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For those of you early-adapters who need to get Android 4.4 KitKat ROM with root for your Galaxy S4, you can do it now thanks to CM11 (CyanogenMod 11) ROM.
The latest CM11 ROM ships with Android 4.4 KitKat, bringing you pretty much everything from Android 4.4 plus some extra Cyanogen features.
In my testing, the CM11 ROM does quite well and everything works out of the box although it’s still a “beta” custom ROM. Camera/camcorder works fine (which you can add PhotoSphere by swapping with Android 4.3 camera) along with 4G LTE/HSPA+/wifi/bluetooth, and I have not yet seen any major bugs that would not allow it to run as daily driver.
You will find many goodies baked in such as “Ok Google”, Hangout SMS option, and much much more.
If you have not heard about what Android 4.4 KitKat brings, see our Top 10 KitKat Features video below:
And for those of you who cannot wait, definitely just try out the CM11 ROM and do let me know what you think of this early beta version.
Download CM11 Android 4.4 KitKat ROM (for all AT&T/T-Mobile/Canadian/GT-i9505)
Download Android 4.4 Gapps (DO NOT USE OLDER 4.3 Gapps you will FC!!!)
You may have to use CWM 188.8.131.52 or higher for installing all Android 4.4 KitKat ROMs. If having trouble with installation, use ROM Manager to update or grab CWM Recovery ZIP here you can flash with your existing custom recovery.
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.)
Note: CM11 does not have root enabled by default but you can easily enable it for adb & apps in Developer options. If you do not know how to do this, see this video.
Download Flash Player APK (if you want flash player use with Dolphin browser)
DownloadAndroid 4.3 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 to run your apps in tablet/hybrid/custom DPI mode, see our Xposed App Settings guide.
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%.
What is a Custom ROM?
A custom ROM is a custom, modified operating system that you can install on your Android device. Basically it's like installing Windows OS on a Macbook. By installing a custom ROM, you can bypass stock factory settings like locked hotspot tether, install new Android versions early, or even convert your phone into another OS.
With a custom ROM, you can really maximize the capabilities of your smartphone by adding custom features that have been developed by open source developers.
How to Install Custom ROMs
First, you will need to root your device, if it is not rooted yet, follow our root tutorial and root your phone.
Once rooted, you should have TWRP installed on your phone. Installation of a custom ROM is easy if you learn the basic of it. If you don't know how to install custom ROMs using TWRP recovery, see our tutorial on How to Install Custom ROM using TWRP!