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Usually the boys in Cyan take a pretty good while to get nightly custom ROM builds of a new version of Android out, but for KitKat 4.4, they've outdone themselves. Tonight the first builds for CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4) were posted to Get.CM for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, both 2012 and 2013 models of the Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10. You can download them right now.


But wait a minute - these are decidedly not nightly builds, as would usually be the case. As the CyanogenMod team explains in an official blog post, these are M snapshot builds. If you'll recall, CM's M snapshot builds are a step above nightlies in terms of reliability, but not quite as good as a release candidate. In short they're reliable "daily driver" ROMs for experienced users. That's why these M builds are being released exclusively to Nexus devices: with official support in AOSP code, it's easy for the team to make reliable and relatively bug-free (though not necessarily feature-complete) builds available. In fact, they're already working on Android 4.4.1.

Nightly builds for Nexus and other devices, including the somewhat underserved Galaxy Nexus, should be coming soon. In a previous post the CM team said that they would be ready by the end of November. If you're happy with the official 4.4 builds from Google, you might want to stick to them for the moment. But if you're rooted, have a custom recovery handy (CM recommends ClockworkMod), and a sense of adventure, the download page is below. The official Gapps page has already been updated.

Source: CyanogenMod blog, Get.CM Downloads

Michael Crider
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  • Franco Rossel

    It's flashing time!

  • Law


    • Frederico Silva

      Full wipe obviously, you're switching between android versions.

    • Kevin Mirsky

      ciwrl from Cyanogenmod said you don't need to wipe, just need to reinstall Gapps. http://www.cyanogenmod.org/blog/cm-11-0-m1-nexus-edition#comment-1152385030

    • law

      I DIRTY FLASHED IT, EVERYTHING IS WORKING FINE, EVEN VOLUME BUTTON TO WAKE IS THERE even though there is no option to activate it.

      my power button is a bit loose.

      • Daniel McKenzie J.

        Once downloaded do you wipe before installing or after? Won't wiping delete the downloaded file? I downloaded via get.cm from the nexus and the download is in 'Downloads'.

        • Nenad Kalabic

          Wiping doesn't delete your personal data, just the rom data.

          • Björn Lundén

            Uhm, it's the other way around. Wiping formats /cache and clears /data (except /data/media usually on devices without sdcards) while leaving /system intact.

      • anon_fool

        this just in.... dirty flashing makes power buttons loose!!!111!!

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    That's nice! I guess my S3 will get KitKat before the date planned by Samsung =)

    • ksavai

      Thats always the case for non nexus phone

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Not really. Look at the HTC One =)

        • ksavai

          grass is always green on other side :)

    • http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=1356962 ThilinaC

      Try the unofficial builds by Temask if you own i9300.Works fine as a daily driver for me,been using for around 2-3 weeks now.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Nah, I'm fine. I don't think it's worth the risk, I mean, I can wait for Kitkat. I was crazy to get 4.2 because of things like lockscreen widgets and daydream, but Kitkat? Nothing so game-changing is in there for me to rush.

        • Phil Oakley

          Most of the new stuff in KitKat or on the Nexus 5 can be installed running 4.3 (GEL, Hangouts etc). But the big thing is the transparent nav and notification bars. And the new APIs, of which there's lots.

          Also, do you actually use Daydream?

          • http://www.prosoftstudio.com/ Brandon Enriquez

            That's what I am doing. Until some of the issues I have with Hangouts gets resolved for SMS, I still use the stock SMS app on CM 10.2.0. I use GEL though and it is nice.

          • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

            Yeah, I love it! I use dashclock with it, even though I prefer cLock for the lockscreen =)

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

    There are better AOSP roms out there for Nexus devices.

    • Franco Rossel


    • David Marion

      As the downvotes suggest, that's an opinionated comment.

    • guest

      Its a nexus device. Why they ever deviated so far from AOSP is beyond me.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        I don't know, maybe because the ROMs offer unique things. Such as multiwindow or ParanoidAndroid's halo feature.

    • Dissidence



    "gave a custom recovery handy" that's a little old fashioned, will my phone give me cab fair after?

    • Dissidence

      No, but if you have Wallet installed, it just may give you a cab *fare*

      • USSENTERNCC1701E

        Fare enough

  • Daniel McKenzie J.

    Yes!!!! officially excited.

  • Juve

    Is there going to be Kitkat for the Droid Bionic?

  • squiddy20

    Meanwhile, there's quite a few bugs in 10.2 "Stable" for toro/toroplus, including data not coming back after airplane mode has been toggled or after numerous 3G/4G switches, among others.

    • http://www.prosoftstudio.com/ Brandon Enriquez

      Agreed, I have the same issue with my Galaxy S3 (d2spr). I have to toggle Airplane Mode to get it back.

      • squiddy20

        Then you have a different bug. In my instance (and according to a few other toro/toroplus users), toggling airplane mode (on and then back off) is what causes data to shut off permanently, until a reboot that is.

  • thartist

    It kind of annoys me, the irony about how the that get CM builds first are the ones that least need it.

    • Daniel Smith

      Because it's easier to make CM builds for Nexus devices due to their AOSP status and that if your device has the same version as the latest CM builds, it makes using the drivers much easier.

    • Guest

      It kind of annoys me that people buy phones with locked and encrypted boot loaders and cry when they don't get Nexus level dev support.

      • thartist

        Not the point. You know what i meant.

  • Aleksey_US

    I'll keep Stock on my N5 untill release candidates for CM and AOKP.

  • Kaustubh Ghanekar

    Man... Just moved to 10.2... hoping for CM11 stable arrival soon...

  • Ashutos Don Jain

    even nexus s got cm11 just now,,,no cm11 for gnex though

    • David Marion

      If you wait patiently, it'll be up shortly. They go in alphabetical order (for nightly releases.) maguro already has it, and toro and toroplus are coming next on the alphabetical list. Those should be out very shortly.

  • Zodiak

    Update your Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.4 right here!!!! http://goo.gl/ZsPkli

  • Adrian

    Good job guys :)

  • Alroy Fernandez

    I guess 'M' stands for 'Milestone builds'