Android 4.4 KitKat plans for AOKP, CyanogenMod, OmniROM and Paranoid Android detailed

by: Chris SmithNovember 10, 2013

Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKat is only officially available on the Nexus 5 so far, but various custom ROM makers have further detailed their KitKat-related plans, including AOKP, CyanogenMod, OmniROM and Paranoid Android.


The AOKP team announced that it’s working both on Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 builds. Half of the team is preparing the final Milestone build for Android 4.3, while the other half is going to focus on Android 4.4 in a “clean” fashion.

In other words, the first KitKat AOKP build will actually be a “nearly barebones” AOSP ROM, with more AOKP features expected to arrive soon after that first release. Nightlies for KitKat are expected to arrive “soon.”

Speaking of a launch date, there isn’t one available just yet, so “soon” could mean just about anything.


We already know that the CyanogenMod team has started work on CyanogenMod 11, and the team has provided more details in a post on its website.

But a release date for CM11 is not available yet, and there’s no list of devices that will get it either. However, several devices have been named:

The source code for Android 4.4 began its release on October 31st (yay Halloween!). From there, it took us roughly 4 days to get the code whipped up into shape and pushed up to our Github repository, with a manifest to match. […] This milestone also kicked off the bulk of the device bring-up efforts, and we are already seeing good results. Just to showcase a few: Xperia T, HTC One, S4 Mini, Galaxy Tab, Nexus 10, Skyrocket and many more (yes, including the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (12/13) and Nexus 5).

Furthermore, the team said that “just because KitKat is touted as being better for lower RAM devices, doesn’t mean [they’ll] be bringing back support for devices that [they’ve] dropped in the past.”

However, the good news is that CM11 nightlies are expected by the end of this month, with an “unofficial alpha” already started by “individual maintainers.”

Android 4.4 KitKat


OmniROM is one of the newest players in the Android custom ROM game, and the team has KitKat plans for you.

In fact, “experimental” KitKat Omni versions are already available for the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, LG Optimus G, Galaxy S2, Oppo Find 5, Xperia T, with “many more” to come in the future.

The team has also detailed some of the features that will be available in Omni 4.4 – here’s a list:

  • Our universal, open source Omni Installer (which actually already works with a couple devices)
  • A lightweight, and fully open and secure, OTA system
  • More customization… Than what you ever could think of
  • Never-before-seen security features (deniable PIN, NFC challenge unlock, different encrypted locations…)
  • Multi-workspace
  • OmniLink, an open interface for multiple backend providers of various services (it’s cooler than it sounds)
  • More (useful) audio filters in DSP Manager to enhance your audio experience
  • Roadrunner mode
  • Non-intrusive call notification
  • Stock SMS app enhancements
  • Stock Dialer app enhancements
  • Daydream enhancements

Paranoid Android

Paranoid Android has already released its first AOSP builds for KitKat, and just like AOKP, the team is “starting over with a pure AOSP base” for its KitKat ROM, and “incrementally adding custom functionality.

A release date for the updated Paranoid Android ROM is not available at this time, but the team did say that it will try to offer users an “as close to stock as possible” experience.

Wrap up

While we wait for these ROMs to be released, we’ll remind you that unofficial KitKat ports are already available for various smartphones and tablets, with the list including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 models), Galaxy Nexus, HTC One and Xperia Z.

That said, we’re not going to advise you to install any custom ROMs on your hardware, and we’ll also remind you that you’re going to be the only person responsible for whatever happens with your devices during such procedures.

What KitKat-based custom ROM are you looking forward to install on your devices?

  • Can’t wait for see the potential in OmniROM!

    • in2android

      I feel like Omni is going to push the boundaries of customization and features in an effort to separate themselves from the existing 3rd party Roms. This could potentially be the new go to open source Rom in 2014,

  • IDontKnowMyName

    Awesome. My Note will be really happy with OmniROM :)

  • Jonduke19

    The best custom rom is Android Revolution. I don’t see why you guys didn’t talk about it.

    • Derek Carr

      This isn’t about the best, but the most popular really.

    • MasterMuffin

      Isn’t revolution just the stock ROM modified with a kitchen? These are source built AOSP ROMs

  • Seth Forbus

    I want the pacman rom on a nexus 5. I really want it on my Xperia Z but t-mo locked the bootloader. =(

    • Leonardo Rojas

      I also wanted the PACMAN ROM for my ZL, and also, boot loader locked :( Is there any custom ROM similar to that one that we could install?

      • Seth Forbus

        The only solution I’ve found is selling the phone. I’m gonna be selling my T-Mobile branded Xperia Z and getting an unlocked Xperia Z ultra with t-mo bands to get the pacman rom. Either that or a nexus 5 once the rom becomes available. Locked bootloaders make me cry.

        • Leonardo Rojas

          It isn’t that bad for me. But if the selling price of your Z is good enough you can’t go wrong with the N5. The Z Ultra would be more comfortable for someone who already has a smaller main smartPHONE, imo.
          I wanted the Z Ultra a month ago cause I had a Motorola Razr I which is compact and good, and the Z Ultra would have been the perfect addition. But it got stolen, and I had to pick another. So I bought the ZL, to continue my contact. So, now I don’t think I’ll buy any smartphone. I’d better buy a PS4. The ZL is doing great, just the locked boot loader… I’ll see another kind of ROM, or I’ll stay with stock till 4.4… I hope battery life is improved with the update.

          No other ROM has interested you for your Z? Not a bit?

  • DonnieGou

    anybody knows how to prot this to MIUI v5???….

  • mohd sultan

    can anybody tell me when will tab 2 get it

  • ash

    ho touchpad plz

  • Haseeb

    Waiting eagerly to see KitKat on my LG G2

    • Peter Krull

      I don’t see why it is not one of the first devices they make KitKat for, when it is so close in terms of hardware to the Nexus 5. I mean, they should just be able to port it directly over, changing just very little code.

  • Leonardo Rojas

    The OmniROM sounds great n.n Could I install it on my Xperia ZL with locked boot loader if they support it?

    Anyone could suggest me a custom ROM for locked boot loader devices like mine?

  • dray

    slimkat runs pretty good on my nexus 4. been playing around with all of them the last few days