Early Galaxy Note 3 CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4 KitKat) build available

December 30, 2013

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    The Galaxy Note 3 flagship device is surprisingly still missing its “official” CyanogenMod 11 build, but handset owners that want to try out an early build can now do so.

    Only a few days ago we told you that the CyanogenMod source code for the Galaxy Note 3 was released, and it looks like developers have already started building the CM11 ROM for it (see Source link below).

    As expected, early builds will come with various bugs so you may want to keep waiting for a while longer for a more stable CM11 ROM to be released. Even so, we’re not advising you to install custom ROMs on your device, and we’ll remind you that you’re the only person responsible for whatever happens with your handset during such procedures.

    As for the official KitKat update for the Galaxy Note 3, the one that will be packed with TouchWiz features, well, Samsung is yet to announce release plans for it. French carrier SFR has said that the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will be updated to Android 4.4 early next year without providing actual release dates. For what it’s worth, the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition has already been updated to the latest KitKat version, which means Samsung must be working on similar updates for other flagship handsets.

    That said, have you tried CM 11 on your Galaxy Note 3 yet?

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    Comments

    • k4ever

      I’ll pass. I bought the Note 3 for the S – pen features built into the device. Without them it is just another big phone. If CM 11 does not take advantage of the S -Pen then it is not for me.

      • Eric Hayes

        Pretty much my thinking. I had CM on my original Note. It made it a better phone but I lost S-pen functionality. On the Note 3, the S-pen is even more useful. To the point where I’m not willing to give it up for KitKat when I’m 95% sure I’ll get KitKat officially within the next 60 days. Now if CM can keep my S-pen with ALL of its features and functions, then I’ll reconsider.

        • dfs

          you’re 95% sure about an update from a company that dissappoints 95% of the time on timely updates. CM doesn’t need you to reconsider, and spen features are not open source.

          • Craig HouseMusic Earnest

            dfs… blah.

      • Muammar El Khatib

        Same reason why I think it’d not be a good idea to install CM on my note 3. I also bought it because of the S-Pen functionality.

    • ♜Donzzy™

      Why would I shift to a custom ROM if I can’t enjoy the SPen features, the new multitasking capability, camera/video recorder feautures and many others that CM doesn’t have?

      • Jayfeather787

        Because touchwiz is a super loaded down version of the Android OS. Maybe touchwiz can do more, but it depends on the person. Touhwiz could be for the people who like the s-pen and use is a lot. CM/other AOSP ROMs are for people who like a stock android interface and without the heavy load of touchwiz. This means better performance, better battery life, much more storage, and more free RAM.

        • ♜Donzzy™

          You do have a point there. But then again, the Note series is intended for its capabilities which only Touch Wiz can cater. So if someone wants pure Android experience I suggest s/he should go get a Nexus or any Google edition variant phone. And besides, official KitKat is just around the corner. My hands are itching to taste it soon!

          • RusticKey

            I can hardly wait for 4.4! Wonder how sweet it will be, even when it’s sprayed with TouchWiz on all sides.

            • ♜Donzzy™

              I’m on the same boat as you are! January 2014 is already here, crossing my fingers for imminent KitKat update!

          • Ben Joynes

            Because I want a large screened phone, with a great camera and powerful internals, micro SD support and removable battery. You can download apps that let you scribble notes if you want

    • RusticKey

      I’d fancy the lightweight and customizable CM with S-Pen features and multi window.
      Yeah, that’ll do.

    • Guest

      I have no affiliation with CM or Samsung. I’m just a guy who is passionate about using the best phone and the best software.

      I was excited to buy the Note 3. I planned to sell my CM10.2 (now CM11) loaded S4. All the Note 3 features sounded nice, but the large, beautiful screen & faster processor really means that I used it more often, nothing else. I find that I RARELY use the S-pen, and that both Samsung and AT&T have packed my phone so full of junk that TouchWiz just gets in the way.

      I have yet to part with my S4 because I miss CM11 and have even switched back to using the S4 as my daily driver, because I value the CM Features. Most notable of which are:

      1) Super FAST SOFTWARE PERFORMANCE
      2) IMMEDIATE SOFTWARE UPDATES from Passionate Devs
      3) Amazing XDA FORUM SUPPORT from Devs & Creative geniuses who literally work their tails off, for free! (Kudos to you guys)
      4) IMPROVED BATTERY LIFE
      5) AWESOME CAMERA replacement (Thanks Focal)
      6) Hugely CUSTOMIZED EXPERIENCE that has allowed me to taylor my phone’s layout so that using CM is ALWAYS faster, easier and more reliable.

      The only things I miss from the Note 3 when using my S4 is the extra screen real estate… and sometimes Samsung’s calendar. They did a good job on their calendar.

    • Mufasa

      I have no affiliation with CM or Samsung. I’m just a guy who is passionate about using the best phone and the best software.

      I was excited to buy the Note 3. I planned to sell my CM10.2 (now CM11) loaded S4. All the Note 3 features sounded nice, but the large, beautiful screen & faster processor really means that I used it more often, nothing else. I find that I RARELY use the S-pen, and that both Samsung and AT&T have packed my phone so full of junk that TouchWiz just gets in the way.

      I have yet to part with my S4 because I miss CM11 and have even switched back to using the S4 as my daily driver, because I value the CM Features. Most notable of which are:

      1) Super FAST SOFTWARE PERFORMANCE
      2) IMMEDIATE SOFTWARE UPDATES from Passionate Devs
      3) Amazing XDA FORUM SUPPORT from Devs & Creative geniuses who literally work their tails off, for free! (Kudos to you guys)
      4) IMPROVED BATTERY LIFE
      5) AWESOME CAMERA replacement (Thanks Focal)
      6) Hugely CUSTOMIZED EXPERIENCE that has allowed me to taylor my phone’s layout so that using CM is ALWAYS faster, easier and more reliable.

      The only things I miss from the Note 3 when using my S4 is the extra screen real estate… and sometimes Samsung’s calendar. They did a good job on their calendar.

    • 72goojman72

      S-pen is just to great an asset to switch to CM unless you could carry that function over. Plus Touchwhiz has made some. Decent strides in 4.3.

    • Android Developer

      Is there any chance the S-pen could be migrated to AOSP based roms ?

      Or maybe that Google would add some APIs for such a component ?

      There are already multiple phablets out there with pens, each company has its own way to deal with it but developers can’t target them all , and instead they need to handle each of them separately (and need to buy each of them) …

    • eric

      Ok

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