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Looking to revamp your good ol’ Galaxy Nexus to latest Android 5.1 + root?
I’ve been looking actually for the last few weeks but finally I can say there are some Android 5.1 builds I can recommend as daily driver. These builds aren’t perfect by any means (you may still encounter some bugs although I haven’t found any) but you will finally be able to upgrade your Galaxy Nexus to latest Android 5.1 OS and enjoy the best of Android without upgrading your phone’s hardware.
These are unofficial CM12.1 builds but they work nearly flawless out of the box, you will pretty much get all the new features of Android 5.1 and the latest CyanogenMod ROM. For GSM and Verizon, the builds I’ve tested are nearly perfect, the only flaw I found was a laggy Trebuchet launcher, which you can easily fix by install Nova launcher from Play Store. The Sprint version may have some video recording issues but should be okay to use as daily driver otherwise.
If you are still looking for a good Android 5.1 custom ROM for your GNex, definitely start here, try the CM12.1 ROM this week(end) and do let me know what you think!
Download CM12.1 ROM for Galaxy Nexus Sprint (toroplus)
Download Android 5.1 Gapps (DO NOT USE older Gapp as you will FC!!!)
To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Gapps, and reboot. (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop or get force-closed keyboard error on boot, reboot into CWM recovery, go to Mounts & Storage->format /system. For TWRP, go to Wipe->Advanced Wipe->Wipe /system.)
Want Flash Player? See How to Install Flash Player on Android Lollipop!
If you want some awesome audio, check out Viper4Audio FX MOD, which you can install on this ROM to enhance your music 100%.
If you want to run your apps in tablet/hybrid/custom DPI mode, see our Xposed App Settings guide.
Need to run apps that check for root? Check out How to Run Apps that’s don’t run on rooted Android!
If you want PIE Controls, see our LMT Pie Control guide.
Q: My 3G/4G LTE data is not working!!!
A: See How to Fix 3G/4G LTE data by Manually Setting APN on Android!
Q: I have no Play Store!
A: Make sure you install Gapps zip file in TWRP Recovery!!! Download link in this post above.
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