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Samsung Galaxy S4 Gets KitKat Via CyanogenMod 11 Alpha

A leaked internal document detailing Samsung’s Android 4.4  update plans shows that the Galaxy S4 will get the KitKat upgrade this coming January. Those who can’t wait may want to try out the latest CyanogenMod build that brings KitKat to the device.

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CyanogenMod 11 Alpha for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is now available for download. Since this is still an Alpha release there are bugs present that makes it unsuitable for daily use.

Some of the known bugs include

  • Device has a problem connecting to internal and external storage
  • Rotation is not working
  • Images doesn’t display in gallery app
  • No haptic feedback
  • Low mic volume
  • Sound base weird noise
  • Touch buttons back and options wake the device up
  • Voice recorder doesn’t work
  • Apps have problems with storage
  • No video recording
  • some other bugs

This build is recommended for those who are curious as to what KitKat looks like on the S4. If you plan to help the CyanogenMod team discover bugs then you will also want to install this on your device.

How to install CyanogenMod 11 Alpha on the Samsung Galaxy S4 (recommended for advanced Android users)

Reminder: Be sure to make a backup of your important data first before proceeding.

Switching to CyanogenMod 11.0 from another ROM

  • Make sure you’re running a proper working CWM Recovery.
  • Download Gapps and the CM 11.0 zip on to your phone.
  • Boot into recovery
  • Flash the CM 11.0 zip from your SD card.
  • Flash the Gapps zip from your SD card.
  • Wipe data/factory reset (Extremely necessary)
  • Reboot to system.
  • Never restore system data using Titanium Backup.

Upgrading from an earlier version of CyanogenMod 11.0

  • Download the updated CM 11.0 zip on to your phone.
  • Boot into recovery
  • Flash the update from your SD card.
  • Reboot to system.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Technical Specifications

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; quad-band 3G with HSPA; LTE
  • 5″ 16M-color 1080p Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI
  • Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset/ Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7, PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU; Exynos 5410 chipset
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 16GB/32/64GB of built-in storage
  • microSD card slot
  • microUSB port with USB host and MHL 2.0
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • NFC
  • IR port for remote control functionality
  • 2600 mAh battery

via xda-developers