Since releasing last month, ROMs based on Android Nougat have been popping up for various devices over on XDA. We’ve already seen tons of options for devices such as the Nexus 4, OnePlus One, OnePlus 3, and much more. Now the talented folks over at XDA have developed early Nougat-based ROMs for two different generations of Motorola’s best-selling Moto G.

The first is, well, for the first Moto G. This unofficial CyanogenMod 14 ROM for the 2013 Moto G (codename “falcon”), is currently in alpha status, which, of course, means that this is not daily driver material. That said, the developer does appear to have just about everything important working.

Both mobile data and SMS are working, as is the GPS, compass, sound, vibration, and even installing new apps from Google Play. Multi-SIM functionality isn’t working, but for the most part, this is a working ROM that you can use, just don’t be shocked if you run across bugs. If you want to check it out for yourself, head over to the original XDA thread for download links and flashing instructions.

If you have a newer Moto G on hand, specifically, the 3rd generation from 2015, then a Nougat ROM is also available for you. This ROM is based on AOSP, not CyanogenMod 14. While that does mean fewer features, it also means a cleaner, closer to stock experience. That said, the developer has added a reboot option (apparently ported from Sony) and has Night Mode and the navigation bar customizer enabled by default.

This ROM is also fairly stable, with core features such as phone calls, SMS, data, WiFi, Bluetooth, and the camera all working. Right now the developer has identified that the camcorder and HDR mode are not working. If you’re interested in giving this a shot, you can head over to XDA for download links and flashing instructions, but do keep in mind this does not work on dual-SIM devices.

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