. =( I miss my unicorn though…

    • David Gray

      Hey Scott…I’ve been running CM 10.1 Nightlies for a while now and I freakin LOVE this ROM. Are you saying that AOKP is a better ROm than CM 10 and if yes please tell me why. Everyone, I’m looking for a NEW ROm thats better than CM10, if you got one please let me know.

  • Middle School Teacher

    Was going to try Muzzy after work, not anymore. Let the unicorn rage!

  • When they release this for the note 2 is when I will unlock my bootloader and never look back.

  • Bobby Cornwell

    Wow finally!

  • If only I could install an apk version of multi-window on these custom roms for the Note 2. That is the most used feature on my device.

    • If only we could get multi-window on other devices… That is one feature Samsung did right.

    • i don’t think that will happen in the near future, that’s tightly integrated into the frameworks 🙂

      • yeah that’s what I figured. I love your rom btw.

    • Andy Raynor

      Very true. A Note 2 without multi-window and all the stylus goodies is just a flat Note.

      • Philip A. Kaiser

        I have been trying to get a port of that for my transformer. Who would have seen the day that i want to flash a factory ROM to my unlocked and rooted tablet.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      Not for nothing but mobi player now has a windowed player built in the program. At least you can watch a movie while still using your device. Not the same as the note suite but a step in the right direction..