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First Android 4.3 ROM Built From Source Available for Download to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

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We read the comments in posts and clearly there was a lot of people wondering when Android 4.3 would hit the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. Of course, this isn’t an official build, but a developer has already released a built-from-source Android 4.3 ROM for the rooted users. Taken straight from Google’s servers with some added tweaks to make the ROM work, this is pretty much what exactly would be rolled out from Verizon. So, if you are ready to be one of the first to run Android 4.3 on your Galaxy Nexus, read on. 

The ROM does not come rooted, but you can flash a zip file to allow for root access while you are in your device’s custom recovery. It’s your basic installation – download ROM zip, boot into recovery, flash zip file, wipe data/cache, reboot and enjoy. And of course, make a backup, people!

You can find full instructions and download links by following the link below.

Via: RootzWiki

Cheers blakjakdavy!

  • Joey Funk

    Any love for sprint yet? can’t seem to find one yet… i guess i can wait for MMuzzy like i did for 4.2, he only took a little over a week i think to get it out.

  • laiwang883



  • Eric Callahan

    How long does it usually take for CyanogenMod to start adding features into nightlies? Wondering if I should flash these new 4.3 ROMs and lose Voice+, or just wait for CM to roll thenewer stuff in…

  • Anthony Hopf

    installed…. yesterday

  • panthers95

    Any chance the Gnex lag was addressed in 4.3?

    • Skittlez

      it’s pretty smooth in 4.3. Shiny’s always been smooth for me though. i never really get lag.

  • chucklehead322

    For those that still knock the GNex…. say what you want but the dev community is on the ball when it comes to this device!
    Thanks all!

    • Tyler

      This is the exact reason why I will struggle to find a phone to replace my gnex. I need better battery life and signal strength.

  • EnterTheNexus


    Running this ^ now, really missing my customization. Though, almost no lag, that’s a +.

  • Gnex

    Sweet, the camera rotation lag is almost gone. It was pretty terrible on 4.2.


    dang that was fast!

  • hoosiercub88

    Runs pretty solid.. thinking about swapping out SIMs for tomorrow from my Note II for a day to enjoy living with vanilla 4.3 just for one day.. then come screaming back to 4.1 because battery life/screen size/power/etc…

  • One Meat Ball

    Still waiting for someone to confirm that AVRCP 1.3 bluetooth with streaming metadata is working on VZGnex. Someone, anyone, plz?

    • blakjakdavy


      • blakjakdavy

        wait strike that, got that info from a friend but turns out he was using his nexus 7. sorry.

  • Dan

    Anyone know how to fix the titanium backup problem. I read somewhere about changing your restore path but I don’t know how to do that.

  • sirmeili

    I know that some apps (Hulu) wont work when rooted, so my guess is that if I unlock, then root, so that I can install this rom, that I lose access to Netflix (with Chromecast support) and Hulu, correct?

    I know it may sound stupid, but I want to make sure I can use my device fully especially now that they have Chromecast out (and I’m thinking of replacing my roku with it). Granted, I fully hate that HULU and Netflix block rooted device*

    * I know they use to block rooted devices, they may not do that anymore.

    • joejoe5709

      My device is rooted and Netflix works fine.

      • sirmeili

        Good to know 🙂 What about hulu (though if they don’t add chromecast support it won’t matter)

  • BigDeeNY99

    great!! I now have a Note 2….

  • PLL

    Will 4.3 bring BLE to the Galaxy Nexus? I’ve heard reports that it wouldn’t be included for Galaxy Nexus but that was around I/O (https://plus.google.com/116110604589325140832/posts/VsF1BcaFY1g)

  • Aaron

    I’ve been on the Shiny roms since the first build and I’ve never looked back. Perfectly stock feel with zero problems. He always puts out updated builds super quick and responds to anyone with issues.

    • Jeralmac

      Same here. He has been just as good as Pete ever was, if not even better….

  • Gus

    It is so SHINY!

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      Two people on the forum have
      gotten it to work. Question is if you are already running Shiny’s ROM
      whether you want to take the risk of dirty flashing or wipe clean then

  • Gnex

    Will flash in a little while. How’s performance everybody?

    • Mark Knapp

      running great. no issues

      • Gnex

        Why thank you!

    • Daniel Clifford

      Dirty flashed and having 0 issues for the past hour or so.

    • Skittlez

      It was running awesome but i had to go back to 4.2.2 because i installed the advanced quick settings mod and i was getting constant System UI crashes. but the CM10 messaging app worked fine. gonna do it again in a bit.

      • Gnex

        Thanks, I was actually thinking about applying a few mods myself :p I guess I’ll have to wait then.

  • Riz Virani

    Now we just need it for the Sprint (Toroplus) one..

  • n11

    I have an old “update.zip” (4.2.2 (currently on 4.2.1) on my gnex, I remember when I tried to install it, it would tell me “E: Can’t open /sdcard/update.zip (no such file or directory) Installation aborted”.
    I turn signature check “enabled”, then I get a “signature verification failed”.
    I’m rooted (hence why I’m on 4.2.1).
    I’m going to try installing 4.3, is it going to erase my data…?

  • Brad Ross

    Up and Running on 2 x GNex (Toro) here in my house… working great thus far!!! Thanks-a-Million Baldwinguy77!!!

  • AxemRed

    I’m running it right now. I haven’t had any problems.

  • BrianLipp

    thank god for the custom ROM community. So great that 1 person can get an update done in what, like 5 hours(?), that Verizon will take like 2 months to get done. Shiny ROM FTW!

    • nate

      I think it would actually be pretty funny if Verizon were to, just once, be the first carrier to push out an update to a multi-carrier phone.

    • Blue Sun

      I’ll take the over on the 2 months 🙂

    • I am not defending Verizon because I hate their slow update process also, but comparing this 5 hours job to a well-tested update is like comparing Apple and Orange. If you visit the forum of Shiny ROM, you will find that there are still bugs in this build.

      That said, Verizon is famous for doing test for well over 6 months and still manages to release buggy update.

      • RantGirlRants

        This thought process would be considerably more palatable if VZW didn’t hold back updates so people will upgrade their phones more often.

      • Tyler

        While I agree with the idea that comparing a quick update versus tested isn’t fair, bug fix updates take way too long to get pushed out. As long as new software isn’t being added(new apps, new os), a bug fix update shouldn’t take 6 months to push out. Verizon really did the gnex a disservice.

  • s_a_m_i

    another fugly ROM for an extremely fugly device

    • Shawn Pourhosseini

      if you have nothing positive to add stop wasting time.. no need to be like that

    • ashclepdia

      the troll is strong in this one

  • Tim

    Need Pete to unretire and BUGLESS BEAST 4.3 this biotch on Toro.

    • Skittlez

      Shiny is awesome. Same as bugless. No need for Pete

      • LANCE

        i just wish shiny would give the option to have pre-rooted rom instead of having to go the headache of flashing to get root. release one with root and one without for those that dont want it

        • Skittlez

          it’s really not that hard. you just download the SU zip and flash it in recovery. honestly takes about 3 minutes to do. and you don’t have to do it ever again unless you change ROM’s.

          • LANCE

            thx, im just lazy lol

        • Bigwavedave25

          And, flashing updates to the ROM will keep root. You only need to flash the seperate SU.zip if you are coming from a system wipe.

    • I miss Bugless Beast so much. ):

  • joejoe5709

    Hahaha this is for all those people who said the Verizon GNex wouldn’t get the update quickly. Yes, yes Verizon may drag their feet but for those of us who ROM, this is a very good sign.

    • Skittlez

      lol my Stock Nexus 10 still hasn’t even gotten the 4.3 update. Gnex still my favorite phone on verizon

  • Mike

    Would flash right now if my usb port worked

    • Hear that! Charge bolt of death issue myself. I even replaced the entire usb connection in the phone and it still doesn’t work. If it wasn’t for external battery chargers, I would’ve been SOL months ago.

      • Mike

        I was going to replace it, but it’s time for something new. Mine will charge, but a pc won’t recognize it.

        • sirmeili

          Not to sound like I think you’re dumb (cause I don’t), but have you tried a different USB cable? I have some that are charge only and don’t have the data pins. These won’t allow the phone to be recognized by a computer, but do allow full charging capacity on some chargers. My car charger dumbs down to .5a when using a “data” cable, but will charge full on with a “charging” cable without the pins.

          For instance when using navigaion, 4g, etc on a “data” cable, my phone loses charge. Same situation with a “charging” cable and my phone will actually gain charge.

          Just thought I would offer that up as a possibility.

    • Robert Macri

      Why not download the ROM right to the phone?

      • Mike

        Stock, not rooted

      • nate

        That’s what i was thinking. It’s kind of a pain to move it over to your phone after you downloaded it.

        However, if i’m going to be using a rom for a while (stable CM for example) I download it on my pc because i use a modded gps config file that (at least for me) sped up gps triangulation. Its way faster and easier to extract and rezip the ROM on my PC and then send it to my phone than to do it all on my phone.

        • Andrew Stern

          Nate, Any info on that GPS config file? How do I get it?

          • nate

            I got it from XDA a while ago but can’t seem to find the same thread i got mine from. To do the mod, you just replace /system/etc/gps.conf with a modified version.

            I have to unzip the rom file and replace it there before i flash it because for some reason my gnex with CM can’t change permissions on /system.

            The file tells your phone what servers to use for GPS, and sometimes the ones your phone (or rom) comes with aren’t that good or are in a different region, so gps takes longer. If you google “xda gps.conf” or “xda gps.conf mod” you can find lots of different threads and various setups.

    • ashclepdia

      u can use bluetooth to transferthe file also if you pc/laptop has bluetooth. thats what im doing right now cuz its easier and faster to use bluetooth from my linux laptop vs adb push. (i could use go mtps too..but this is just easier)

    • Travis Keany

      Airdroid makes file transfer over wifi really simple, among other things.

  • bqluong

    Sounds like there is an issue with Google Keep. Hopefully it is fixed before I get home from work so I can start downloading it.

    • baldwinguy77

      Shiny ROM dev here, I’m going to post up a fix for that in the form of a flashable ZIP ASAP 😉 In future builds it will be fixed out of the box.

      P.S. Big thanks to Tim and DL for the article! I really appreciate it! You guys always have been my favorite Android news site since the OG DROID 🙂

      • William_Morris

        Dood, love your ROM!

      • Big thanks to YOU and your AWESOMENESS!

      • Michael

        Hey, I’ve been trying to flash your ROM, but CWM says it’s unable to open the ZIP file, and that the installation is aborted. Could it possibly be internal storage corruption?

        • baldwinguy77

          Could be, or just a bad download. Check the MD5 per the thread’s download post to see if it’s a good download or not. Alternatively, just try downloading again and flashing.

  • John Davids

    *THIS* is exactly why I will never own a non-developer phone. Love it.

    • tomn1ce

      This is so nice, I knew they would get something out soon, but man a few hours later that is insane. That’s why I say that vzw can go suck a rotten egg with their slow and late updates. Now waiting on Pacman and Beanstalk to be unleashed.

  • Bender

    Sweet. Gotta love the developers!

  • akazerotime

    I’ll take a chromecast, 4.3 for my gnex and hold the jank..

  • bqluong

    Two people on the forum have gotten it to work. Question is if you are already running Shiny’s ROM whether you want to take the risk of dirty flashing or wipe clean then install.

    • tyguy829

      i have always been told to clean flash when going between 2 different android versions

      • ashclepdia

        you dont NEED to.
        ive gone between 4.04 to 4.1, to 4.1.2 to 4.2 to 4.2.1 to 4.2.2 without ever wiping data and ALSO MANY MANY different roms in between without wiping once.(aokp, liquid, EclipseROM, xenon, CM, all different versions too. and some i cant remember right now) and i never once had a problerm.
        of course YMMV but depending on your setup and the features you enable, you very well can get away with it pretty easily without ever wiping data and have no issues at all.

    • My suggestion would be to wipe it, but the dev said that if you’re feeling ballsy, go for it. Just make a backup.

  • tyguy829

    Btw, paranoid android says 4.3 should be merged within a day or so https://plus.google.com/107979589566958860409/posts/H91UF2Q2BnE

    • joejoe5709

      I bet CarbonRom will be just a day or two behind that. 🙂

      • AMPthe13th

        Carbon ROM is looking at moving from using Liquid’s base to being pure AOSP based so they’re estimating a slightly longer timeline than that. Source: #teamcarbon on irc.freenode.net

  • Jerrod Schultz

    Can someone confirm this will not break phone?

    • Already up and running on a few user devices on Rootz. You should be just fine. Just make a backup 🙂

  • Dan Lopez

    Incredible how fast these guys work! Thanks, Dev community.


      Well i’m sure it was semi-simple for the G-Nex.

      • NexusPhan69

        No respect.

  • Buckoman

    Oh, the irony.