A new custom ROM, dubbed CM11 Milestone 11, is now available to help users of the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE, with the model number GT-I9505, to update their devices to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The custom ROM, which is considered a stable build, brings more features in addition to the ones found on the official version of the firmware.
The CM11 Milestone 11 ROM includes several improvements, such as a bug fix related to “switch to last app” functionality in Recent view, APN updates for various regions, support for all available slow shutter speeds and various security updates.
The custom ROM for the Galaxy S4 LTE is not an official release by Samsung, so users need to root their device before flashing the firmware. The device is also required to have custom recovery such as ClockworkMod to flash the ROM zip.
Here are some aspects that users should know before flashing the ROM:
- Users must ensure proper back-up for personal data on the phone
- The handset should have at least 80 percent battery power
- USB drivers for the Galaxy S4 must be installed on the computer
- USB Debugging must be enabled on the phone
- The tutorial is only for the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505)
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Step 1: Download the Android 4.4.4 CM11 Milestone 11 ROM for the Galaxy S4 LTE on your computer. The file name is “cm-11-20141008-SNAPSHOT-M11-jflte.zip.”
Step 2: Download Google Apps on to the computer.
Step 3: Connect the Galaxy S4 LTE to the PC via USB cable and copy the ROM to the root folder of the handset’s SD card without extracting them.
Step 4: Disconnect the USB cable and switch off the phone.
Step 5: Get into Recovery Mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons simultaneously.
Step 6: In the ClockworkMod Recovery Mode, perform a factory reset by selecting “wipe data/factory reset.” Use the Power button to select options. Now, perform a cache wipe by selecting “wipe cache partition.”
Step 7: From CWM recovery, go to “Advanced” menu and then select “wipe dalvik cache.”
Step 8: Go back to the main recovery screen and select “install zip from sdcard” and then select “choose zip from sdcard.”
Step 9: Now, use the Volume keys to go to the Android 4.4.4 ROM zip file copied to the SD card and select it using the Power button.
Step 10: Repeat the previous step for the Google Apps and install it on the phone.
Step 11: After the installation is complete, press the “+++Go Back+++” button to go to the main recovery menu and select “reboot system now.”
[Source: True Android]