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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 Android 4.4 Gapps (DO NOT USE OLDER 4.3 Gapps you will FC!!!)
YOU HAVE TO USE CWM Recovery 188.8.131.52 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!
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%.Need Help? Follow/add me on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter!
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