Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat (via OmniROM), Nexus 5 CyanogenMod 11 custom ROMs available

by: Chris SmithNovember 15, 2013

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Galaxy S3 and Nexus 5 owners looking for custom ROMs should check out OmniROM and CyanogenMod 11, respectively, which bring Android 4.4 KitKat experiences to the handsets.

The Galaxy S3’s official Android 4.3 update is not going so well, as many handset owners complained about various performance and battery issues observed after the software upgrade. But there’s already a KitKat-based OmniROM test firmware available for them to try out on last year’s best-selling Android handset.

The OmniROM 4.4 build for the Galaxy S3 is described as “highly functional” on the Galaxy S3 on the xda-developers blog, although it’s still a test build. In order to try it out, you should have a Galaxy S3 I9300 model, and check out the Source links below.

The Nexus 5 already runs a fully functional, official KitKat version, but if you want to try CyanogeMod 11 (based on KitKat) you can do so. The CM11 build for the Nexus 5 is an unofficial release, which is also available on the xda-developers forum.

That said, we’ll remind you that we’re not encouraging you to install custom ROMs on your devices, and we won’t be held responsible for whatever happens with your devices during such procedures.

In case you plan to try out either OmniROM 4.4 for the Galaxy S3 or the CM11 test firmware for the Nexus 5, make sure you back up everything and closely follow the instructions.

  • Shark Bait

    It amazes me how quick these teams work. Well done guys!

    • Xavier_NYC

      That’s why I only use CM. I love how they consistently put things out.

    • Nadeem Ansari

      Guys its better if you don’t install android 4.3 pre release or the test versions for GALAXY NOTE 2 GT-N7100 coz it won’t get rooted. The only way to revert back is here

    • panagiώtis

      they are not samsung. we pay samsung thats why they dont care to rush. those guys do it for free cause it is fun for them and they like what they doing . thats why they make quality roms

  • MasterMuffin

    Quick warning: on S3 video playback or taking video doesn’t work. If you have videos on your phone that you want to watch, download MX player and enable software decoding in setting and you can watcg videos on your phone. For videos in for example Youtube, you have to watch the video from desktop webpage and it’ll work

    • Stefan

      That sounds horrible.. Why would anyone that’s not a developer flash that?

      • MasterMuffin

        To have 4.4 :D I’d suggest unofficial CM11 builds, they currently have more features and work better

        • Stefan

          It just comes down to preferences I guess. I’d rather have a fully stable 100% functional phone rather than one with the newest features that has bugs. (and hey, those are just the bugs you know about.. There’s more to find!)

          I messed around with an unstable build once when I just had to have Google Now and it wasn’t very fun so I just stick with the stable builds these days.

          • MasterMuffin

            I understand that. Oh and one other bug just in case if you can’t resist trying Kit Kat: you have to disable word drawing from keyboard settings or it crashes if you accidentally slide your finger while typing. And there’s general app crashing like always!

          • Stefan

            Nice! Lol have fun with it, I’m definitely gonna wait.. I don’t think there’s really any killer features in kit kat to make it worth it at all honestly. Only thing I want is that transparent status bar and I think I can live without it for a couple months. I’m more than happy with CM 10.2 paired with the Google Experience Launcher for now.

          • MasterMuffin

            That sounds like a way smarter thing to do :)

  • cm11d3srp

    Xda has a cm11 ROM for s3 for sprint and Verizon. Experimental still but I am running it now w/o any issues. Some ppl got ART running on it w/o incident

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    Should they have tackled the Nexus 4’s Kit Kat ROM? I’m pretty sure nexus 5 has kit Kat already

  • hwapyungseo

    Doesnt Work… it just says installation aborted! HELP anyone!

    • hwapyungseo

      my email is accually

    • hwapyungseo

      my email is accually

    • Marcus Lauar

      Just instal the last clockworkmod recovery for your s3 and reinstal the rom!
      The best rom that i’ve seen in my s3!

  • Neil Coutinho

    Going to try this on my S3

  • Android Developer

    where exactly do you download the OmniRom for SGS3 ?
    Is it from here:

  • chubbivespa

    Cm 11 nightly on my Intl s3. Videocorder still not working despite latest updates :(