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For those of you with GT-i9500 Galaxy S4, your long wait is over for Android 4.4 KitKat. Although there were many beta builds available since Android 4.4 KitKat came out, there hasn’t been one yet stable enough to run as daily driver.
Well, CM11 ROM is still experimental but everything is working out of the box except video camcorder, wifi tether, and some issues with calls. That might be a deal breaker for some of you but the latest CM11 ROM packs Android 4.4.2 along with very zippy speeds and all the KitKat goodness baked in.
It shouldn’t be too long before the bugs are fixed but in the meanwhile, you can always take a test drive by making a backup ROM of your current ROM, try it, then revert back. So, if you have been itching for Android 4.4 KitKat bars, definitely give the CM11 ROM a try this week(end) and do let me know what you think!
Download CM11 ROM with Android 4.4.2 for Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 (This is ONLY FOR GT-i9500 model!!!)
To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Gapps, and reboot. (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop, reboot into recovery, go to Advanced Wipe for TWRP or Mounts & Storage for CWM, format/wipe /system, then re-install ROM.)
You may have to use CWM 220.127.116.11 or higher for installing all Android 4.4 KitKat ROMs. (Also you can use TWRP v18.104.22.168 or higher) If having trouble with installation, use ROM Manager to update or grab CWM Recovery ZIP here you can flash with your existing custom recovery. (No update needed for Loki recovery on ATT/Verizon, I was able to install fine. Not sure on Safestrap, I am testing it right now should have results soon.)
Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer of this ROM or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!
Download Flash Player APK (if you want flash player use with Dolphin browser)
DownloadAndroid PhotoSphere (if you want photosphere, but may force close so make a backup of your Gallery app using Titanium Backup app before installing! )
If you want PIE Controls, see our LMT Pie Control guide.
If you want some awesome audio, check out Viper4Audio FX MOD, which you can install on this ROM to enhance your music 100%. (Works fine on Android 4.4 tested on this ROM.)
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