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Custom ROM Friday: Shiny ROM for Verizon Galaxy Nexus

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Since the departure of Pete Alfonso and updates to his Bugless Beast ROM, folks have been on the search for a new minimal, stock AOSP build that brings smooth operation and vanilla Android feel. We received a few requests to make sure everyone new about a somewhat newcomer to the custom ROM scene called, Shiny

The developer has been building multiple ROM’s from source, but this is his first published work for the toro Galaxy Nexus. It brings a complete OTA feel to the device, running Android 4.2.2. What will make this different from your stock firmware though is the replacement of the stock browser app with Google Chrome, the ROM is deodexed, comes with custom reboot options in the power menu, and more.


  • Stock Android 4.2.2, build JDQ39
  • Source (AOSP) built kernel (boot.img)
  • Deodexed
  • Easily rootable (see information below)
  • G-Apps (GMail, Play Store, etc.) included in build along with Nexus apps
  • Stock browser replaced with Google Chrome
  • Shiny restart options
  • 4.2 wallpapers and sounds included
  • Updated frequently
  • Everything works!

If you are not for all of the crazy aesthetic changes that some ROMs bring and you just want a smooth operator (shout out to Sade), then check out Shiny.

For instructions on flashing and finding downloads, head on over to the forum thread by following the via below.

Via: RootzWiki

Cheers JaronDW!

  • carluverdrm2004

    So I still consider myself a noob with ROMs and such, especially after what I just did last night….

    I was running the latest bugless beast from October, and I saw this post and decided to go for it (even though I really don’t know what I’m doing.)

    I followed the instructions that baldwinguy77 posted, and everything seemed to work. Excepty…. the Play Store wouldn’t let me install anything and the system UI and some other things kept force closing. At that point, titanium was letting me reinstall my backups and everything was pretty much okay. But I decided to try and do the process again and see if that solved anything…. then my wifi went out in my house and I couldn’t do anything….
    So now I ran the process again, and now there are no backups in titanium? I don’t know if I lost root or what…. but when I plugged my phone into my computer to connect to the nexus root toolkit it said something about the SU binary being out of date and blah blah blah. (I know some of you hate the toolkits because people like me can use them without any real knowledge of rooting and ROMs and stuff, and now I agree. I’m incredibly angry at myself for what I let happen.)
    Long story short, I don’t want to mess with this stuff anymore because I have no idea what I’m doing.
    What is the easiest way to just unroot my device and go back to stock? I dont really care if I will be on the verizon updates again, I just want my device to work and leave the rooting to the pro’s.

    • carluverdrm2004

      Or I could never change from this ROM and act like I’m starting from scratch from here….. but then somewhere down the road I’d probably encounter some root error and be lost again.

    • SecurityNick

      Did anyone ever answer you?

      • carluverdrm2004

        No, sir. Haha.

        • SecurityNick
          • carluverdrm2004

            Yeah, that’s how I got to where I am now…. mostly. So you don’t think I should just unroot and rely on ota updates?

          • SecurityNick

            That tool should allow you to easily root/unroot/lock/unlock if you wish, but personally, I would stay rooted. What’s probably happened is that somehow your backups aren’t being pointed to the right directory. I would plug your phone up to your computer and search around in the directories to try and find your backups, copy them to your computer just in case, then do a complete wipe and re-install. Did you make a full backup of your stock ROM? Or do you have any full backups? Also, I’m betting that somewhere along the line when you changed ROMs that you didn’t do a full wipe data AND cache, that’s very important when installing ROMs because if anything is leftover from the previous ROM it can cause all kinds of funky things.

            A quick way to verify root access is to install Terminal Emulator (from Play store). Hopefully you can do that, if not, google around for Terminal Emulator APK and try to download the specific file to install. When you install it, give it a second to open, it is a terminal screen (so will look like DOS), tap to open your keyboard and type “su” + enter key on the keyboard. If a “#” shows up, you have root access. Otherwise it will give you an error of something like, “Root access denied” (can’t remember the exact terminology). If you have root access, then you’re golden, you just need to either go back to a previous backup, or just bite the bullet, wipe everything and install a fresh ROM (you can find stock images on here). If you don’t have root access, then you need to figure out a couple of things. Is your bootloader still unlocked? (would see the unlock symbol when you boot up your phone at the bottom). If yes, and just lost root, then all you need to do is push the Super User APK onto your phone (doing through ADB is the easiest unless that is an option on the tool kit). Also, you need to make sure you have a custom recovery installed, I personally like clockwork, but that’s your call. But that’s where you will easily be able to wipe/restore/etc. ROM Manager is another app that makes all that very easy if you don’t want to operate in the recovery mode. I know that sounds like a lot, it’s really not that hard, you just need to make sure you follow instructions carefully and don’t skip steps.

  • Just installed this with mods and the new radios. Wow. It’s like a new phone.

    Radios are killer – couldn’t send an MMS from my house, now I can.

    Well done. I’ll be using Shiny until the X Phone comes out. And then, if Moto has crap on there, well, hopefully Shiny hooks that phone up too.

  • speed_phreak

    Been using this for awhile… always up to date… always stable!!! many thanks to baldwinguy and willyjay!!!!

  • chrizzle30

    Shiny is the new bugless… There, I said it!