CyanogenMod releases Android 4.4 firmware for Galaxy S3, HTC One and others

CyanogenMod releases Android 4.4 firmware for Galaxy S3, HTC One and others

Summary: Want KitKat but your handset maker still hasn't delivered it? CM 11 could be the answer.

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Android device owners who want KitKat but are still waiting on their handset provider to deliver it need not wait any longer thanks to CyanogenMod's latest Android 4.4-based firmware.

A newly released build of its CyanogenMod (CM) 11.0, a custom ROM based on Android 4.4, brings the OS to a number of popular smartphones that are yet to get KitKat, including some Galaxy S3, Sony Experia Z and HTC One handsets.

CM 11 'nightly builds' now support more than 40 individual makes of smartphone. The latest release of CM 11 comes shortly a previous build that was limited to Nexus devices, notably providing KitKat to the Galaxy Nexus — the only Nexus device that Google won't be delivering Android 4.4 KitKat to. 

The CyanogenMod team has listed the codenames for supported devices here, which can be cross-referenced with individual smartphones in its wiki. The list isn't complete and it notes more devices will be added over time.

Android 4.4.1, the update Google released last week to improve the Nexus 5's camera among other things, is also being merged into the CM 11 code base and should begin appearing in its nightly builds soon.

CyanogenMod landed $7m in venture capital funding earlier this year and has been attempting to broaden its appeal, last month launching the CyanogenMod installer on Google Play. However, its time on the store was rather short-lived, with the Google Play team requesting it remove the app after just two weeks since it apparently encouraged users to void their warranty.

The installer is still available directly from the firm's website, but having it on Google Play would have exposed it to new users and provided an easier way for Android owners to get the firmware.

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Topics: Android, Mobility, Smartphones

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