New AOKP builds based on Android 4.2.1 released for Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus

Daniel Bader

January 3, 2013 9:06 am


The fiercest competition that CyanogenMOD has received since its launched started out as a small custom ROM project on the Galaxy Nexus. Since then, it grew into something amazing. AOKP, or Android Open Kang Project, reimagines the stock Google experience, adding a bit of flair and colour to an otherwise-dull palette.

Whereas CyanogenMOD focuses on supporting as many devices as possible, AOKP tends to promote features. The team has been active since November doing a complete rewrite of its codebase, and the result is a MR1 build of AOKP Jelly Bean 4.2.1 for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus. Other builds will come later, but there is definitely a sense that these three devices are going to stay the “hero” models for the AOKP team going forward. No clue why the Nexus 10 wasn’t supported, but it’s likely they haven’t scaled many of the navbar features to the 10-inch wide screen yet.

AOKP offers some unique features over CyanogenMOD, including notification backgrounds, a notification bar brightness slider, a customizable navbar and lots more.

The full changelog, and a list of downloads, is available from the AOKP website.

Source: AOKP
Via: Android Police

  • Brad F, Brad F(anboy), jack

    Amazing write-up! Great introduction to the background. Will definitely check it out. Please ignore comments from disappointed canadian.

  • Miguel

    Have been using them since the GNexus days when it was just one guy. They’ve come a long way since. Good on them, one of the best roms out there for the nexus phones, stable, and with great features (text side scrolling with the navbar just blew me away for example).

  • Shaggyskunk

    Android is such an amazing experience! Being able to flash from stock, to CM, to AOKP :-P With the constant stream of “mods”, you can virtually reinvent your device, almost daily. And, it’s not just for Nexus devices – Samsung just shines with the choices!
    I’d love to see Samsung/Android run ads, showing just how irrelevant iSheep is :-D

    • Nobel

      @Shaggyskunk: Totally agree.

      I am using CM10 now. However, I liked AOKP better as it provides more customization. The only two reasons I switched back to CM10 is 1) The GPS wasn’t working for me on AOKP 2) I like the equalizer feature on CM10 (Can’t remember if AOKP has built in equalizer like CM10).

  • Shaggyskunk

    @nobel-depending on which device & which version of AOKP you were running. There’s also some roms that are a fantastic combination of CM, AOKP & ParanoidAndroid that just blow your mind!
    Further to my previous post – in fairness to iSheep, they can get some pretty nifty screen protectors, probably also available in AOKP pink – lol

  • HeyLo

    About time. I’ve been waiting for a new AOKP since September. But I’m happy a new one is finally here!

  • jameh

    got this running on my galaxy nexus, and it’s super slick. So many customizations you can make – like lock screen pages and launcher circle apps :)