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Typically Christmas day is a slow one for technology news, but apparently the good folks at the Android Open Kang Project have dragged their coding machines in front of the open fire. Today AOKP has posted the first nightly builds of Android 4.4.2, granting deliciously fresh custom ROMs to all the good little girls and boys. And all the bad ones too, I suppose.

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The list of initially-supported devices doesn't cover AOKP's official support list yet, but it covers most of the major Nexus devices, Samsung's Galaxy SIII and S4 American and international incarnations, all five major versions of the HTC One, and a handful of Sony devices (because they tend to be pretty open as far as bootloaders and modifications go). Here's the full list, which will probably be expanded over the coming weeks:

  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 10
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Galaxy Nexus [ed. note: both Verizon and GSM models]
  • Galaxy S 3 (Verizon, ATT, T-Mo, USC)
  • Galaxy S 4 (Verizon, Sprint, T-Mo, USC)Galaxy Note 2 (ATT, T-Mo, LTE-Intl.)
  • HTC One (ATT, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mo, Intl.)
  • Xperia Z, ZL
  • Xperia T
  • Xperia V

Nightly builds are generally for the adventurous anyway, but the AOKP announcement unequivocally suggests a full data wipe from any ROM, including AOKP ROMs, though some of the latter Jelly Bean 4.3 builds might be OK. Also note that the somewhat confusing nomenclature of previous AOKP releases has been dropped - this is simply "AOKP KitKat" in its nightly form.

For all devices above, you should be able to download and flash the latest nightly build from a custom recovery with no trouble, though a Nandroid backup is always recommended. Gapps package for the Google Play Store and other Google proprietary apps can be found on the ROM download pages.

Source: AOKP Blog

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Again, where is the support for the Note 3?

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      Where? Well, you see, every time an entitled gimmegimmegimme cry is heard, the ETA gets pushed another day by the devs actually doing the work.

      • cabbiebot

        preach. wish these types would just go away.

      • Mado

        Heck, at least he should ask for ETA for the right devices. I can understand if people ask for ETA for 'open' Nexus devices (not 'all' Nexus devices, because Verizon). But newer Samsungs? The whole 'Knox' thing is hard enough for developers.

        I think the only reason devs put ROMs for Samsungs is because of the sheer popularity of them. If they are not popular, I don't think any devs want to bother with Sammy.

        • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

          KNOX is a non-issue for custom ROMs.

          The only time KNOX comes into play is when the flag has been tripped and you're unlucky when it comes to an insurance/warranty claim, or, if you want to resell your phone and there's a 0.01% chance the new buyer needs to have the KNOX flag untripped for the enterprise security features of KNOX to work.

          • jesuguru

            In my experience (Chinese Note 2 w/locked custom bootloader), Knox makes rooting/flashing *much* harder than it needs to be for the non-geek. Still doable though with some trickery.

    • Golden Eagle

      Could try donating a device to the team for development or have the funds for it donated on their website via paypal ;)

    • bprichard

      Don't buy a phone from a manufacturer that's hostile to ROM flashing if that's a feature you want.

  • Paulo Cesar Medeiros

    how about the Galaxy S4 GT-i9505 ?

  • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

    Xperia Z Ultra?

    • Arnav Gupta

      expect that VERY soon.
      save a couple things mostly everything is working

      • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

        found your xda profile, thanks, i'm glad someone working on ZU as this device is a beast, but hardly have any attention.

        • telco

          ranks 3rd against note 3,and LG G2

        • telco

          XZU ranks 3rd against note 3 and LG G2

  • muffnman

    I'd be amazed if there were no glitches with the Verizon G-Nex

    • Candaman

      The graphical glitches have been fixed for weeks on other ROMs, so I don't see why AOKP would have a problem

      • muffnman

        That's news to me. I stand corrected and will flash today. Thanks!

    • Simon Belmont

      I have a GSM G'Nex and the Android 4.4.2 builds of late, have been great. Smooth, fast, use less RAM.

      It makes me glad that I still have my G'Nex as a backup phone (my Nexus 5 is my daily driver now). It still has great support.

  • Ayysir_PA

    meh, they phased out now

    • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

      It's actually quite interesting how you manage to bash other ROMs out there like CM and AOKP but then go on to promote your own ROM on the same account.

      Keepin' it real classy.

      • Paulo Cesar Medeiros


      • Diicotomus

        ?? he said noice though

        • Mado

          Must have been edited. Even the name is now 'Guest'.

  • cyanman

    also codename android is back.

  • cabbiebot

    might try aokp for the first time ever. my stock rooted n5 is ready

  • Dairox

    Also Paranoid Android released theirs yesterday https://plus.google.com/+ParanoidAndroidCorner/posts/7sfD8bxuFKP

    • Roh_Mish

      Still on the 4.3 3.99 build as I can't let go the halo and the PA color density settings

    • Deeco

      Not really PA is it without Hybrid?

    • RTWright

      I had to stop using PA since he dropped CDMA support. PacMan ROM has the same features from PA, but it constantly gave me issues so I had to stop using it as well. I'm currently using CM11 4.4.2 Nightlies and have been for a while now.

      • Joris Griffioen

        PAC type roms are awesome in theory and feature list. I've never seen an actual stable one though. Too much duct-tape I guess..

  • Matrix

    Still waiting for AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3(d2att) nightly to drop, though nightlies for T-Mobile and Verizon is available.

    • hackinc2000

      Another one here, waiting for the same nightly to drop!!! This news makes my Christmas even better!!!

  • Aaron Honeycutt

    This is also the first release from the m7vzw HTC One (Verizon)

  • Arnav Gupta

    A correction : If you are on an unofficial AOKP build of kitkat built after Dec 10, you make take your chances but you are on your own

    to be noted, not a recent *4.3*, but rather any recent unofficial *kitkat* build only.

  • uunnzz

    For the love of all things Android please remove that old obsolete browser and other obsolete gapps! Please... no more... I want a clean ROM without any old garbage... we don't need to support Flash anymore... it's dead...

    • Arnav Gupta

      the "old obsolete" browser is not old obsolete anymore. it runs chromium engine under the hood, and does NOT support flash from Android 4.4

    • RTWright

      You might want to read between the lines a few times more, 4.4 doesn't have Flash nor does it have the old browser..... Don't even know where you got that it did....

    • Karlo

      It depends.Some people need flash.And thats why we have Android.

  • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

    LOL to those who use 2010 devices and whine about not getting Android 4.4.2!
    It's like owning a Hindenburg and complaining about why it won't get Mach 3 jet engines. FFS.

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

    Finally some unbiased custom rom news worthy of reading.

  • Dheeraj Chowdary Nekkanti

    Avaiable for various Nexus and Galaxy? Hell yes for Galaxy Nexus! :D

  • German Leon Azzi

    International HOX, endeavoru, finally get a 4.4.2 preview on Christmas Eve!

  • Roberto Stefanini

    AOKP not working on s4 intl makes me a saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad panda :'-(

  • yash1229

    You guys have mentioned the international SGS4(which I am assuming is the i9500) but, I cannot find it on the AOKP website. Is it an error on your part or theirs? :)

  • Dangleesak79

    No thanks. I like my rom to be stable. Nightlys aren't for me. I really love AOKP but I stopped using them ages ago because even their, "stable" builds were really buggy.

  • Aleksey_US

    One big question for me is can I use Google Launcher with AOKP on my N5?

  • ThatGuyzx

    AOKP once was my go to for being full features and stable. Ever since 4.3 and 4.4, when their official updates silenced, it's been SlimRom. I still love the team for the work they brought to the community though.

  • BS4501first

    If only my ZL didn't have an unlockable bootloader...

    • Jejdjx

      *non-unlockable you mean

  • sam

    just updated and its great but just wondering will the aokp setting come back there are a ton missing (ex. no more right side toggle...)

  • sam

    also is everyones calendar not working?

  • The_Chlero

    Which one is better/more stable for daily use? CyanogenMod or AOKP?

  • Deeco

    This or wait for PA?

  • Ehabe

    it can suit S4 Zoom ?! with the zoom camera & the Xenon flash ?!

  • aKingKOng

    If i download Custom version 4.4.2 kitkat for Samsung galaxy tap2 can i still use the apps, Play store? or i need special
    thing to download the Play Store?...