Custom ROMs for Android 4.4 KitKat


It's been months now since Android 4.4 KitKat was officially unveiled, yet users' craze is showing no signs of fading away. And craze is by no means and overstatement, as we've hardly ever seen as strong an interest in a new version of Android. So much so, that we actually suspect the sugary name of the latest version has played its role of promoting the new update quite well.

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.

Last update: 02/04/2014


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34 Comments

1. Mian.Shahzad

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

waiting foran official update for S4........... :(

2. NEXUSDROID

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

i am buying a new phone and i am thinking between: 1.xperia z1 2.galaxy s4 3.lg g2 4.galaxy note 3 5.iphone 5s please let me know which one of these you think is best

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

1. Z1 2. G2 3. Note 3 4. S4 5. 5S

27. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I will rate it like this; 1. Z1 2. Note 3 3. 5S 4. G2 5. S4 The only reason i put 5S and G2 behind the two others is the lack of memory expansion.

30. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

1. note 3 2. G2, 3. Z1 4. S4 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: Oct 19, 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.

32. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

1. note 3 2. Z1 3. G2 4. S4 thats it.

5. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Lumia 1520.

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Nokia 3310.

11. taikucing unregistered

What is Lumia 1520?

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

HAHAHAHAHHA THAT'S SO FUNNY HAHAHAHHA

33. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

how could that ugly huge phone include here???

7. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 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: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 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

16. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

g2 or note3!

18. Fernmar

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 05, 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.

19. Mian.Shahzad

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

Go for S4

22. Password

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 17, 2013

To be honest, all of them are great devices.... Just buy them all, if you could.

28. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

1. G2 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: Nov 09, 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 unregistered

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: Jan 21, 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: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 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: Mar 16, 2013

same here on my SGS4 SPH L720 CM11 4.2.2 luv it

10. LAKAME_MAN

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Looking forward to running SlimKat on my N7000 :D

12. casualavi

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

[Device : i9100] >> Running UNOFFICIAL CM 11 (4.4.2) >> Downloading SlimKat Beta 1.7 :3 :3

23. gagsta88

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 25, 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: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

f*ck LG devices!! LG phones sucks!! even that damn G2! i would never buy your phone again LG!

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