Many Android enthusiasts buy the Nexus line of devices not for the low price, but for stock Android. It’s pretty much the only way to get stock Android and quick updates straight from Google anymore, though the Moto X comes fairly close. The pure Google experience is something special, a light and fast interface with its own quirks and bugs but a feel like no other version of Android.
Though this is true for many, Nexus devices are also all about modifying the software in the most outrageous way possible. This means the devices will see ports of pretty much every ROM possible, and the latest to be ported to the Nexus 5 is HTC Sense 6. Yes, the full ROM from the HTC One (M8) has been ported to the latest Nexus smartphone.
This port is in its alpha stage at the moment, meaning it can not be used as a daily driver. However, many of the important things are already working:
- SIM card detection
- SMS and phone calls RIL
- Internal SD Card
- Sensors (Light/Orientation/Proximity)
While I wouldn’t suggest running it for a prolonged period of time, unless you’re going to help with development of this ROM, you can give it a shot and brag to your friends that you have what is essentially an HTC One without the gargantuan bezels. Hit the source link for the original XDA thread to learn more and get flashing, but do so at your own risk! Tell us how you like it in the comments, and what ROM should be ported to the Nexus 5 next.