APEX ROM for Galaxy Nexus! [GSM/Verizon/Sprint][Best ROM]

One of my favorite Galaxy Nexus ROMs, the APEX ROM is back with a huge update. Now the APEX ICS ROM comes with Android 4.0.4, based off IMM76I, which is the latest Android OS.

This is probably one of the best ROMs out right now for Galaxy Nexus (including the AOKP), give it a go and let me know how it works for you.

Rating: 4.9 out of 5

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56 Responses to APEX ROM for Galaxy Nexus! [GSM/Verizon/Sprint][Best ROM]

  1. Mario says:

    Just downloaded and installed. looks great. I dont have the “Galaxy Nexus Settings” App tho. bummer

  2. Erik says:

    Just flashed this, was on AOPK, seems to have less going on, but also lighter, hoping it has better battery, seems great though.

  3. Len Kiat Leong says:

    From your videos, i have no clue how good those ROMs were. It would be good if you could make a comparison table for all the ROMs that you had reviewed.
    For example, MIUI ROM offers hundreds of themes, able to lock apps, hide certain app notification, directly launch app from lock screen, able to create more than 15 desktops, support several transition effects when one slide the screen and etc.. From a list of features available from all ROMs that you had reviewed, you could put a tick or cross so that we know which ROM suits us best.
    For me, i emphasize on theme and transition effects but i don’t know other ROM have them or not. So, a comparison table would help a lot.

    By the way, i would like to thank you for your amazing videos on how to root, install recovery videos for Galaxy Nexus. AFAIK, you are the most diligent and meticulous person i have seen!!

  4. Madboymatt says:

    This rom is sweet…but the auto brightness doesnt seem to work. Screen is the only thing draining the battery. Other than that, it’s a beauty. THanks.

  5. Adam says:

    Overall, this Rom seems really clean and easy to use. Like Mario, I didn’t get the Galaxy Nexus Settings, so I just couldn’t do much. Already flashed back into AOKP…

  6. Dominique says:

    I’ve rooted and booted for the first time yesterday and i like APEX, it’s great but the battery life is terrible – i’m talking 4 hours all out just using my phone for calls and receiving emails.

    Am i doing something wrong? I’ve knocked the CPU stuff down to the minimum but it hasn’t helped much at all.

  7. Danny says:

    Just installed the APEX rom. This ROM is really amazing.
    Not only the awesome bootup animation, and the great battery life, but also the customization that I can make in this ROM (such as the lockscreen shortcut and toggle)


  8. Michael says:

    Just installed this ROM, it hasn’t even finished updating my apps, and I think I love it already. As well, the first ROM swap that seems to have gone 100% trouble free.

    Great job, can’t wait to dive into this !!!!

  9. Mario says:

    Yea not getting good battery life out his rom going back to AOPK

  10. Mario says:

    on second thought im going to calibrate and see what happens ill let you know.

    • Erik says:

      Did you have any luck with battery life? I have syncing off, and it is still terrible. All of the 4.04 ROMs have been bad on battery it seems

    • Ronaldo says:

      Getting really decent battery life with this ROM, roughly equal to AOKP. Really depends on how you configure the power settings on the phone. Got about 10 hours with heavy use yesterday, by heavy use I mean taking photos, uploading photos, social networking, a bit of internet browsing and playing a bit of music. What I do when I’m low on battery (say around 40%) is underclock and make sure there’s not background processes running unnecessarily. Also, to make sure you get the most out of your charge, try not to play graphics or data extensive games/apps for obvious reasons. Also recommend using Franco kernel, stable, smooth and fast. Other than these, unless there’s unusual battery drain while in sleep mode, I wouldn’t be concerned.

  11. Ageris says:

    I tired this rom, but I’m unable to boot it. It’s stuck at the boot animation. Any tips?

  12. Richard says:

    First root and rom, love it. Only issue is I dont see the galaxy nexus settings and would really like to use the fast charge on usb feature. Any help

    • Max Lee says:

      I think it’s not available yet for all GNex. But should be on newer versions so watch out for that.

    • Michael says:

      I have the Galaxy Nexus setting app and the USB fast charge option so I don’t know what happened with your install .

      • Richard says:

        For the verizon LTE version

        • Michael says:

          Aaaaah. That might explain it. Too bad but will most likely be resolved soon.

          I absolutely love this ROM. So smooth and seems to have good battery life out the box, and even better with Juice Defender Ultimate managing wifi and such. I get nearly two full days of batt life with medium use (browsing/smaller sized file transfers/music playing/calls and texts), and regularly scheduled email syncs.

  13. Richard says:

    For some reason it seems to be draining my battery worse then the stock rom. And would any of you know what the adjustable voltage is about and should I be tweaking that?

  14. Mario says:

    Ran a couple power cycles and still no luck, Back to AOKP and its working great! without “Galaxy Nexus settings” im sticking with AOKP untill the next update and will check it out then.

    MAX thanks for all the Data you gice us much appreciated!

  15. lionel says:

    is there anyway to cut the animation??

  16. Lionel says:

    can you explain the franco kernel stuff? I downloaded it from the App store and do the nightly kernels.

    Are you able to downgrade a kernel?

    and i’m reading AOKP is milestone5 when i check the info on Franco it says mine is milestone3 should i just waite for an update from Apex?


  17. Hughbone says:

    This ROM was running well. Then I started to noticed when I had wifi on but was out of range the 4G would not pick up. Today I had to power cycle twice because I could not make or receive call. Other then all the tweaks you can make to the home screen it not much better the the stock version

  18. Heo says:

    Is it normal for it to takes hours on first boot after flashed? It’s been an hour and im gonna let it boot overnight. Or is it better to take the battery out and flash again? plz advice…. thanks

    • Heo says:

      nevermind… im good…. restore > wipe > install… it worked….

      • Max Lee says:

        Good job!

        • Jandroid says:

          Just flashed the APEX and it seems I stuck in reboot mode the apex animation keeps flashing. I wiped and re installed but it seems to still be in boot mode. How long does it typically take the first time you boot after installing this ROM? Any suggestions of what I can do?

  19. Big Mac says:

    Battery dropped from 100% down to 70% within 90 minutes of me playing around with this ROM. I went back to stock unlocked and rooted. Nice looking and snappy ROM, but with battery life like that, major fail.

  20. Reginald says:

    Thank you for the recommendation of this ROM, it has run great on my GNex for about two weeks, I am using a newer version of the LeanKernel (3.6) I am going to upgrade to 3.8 and see if I get any better results with Batter Life (which is much better than stock). I am also using the 4.0.4 Radios.

  21. Jenny says:

    hi max..(: i installed this rom and it always restart it self…): how can i solve this problem? Thanks…

  22. kyle says:

    hey guys, installed this app and no complaints except once and a while, my data will just stop working, a simple turn phone off and back on fixes it, any answers so i dont have to do that?

  23. Troy says:

    I’ve looked over the comments for this rom and I didn’t see anyone say that google wallet was not working. Atleast for the Sprint version it’s not. I go to add the google prepaid card and it says it’s unavailable, try again later. It says that over and over everytime you try to add it. Any help in fixing this would be appreciated.

  24. David says:

    I’ve been running APEX on my Verizon GNex for about a week now and am more or less happy with it. However, I’ve noticed one significant flaw, which is that my camera is really slow. In stock ICS, the GNex camera is the fastest phone camera I’ve ever seen by a huge margin–responds almost instantaneously. With APEX, though, it’s nearly a second delay. If anyone has thoughts on this they would be much appreciated.

  25. Jeremy says:

    XDA site says it’s been reverted back to previous release due to a bug so for those of you flashing beware that not even the devolper wants you flashing this on your nexus tell it’s fixed. Previous update is freaking sweet and smooth as butter so I’ll wait for him even though you can still find plenty of links for new one is online.

  26. Gabriel says:

    I installed this rom but I don’t have the app store how do I get Google Play Store??? Please help!!!

  27. Gabriel says:

    Does anyone know of a way to get Rhapsody app with subscription for free??

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