Nov 13 AT 3:38 PM Dima Aryeh 15 Comments

Someone buys a Nexus 5 with Key Lime Pie test build on it


Looks like some lucky (or unlucky) guy got himself a test build of Key Lime Pie instead of standard KitKat on his new Nexus 5. Upon firing up his Nexus 5 (which was purchased second hand), he noticed it was unstable and kept crashing. Inside the Settings menu, he found this:

Nexus 5 Key Lime Pie

It’s a test version of Key Lime Pie, Hammerhead codename for the Nexus 5 and all. Many of us would consider him very lucky, but having a constantly crashing device is no fun. There were a few hidden menus enabled, but nothing exciting or inaccessible in the regular build. No goodies to be found here, unfortunately.

It’s not uncommon for devices to ship with an old build of Android, but they’re updated when they’re started. However, test builds do not receive OTA updates like normal builds do, so this user had to flash a KitKat image on his device. While a hardship, it offered a peek at an early Android build and is simply a cool little story.

Source: XDA-Developers

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  • 346

    Maybe he found it in a californian bar, next to an iphone prototype

  • ihatefanboys

    Why didnt he send it back for one that worked ? Clearly flashing it over with something else voided his warranty.

    • noobdeagle

      Flashing nexus phones does not void your warranty. and flashing from the google factory images certainly would not void it.

      • Jay

        Flashing a custom ROM on a Nexus device DOES void your warranty until you return it to stock.

        • J S

          Who said custom ROM? Stock KitKat is what he probably flashed. No voiding of warranty there at all.

    • c law

      It says in the article it was purchased used, not from Google

    • Steve

      because he bought it second hand. He probably got it on Craigslist or something so you get what you get.

    • crazytrain5

      “Clearly” you are wrong.

  • linkinmark5

    This doesn’t make any sense. Probably shopped.

  • donger

    Cool and uncool at the same time.

  • tmihai20

    The only way to get KeyLimePie is from a Google tester or employee. Android versions are not given by letters only, so it could be a fake.. In any case, he can still flash a 4.4 factory image, if they are not already available.

  • android underground

    Flashing KitKat over a Key Lime Pie test build? Why would anyone do that?
    If I found KLP on a phone I’d have tech sites and other media outbid each other for a chance to pull the new Android apart and be the first to publish all the gory details.

    • tmihai20

      I’d like my Android to be functional, that is why I would flash KitKat over it.

  • jwpug

    False. KeLimePie was a codename for 4.4 until real name, Kit Kat was revealed. That’s some earlier Google’s inside build.

  • jimmy