The CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4 KitKat) update that everyone has been waiting for is finally here; CM 11 nightlies for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are now available.
The ROM customization team, CyanogenMod, recently updated its nightly download page with CyanogenMod 11 builds for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 international LTE model, the Verizon model, T-Mobile model and Sprint model.
CyanogenMod released its source code for the Galaxy Note 3 in late December, which indicated that an official CM release could soon follow. Said release took approximately three weeks to hit, but in the meantime developers had fun with the source code, releasing unofficial CM 11-based ROMs for the Galaxy Note 3. Additionally, the CyanogenMod 11 M2 Snapshot was made available earlier this month, which did not include support for the Galaxy Note 3; however, the Note 3 should have advancing support in future updates.
Many users especially 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.
As always, users should exercise caution when installing custom firmware onto their devices, keeping in mind that their warranties may be avoided. Backing up your device is recommended.
You may download CyanogenMod 11 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 international LTE model here.
You may download CyanogenMod 11 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Verizon model here.
You may download CyanogenMod 11 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 T-Mobile model here.
You may download CyanogenMod 11 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Sprint model here.
The Gapps Zip file for Google Play Store and Google Services can be downloaded here.
Notably, the actual Android 4.4 KitKat update has officially begun for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with the SM-N9005 model in Poland now receiving the update. This model is the first Samsung device outside of the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition to receive Android 4.4. The OS will likely soon begin to roll out onto other international Galaxy Note 3 models. Most carrier-branded models probably will not receive Android 4.4 for many weeks or months, especially U.S. carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon.
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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.