CyanogenMod 11 Alpha brings KitKat to the Samsung Galaxy S4

CyanogenMod 11 Alpha brings KitKat to the Samsung Galaxy S4
Cyanogen may now be working towards releasing its own hardware with rumored partner Oppo, but that doesn't mean that development is going to stop as far as bringing the popular custom ROM to other devices. Since Android 4.4 has been released, that means it is time to start work on CyanogenMod 11, and today the next Samsung Galaxy device is getting in on the ROM: the Samsung Galaxy S4. CyanogenMod's version numbering changes with the Android build nickname rather than the numbering system that Google follows. This is CyanogenMod 11, because K is the eleventh letter of the alphabet, and KitKat is the newest version. 

Of course, it should always be kept in mind that this is an Alpha release, and there are quite a number of bugs present and accounted for already. So far, the bug list includes: trouble connecting to internal and external storage, no video recording, call quality, rotation doesn't work, images don't display in the Gallery app, no haptic feedback, and more. 

After all of that, it should go without saying that you should not expect this ROM to be good enough to be a daily driver, and you probably don't want to bother with it unless you plan to be helping out the CyanogenMod team, or you are just really really curious. No word on any new additions to the CyanogenMod features, but obviously this will include the KitKat features that you'd expect. 

source: XDA via GSMArena

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

My old T-Mobile S3 was rocking CM11 for nearly two weeks before I got my Note 3.

2. choklatwasted

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

ive been running CM11 on my S4 for the last 7 days and its been 100% stable. not an official build but should be. only bug is the system wallpaper cropper

5. joseram695

Posts: 79; Member since: May 28, 2012

Hi ive been thinking of putting CM11 on my S4 from t-mobile and was wondering if I do that is it hard to remove it after if I dont want it? Ive never rooted a phone and am a little scared to do it but I might give it a try instead of waiting for samsung's forever updates.

6. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Its better to ask this question on xda..audience here is not that knowledgeable about custom rom and stuff... BTW it is very easy to remove it..u ll flash an insecure kernel and a rom while installing CM.. u ll do the same process again to go back to ur default rom... Its easy if u understand it correctly..actually very easy,,so go to xda,Galaxy s3 community..and don't be afraid to ask questions there..u probably wont need to,because ppl there have already explained it too many times with great use search functionality first and check the stickies.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Speak for yourself. If you're new to rooting, I would hold off for awhile before pulling the trigger. Go to XDA, read as many threads as you can, the basics, and watch YouTube videos. Just make sure you always do a backup when rooting, flashing, or updating a ROM. The perks of rooting are endless, but make sure you know what you're doing.

3. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Those issues seem to be pretty big issues. I think I might wait on a later build.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

CM11 has been out on the S3 for probably two weeks now.

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