CM11 ROM with Android 4.4 KitKat for Nexus S!

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For those of you who have been waiting for Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus S, your long wait is over as you can now get CM11 ROM which has the latest Android 4.4 KitKat.

With Android 4.4 KitKat, Nexus S should perform better than ever as it has been designed with lower-end devices in mind such as the Nexus S.  Although that is the goal, this CM11 ROM is still “beta”, meaning it isn’t yet stable nor recommended as daily driver.  Some of the major problems with this CM11 ROM (and any Android 4.4 custom ROM in general for Nexus S) is with lag in browser rendering and video replay.

Now that said, everything else is functional so you can try out the latest Android 4.4 KitKat features like SMS integrated into Hangouts, new Photo editor, Quick Office, and more.  If you don’t know what’s new with Android 4.4, check out our Top 10 Features List of Android 4.4 KitKat.

Overall, CM11 ROM is still incredibly smooth/fast for a beta ROM with bugs.  You can always make a backup ROM with CWM recovery and restore ROM when you are done checking it out so definitely give it a go this week(end) and do let me know what you think of latest KitKat.

Download:

Download CM11 ROM with Android 4.4 KitKat for Nexus S

Download Android 4.4 Gapps (DO NOT USE OLDER 4.3 Gapps you will FC!!!)

YOU HAVE TO USE CWM Recovery 6.0.4.3 or HIGHER otherwise you will fail during install and other problems will occur!!!  You can easily update to latest CWM Recovery by using ROM Manager from Play Store.

To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Gapps, and reboot.   (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop, reboot into recovery, go to Advanced Wipe for TWRP or Mounts & Storage for CWM, format/wipe /system, then re-install ROM.)

Note: CM11 does not have root enabled by default but you can easily enable it for adb & apps in Developer options.  If you do not know how to do this, see this video.

Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer of this ROM or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!

Extras:

Download Flash Player APK (if you want flash player use with Dolphin browser)

DownloadAndroid 4.3 PhotoSphere (if you want photosphere, but may force close so make a backup of your Gallery app using Titanium Backup app before installing!  )

If you want to run your apps in tablet/hybrid/custom DPI mode, see our Xposed App Settings guide.

If you want PIE Controls, see our LMT Pie Control guide.

If you want some awesome audio, check out Viper4Audio FX MOD, which you can install on this ROM to enhance your music 100%.

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46 Responses to CM11 ROM with Android 4.4 KitKat for Nexus S!

  1. Rudolf says:

    Txs for this beta version. Internet explorer had some black screens. Installed Mozilla and works great.
    Photosphere does not work with me. Is there a special instruction available (“not installed” because not accepted by google play…)?
    GApp works well. Do you have experience in OC NS processor with this app?
    Again, works very good for a beta…
    Best, Rolf

  2. Alex666 says:

    1 day after, and still run very good. fast then 4.3. Even after everything installed and running, Facebook, messenger, google+, hangouts :( , whatsapp, etc….
    We’ll see in a week if still very fast.
    Thanks.

  3. daniel says:

    Black screens in browsers (stock an next browser) or email clients after I turned on 16bit transparency appear only over the links in the moment I’ve tapped them.
    Waiting for the next releases.
    Thanks!

  4. hericure says:

    force close when using bluetooth file transfer, is there any aplication that i can use my bluetooth for sending some file…?? beside that, it works fine in my nexus s , thanks good job….

  5. Kumar says:

    Everything is fine!
    Few of the things which I faced:
    Webview problem
    Unable to disable touch tones
    Sluggish contacts app

    Other than that, it’s great. Using for 3 days!

  6. Shah says:

    I tried to install but action is failing. Help please

  7. Neethi krishnan.G says:

    Hi Friends,
    I’ve tried this Friday with 4.4. Such a amazing speed I’ve felt ever with nexus s . First greatness thanks to the developer team. please look in to the Earlier importance of hard ware. i.e .. volume keys awake screen such are missing otherwise Great , let Us see more developers.Every thing can solved, Great……

    • Prince Crazy says:

      hey… can i knw is this custom rom changes the orignal log on screen .. that nexus logo ?

      • Neethi krishnan.G says:

        my personal advice is before understanding rooting and rom install. please do not try. it leads to create stress about your phone.

  8. Neethi krishnan.G says:

    Hi Friends,
    I’ve tried this Friday with 4.4. Such a amazing speed I’ve felt ever with nexus s . First greatness thanks to the developer team. please look in to the Earlier importance of hard ware. i.e .. volume keys awake screen such are missing otherwise Great , let Us see more developers.Every thing can be solved, Great……

  9. GLENN LOPEZ says:

    I got hellybean 4.3 tried kitkat 4.4 but cannot install g-apps fails always cyanogenMod version Hellybean-20130913-crespo and kernel version 3.0.85 cyanogenMod-g2c4a193 derteufel1980@build1 #4 fri sep 13 10:52:41 BST 2013 CURRENT RECOVERY CLOCKWORKMod 6.0.4.3 any help be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  10. Prince Crazy says:

    hey can i know how to backup original rom in my phone before install this custom rom ?

  11. Jayson says:

    Hi …. im failed to install rom , im using TWR v2.6.3.0 to flash this rom , but still is fail . what should i do now ?

  12. Prince Crazy says:

    can u add a video how to do this ?

  13. bl says:

    Does this work for Nexus S 4G? Thanks!

  14. Shah says:

    I have installed it today after updating CMW plus I have speed issues. Slower than 4.1.2. Any help?

  15. Shah says:

    One more thing is after using one week 4.4 my battery is draining very fast like it does not even last 4 hours without using.. Any suggestions?

  16. Strider says:

    Does anyone have a guess of when there will be a stable android 4.4 ROM for the 4g version?

  17. swarop says:

    best rom (y)
    works very fast ..and good to use thanks

  18. Rikhil says:

    Using this as the daily driver on my girlfriends phone whose main usage is WhatsApp, email, chess, chrome and Facebook and this works like a charm.. No issues yet, into the third week of usage.

  19. Alex666 says:

    HI,

    After 1 month and little work with this rom.
    This ROM is impeccable, but the webview problem, a bit unnerved.
    I’ve tested many versions 4.4, 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 after this rom, but none have this speed and fluidity.
    So I looked up the origin of this ROM and checked if the author did some fixes bug’s.

    Here, http://d-h.st/users/noloukos?fld_id=28146 , is the last 22.11.2013,
    cm-11-20131122-UNOFFICIAL-crespo.zip where at least the problem of web view has been resolved.

    ;)
    Alex

  20. Neethi krishnan.G says:

    my dialer is sloggi. i go back to aokp 4.2.1. it may be use useful to users

  21. ellojamie says:

    When will this be out of beta, I need this updae to speed up my phone, but don’t want to get the beta and have to do everything again with the released version

  22. Alex666 says:

    HI,

    After 1 month and little work with this rom.
    This ROM is impeccable, but the webview problem, a bit unnerved.
    I’ve tested many versions 4.4, 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 after this rom, but none have this speed and fluidity.
    So I looked up the origin of this ROM and checked if the author did some fixes bug’s.

    Here, ************ , is the last 22.11.2013,
    cm-11-20131122-UNOFFICIAL-crespo.zip
    where at least the problem of web view has been resolved.

    ;)
    Alex

  23. shashank says:

    Hi , I am not able to install kitkat on my nexus s for one reason . I am not able to install 6.0.4.3 from ROM Manage , it gives out an error. I cant find a zip file of cwm 6.0.4.3 on the internet . It would be great if anyone can forward me a link for cmw 6.0.4.3 zip file. I can then flash it manually . thanks

  24. Muhammad Rashid amin says:

    Hi dear
    this ROM is still beta since Nov, 2013. When will be final version released. After couple of months still no update.

  25. Hung Tran says:

    It’s really works. Tks! But i founded st, when itry to delete messaging on sim card, it always crash and out. Check pls. Rgds

  26. none says:

    what about nexus s 4g?

  27. psych says:

    Browser problem could be solved by dolphin or something but it remains in apps like feedly..and instagram news section. Statue bar was better in hellybean.
    Generaly It has some annoying problems that needs to be taken care of …such a shame cause its a fast rom with nice UI

  28. m4dj says:

    Im using slimrom – slimkat. I have also tried cm11, but I found slimkat much better and its so fast. Work’s perfectly on nexus s.

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