Those interested in the CyanogenMod 11 iteration of Android 4.4 KitKat for their Samsung Galaxy S4 can now get in on the ground floor as an alpha build of the custom ROM is now available for download.
CyanogenMod announced in early November that it had begun work on CM 11 based on Android 4.4; however, nothing official has come from the custom ROM team as yet.
This first release of the CyanogenMod 11 for the Samsung Galaxy S4 (i9500 model) is in its earliest stages, to where build remains unofficial and intended for those interested in helping CyanogenMod work out the kinks in the build before rolling out more stable releases.
At this point it is recommended that only those extremely comfortable with custom ROMs work with this build as the bugs are many, and are listed below.
Device has a problem connecting to internal and external storage
Rotation is not working (sometimes)
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
However, those currently using the CM 11 alpha report that the ART runtime is running well and actually improves performance of the custom ROM.
Since its last announcement, there has been no word on CyanogenMod 11 development officially from CyanogenMod. The CM 11 alpha build for the Galaxy S4 is being offered though the XDA Developer’s Forum. CyanogenMod is sure to update on its progress once major breakthroughs are available. Remember, hounding the CM team about release information is not recommended.
Meanwhile, those willing to brave the bugs can test out the CM 11 alpha build for the Galaxy S4 and report any issues to developers. As always, users should also take caution when installing custom firmware onto their devices, keeping in mind that their warranties may be avoided. Backing up your device is recommended.
Head over to XDA Developer’s Forum for downloads and Gapps files.
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