Several devices are receiving the CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM (Android 4.4 KitKat), including some that would otherwise be deemed too old to run the newest Android system. More than 30 smartphone and tablet models are updating to the latest CyanogenMod 11 nightlies or are receiving them for the first time.
CyanogenMod 11, which is based on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, appears to be going through development quickly. The Custom ROM team CyanogenMod released the CM 11 M2 Snapshot in January for 65 device models, while the first CM 11 nightlies when out in December.
Many users prefer custom ROMs like CyanogenMod because they strip away the user interfaces added by device manufacturers and add other exclusive features, which you wouldn’t find on stock Android or OEM firmware.
But some of the devices receiving this round of CyanogenMod 11 are actually running stock Android firmware. The Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition, for example, is receiving a CM11 test build, which may not be as stable as regular nightly builds. Nightly builds themselves are not known for optimal stability.
Other Sony devices receiving CyanogenMod 11 nightlies include the Sony Xperia Z1 and the original Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which are getting standard nightlies. The Sony Xperia Z1 is one of the most recently released devices now receiving CM11 support. Users should keep in mind that the CM11 firmware for the Sony Xperia Z1 will not work with the T-Mobile variant Sony Xperia Z1s since the model sells with a locked bootloader.
Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is also receiving its first round of CyanogenMod support. The device, which released in early 2011, has been out of the standard update roster for some time, much like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which released in the same year. Upon the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google announced that the Galaxy Nexus would not receive stock support, citing incompatibility with a certain chip that is no longer manufactured. CyanogenMod had been supporting the Galaxy Nexus with its CM11 custom ROM since development began. The skyrocket, i9100g, and international models of the Galaxy S2 are supported by CM11.
Another older device now receiving CyanogenMod 11 support is the 2012 Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The Galaxy Note 2 is also approaching the end of its update cycle. It is currently unknown whether the Note 2 will receive official Android 4.4 KitKat support.
Below find a detailed list of devices receiving the current CyanogenMod 11 nightlies. For a complete list, go to the CyanogenMod download page. The Gapps Zip file for Google Play Store and Google Services can be downloaded here.
ASUS Transformer Pad (tf300t)
ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (tf700t)
Google Nexus S (crespo)
HTC Droid DNA (dlx)
HC One S (ville)
HTC One X (endeavoru)
HTC One X+ (enrc2b)
HTC One XL (evita)
LG G-Pad (v500)
LG Spectrum (vs920)
Motorola Droid Bionic (targa)
Motorola Droid Razr (spyder)
Motorola Razr (utms_spyder)
Samsung Captivated (camptivatedmtd)
Samsung Epic 4G (epicmtd)
Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate (exhilarate)
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (t0lte)
Samsung Galaxy Premier (superior)
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (International)
Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (t769)
Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G (apexqtmo)
Sony Xperia V (tsubasa)
Sony Xperia ZR (dogo)
Sony Xperia Z (yuga)
Sony Xperia Z1 (honami)
Xperia Z Ultra GooglePlay Edition (togari_gpe)
Sony Xperia Z Ultra (togari)
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.