First ported Android 4.4 KitKat ROMs are already available for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013)

First ported Android 4.4 KitKat ROMs are already available for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013)
Given the growth in the Android dev space, not to mention the amount of hype surrounding the new Andoird 4.4 KitKat, it was pretty much expected that a team or two will jump the gun almost instantly and release a stock, AOSP-based port of the new source code for other devices. Unsurprisingly, it's Google's own Nexus line that is getting the first set of KitKat goodness, or well, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013), anyway.

The ROM was ported by the critically acclaimed team behind the ParanoidAndroid custom ROM, and it really is as close to stock as it gets. Do keep in mind that it doesn't include in it things like the new Google Experience Launcher, so you'll have to sideload that one, including the Google Apps package. Of course, that is if you're actually willing to take on this risk, seeing as the Nexus line is usually pretty fast to get the next updates. Oh well, some people just ain't good with patience, so to you we say to tread carefully – if you mess up your devices, you'll be the only one to blame. You've been warned.

You can download ParanoidAndroid's Android 4.4 KitKat port for the Nexus 4 here, and for the Wi-Fi only Nexus 7 (2013) here. You'll be needing them Google apps, these are downloadable from here. Happy flashing y'all!

UPDATE: A ROM has also been made available for the Nexus 7 2012 edition here.

Related phones

Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)
Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3950 mAh



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This is the fastest ROM to be released from the stock source code!

4. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

no its for mi3

2. xhugopires

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

I want to 'bout the CyanogenMod Team. :S

3. Eborg

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Did anyone download it already? is it good?

9. LukeTT

Posts: 13; Member since: May 03, 2013

Using it on my Nexus 4 now. Lags quite a bit, but that's not surprising for an early build. Other than that, seems fine to me. Only crash i've experienced so far is with Nova Launcher.

5. red_fox unregistered

I am using it right now, it's pretty good for an early build, and everything seems to work fine, but there are still some bug & frame drops, also the calender app keeps crashing from time to time so I had to disabled it.

6. ShiZee

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

i am using this on this post...

7. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Just wanted to let anyone who is trying it to know that the ROM failed when I flashed using TWRP... CWM worked fine

8. ilia1986 unregistered

Can't wait for SlimBean 4.4 build 1!! :D

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