Android 4.4 KitKat is here already, but it is officially available only for the new Google Nexus 5. This means that other smartphones will not be able to get the latest build just yet. But fortunately for custome ROM users, there are so many different options. A few of the major custom ROM development teams have finally announced their schedules and plans for their version of Android 4.4.
AOKP fans will be happy to know that half of the team is working on Android 4.3 and the other half is working on Android 4.4 exclusively to build a “clean” copy of the ROM around Android 4.4. This means that the first AOKP Android 4.4 ROM will be a pure AOSP ROM and then the team will start adding AOKP features to it eve
The team has stated that the nightlies build of the AOKP KitKat build will appear soon. There is no definite date yet, so the “soon” could mean virtually anything.
We already know that the CyanogenMod team has started working on the latest Android build, which is the KitKat. The team already has an open repo on Github for the new CM 11. But there is no news on the release date or the devices that will be supported by CM11. However, there is some news on this.
The source code for Android 4.4 began its release on October 31st (yay Halloween!). From there, it took us roughly 4 days to get the code whipped up into shape and pushed up to our Github repository, with a manifest to match. […] This milestone also kicked off the bulk of the device bring-up efforts, and we are already seeing good results. Just to showcase a few: Xperia T, HTC One, S4 Mini, Galaxy Tab, Nexus 10, Skyrocket and many more (yes, including the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (12/13) and Nexus 5).
Furthermore, the team said that “just because KitKat is touted as being better for lower RAM devices, doesn’t mean [they’ll] be bringing back support for devices that [they’ve] dropped in the past.” The nightlies of the CM11 build are expected by the end of this month.
OmniROM is a fairly new player in the custom ROMs market, and it already has plans for Android 4.4 KitKat. The team actually already has its experimental builds for Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, LG Optimus G, Galaxy S2, Oppo Find 5, Xperia T. Many more devices are said to be supported in the near future.
The team has a list of some of the features that will be supported in its KitKat build:
- Our universal, open source Omni Installer (which actually already works with a couple devices)
- A lightweight, and fully open and secure, OTA system
- More customization… Than what you ever could think of
- Never-before-seen security features (deniable PIN, NFC challenge unlock, different encrypted locations…)
- OmniLink, an open interface for multiple backend providers of various services (it’s cooler than it sounds)
- More (useful) audio filters in DSP Manager to enhance your audio experience
- Roadrunner mode
- Non-intrusive call notification
- Stock SMS app enhancements
- Stock Dialer app enhancements
- Daydream enhancements
Paranoid Android is a very well-known name in the world of Android custom ROMs. The team has already released its first build of the AOSP Android 4.4 ROM. This is also a pure AOSP build and the team will start adding features to this build.
There is no release date for the updated ROM yet, but we can expect it to be out very soon. Also, the team says that it will try to keep the experience as close to the stock Android experience as possible.
Source: Android Authority