Custom ROMs for Android 4.4 KitKat
But it's not all branding. Android 4.4 KitKat brings more optimizations than ever, the brilliant new Dialer with smart caller ID, immersive mode, screen recording and a moderate visual update, and quite a few more. It's a version of Android that's truly worth having, and yet, at least for now, it remains the exclusive privilege of some Nexus devices (and since earlier today – the Moto X). This is where the custom Android ROM-building community comes in, often offering the newest update for devices that would otherwise have to wait for a long, long time to get one. If ever.
Now, KitKat is still fairly new, and unfortunately, the custom ROMs that have been updated with Android 4.4 are both considered to be in the 'nightlies' phase, but the list of supported devices has grown a whole lot these past two months.
Do keep in mind that these are considered 'unstable' and we haven't had the chance to test how stable each and everyone of them is. Suffices to say, however, that your device is pretty unlikely to melt down, and it's usually plenty easy to revert back to your stock firmware, should you end up not liking the less-refined nature of custom Android ROMs.
Custom ROMs updated for Android 4.4 KitKat
1. CyanogenMod, derived from Android 4.4 KitKat
Check out the full list here.
2. OmniROM, derived from Android 4.4 KitKat
The list of supported devices includes ones from Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Asus, Oppo and Google. Check out the full list.
3. SlimKat, derived from Android 4.4 KitKat
4. RastaKat, derived from Android 4.4 KitKat
You can see the full list here.
5. Purity ROM, derived from Android 4.4 KitKat
The list of supported Nexus devices can be found here.
6. Cataclysm ROM, derived from Android 4.4 KitKat
Like some other solutions currently available, the Android 4.4. KitKat-derived version of Cataclysm is currently only available for Nexus devices, but we can't wait for that to change. We know of no centralized host for all Cataclysm builds, so you may have to do a manual search for your particular Nexus device. Here's the XDA-developers thread for the Nexus 5.
7. ParanoidAndroid, derived from Android 4.4 KitKat
Check out the full list of supported devices.
8. Android Open Kang Project, derived from Android 4.4 KitKat
There's currently support for Nexus devices, including the Galaxy S3 and S4, HTC One, and several Sony Xperia models. Browse the full list here.
9. Carbon, derived from Android 4.4 KitKat
KitKat derived Carbon is available for a number of devices already, including Google's Nexus line. Full list of supported devices can be seen here.
10. P.A.C. All In One, derived from Android 4.4 KitKat
KitKat nightlies have started for select devices (like the Nexus line), and you can check out whether your particular device is already supported here.
11. crDROID, derived from Android 4.4 KitKat
crDROID is currently available for the Nexus range, select HTC and Samsung phones, and more. Since it has no centralized website, you can start by looking at crDROID's Nexus 5 xda-developers thread.
1. Mian.Shahzad (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)
waiting foran official update for S4........... :(
2. NEXUSDROID (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)
i am buying a new phone and i am thinking between:
4.galaxy note 3
please let me know which one of these you think is best
27. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
I will rate it like this;
2. Note 3
The only reason i put 5S and G2 behind the two others is the lack of memory expansion.
30. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 664; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
1. note 3
iPhone cannot be compared here coz it is different from Android devices. depends on your preference between iOS & Android.
31. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
Exactly, iphone 5s is awesome but it differs from these phones. If you are looking for a beautiful phone with the best specs albeit with a locked OS then this phone is for you. And it is also very small, which might be either a good or a bad thing.
But if I had to choose a phone between these I would definitely jump for LG G2 which is awesome, it feels great, smooth, almost bezelless and the battery which is just miles ahead of what other competitors are offering right now.
Note 3 is just too big, it's awesome but too big.
Z1 just feels weird, the build quality is great and the IP58 is just the top of the iceberg. The biggest problem I have with this phone is that it feels weird, it is rectangular.
S4 is just outdated, pentile display (horrendous), laggy touchwiz but this is android, unlike some other OS (which I am not mentioning, but it is made by Microsoft) you can change everything you don't like about the system.
This is my preference, it is best that you go to a store and look for yourself which phone suits you. But do not choose the S4, LG G2 is basically an improved S4 on every level so there is no reason for you to buy S4 anymore.
11. taikucing (unregistered)
What is Lumia 1520?
33. iTechies (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
how could that ugly huge phone include here???
7. kalloud (Posts: 120; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
There's also the nexus 5, and you can wait a month or two as the galaxy s5 may be announced in January or February.
8. Kuroki (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)
note 3 is considered a phablet, but if that doesn't concern you, it will be the best out of your choices. the z1 is also an excellent choice if you want premuim build quality, excellent camera, and protection from water, dust and damage.
14. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Note 3 hands down, if you don't mind the size of course.
15. loveHEAVYMETAL (unregistered)
i suggest lg g2 , great phone, great camera,display,compact design,amazing battery life
if you dont care about glossy body,non removeable battery,non expendable storage, this is the phone for you
18. Fernmar (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)
All of those phones are different, especially the 5s being from a different OS. Seems to me like you just want a high-end phone and can't be bothered with the details. If thats the case go for the Z1...it's the most high end.
Z1 beat G2 so no need to consider that unless u have a brand preference.
Note 3 beat S4, but if the stylus is not a needed thing in your life then note series is not for.
As for the 5s, it's simple...it's either you want an android or an Apple.
If ur not a designer/artist or u dont have art as an hubby or ur not interested in taking notes on ur phone then ur down to the S4 and Z1.
22. Password (banned) (Posts: 21; Member since: 17 Dec 2013)
To be honest, all of them are great devices....
Just buy them all, if you could.
28. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
2. iPhone 5S
3. Galaxy S4
4. Note 3
5. Xperia Z1
You see how much this depends on the person buying the phone?
3. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
I have a galaxy s3. I tried all 4.3 custom (AOSP) roms and am done. There is no replacement for the stock rom. Heck! Even the 4.3 stock rom from samsung is buggy. Don't know who to blame at this point.
17. av911 (Posts: 153; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Agreed. I have an S4, tried 4.3 and 4.4. In the end, I always go back to 4.2.2, Infamous v8.
4.3 is slow as hell. 4.4 is quick and snappy, but I prefer Touchwiz over AOSP.
25. tazmanian200 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jan 2014)
Not sure sure which S3 ur using or what ur smoking, but I have had the Slim Rom 4.3, now running slimrom 2.4 version of 4.4.2 slimkat on my att s3 and it runs circles around the samsung touchwiz! if you are talking lag...thats touchwiz's middle name. thats why samsung is in the process of redesigning touchwiz because it looks goofy and is SLOW as He@@!
9. regkilla (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)
Cyanogenmod 11 (4.4.2) ROM on my Sprint LG Optimus G runs very smooth and blazing fast thanks to ART runtime and its quad core processor. No problems here.
20. bry68 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
same here on my SGS4 SPH L720 CM11 4.2.2 luv it
10. LAKAME_MAN (Posts: 36; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
Looking forward to running SlimKat on my N7000 :D
12. casualavi (Posts: 48; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)
[Device : i9100]
>> Running UNOFFICIAL CM 11 (4.4.2)
>> Downloading SlimKat Beta 1.7
23. gagsta88 (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Dec 2013)
i have a kyocera rise which is a crappy phone, ive had it for a year now, service is ok i pay $29/month and i have unlimited everything. should i switch to a much better different for such as s4 nexus 5, htc one etc or wait till s5?
24. iTechies (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
f*ck LG devices!! LG phones sucks!! even that damn G2! i would never buy your phone again LG!
26. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 792; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
I don't think they should list custom ROMs because each device have their own unique set of custom ROMs. This gives users a false impression that these ROMs are available for their device, when in reality it may not be available
29. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Why is this even an article - Custom ROMs have been around for ages, and they come and go with each new update to the OS. I normally have a custom ROM on my device, but with the Nexus 5, 4.4.2 works just fine for me, with just a few simple mods added to stock, including change in kernel to hammerhead.
Just go over to XDA and look for your device and enjoy a custom mod. A Phonearena artucle does not need to tell you that.
34. silverwraith (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)
5-Galaxy S4(whis is i'm using)
35. BREvenson (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 May 2012)
Been on CM11 nightlies for my Atrix HD, but I may have to try Carbon or P.A.C, seeing as they support my phone. Glad to have a device that these developers still have love for, since there's no KK yet.
Glad to have developers, period. A wealth of opportunities and enjoyment brought to us by some pretty awesome people.