Android 4.4.4 CyanogenMod 11 M8 Stable ROM Available for Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005

CyanogenMod team has just rolled out the most stable M8 build of CyanogenMod 11 ROM with Android 4.4.4 KitKat update for a bunch of devices including Galaxy Note 3 LTE (N9005), as Samsung is unlikely to release the latest stock Android 4.4.4 update anytime soon.

The CM11 M8 ROM brings tons of new features and bug-fixes over the last nightly release, dated 29 July.

CyanogenMod is an aftermarket firmware based on original Android Open Source Project (AOSP) which is designed to increase overall system performance and reliability over Android-based ROMs released by local vendors and carriers such as Google, Samsung, T-Mobile, HTC, etc.

Interested users can follow our step-by-step guide to install the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat update via CyanogenMod 11 M8 build on the Galaxy Note 3 LTE.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to device during or after firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.

Pre-requisites

  • The CyanogenMod 11 M8 build and the instructions given in this guide are meant for the Galaxy Note 3 LTE (N9005) model only. Verify device model number by navigating to Settings > About Phone.
  • Back up data and settings using a recommended custom recovery tool, like ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP, as it creates a complete image of the existing phone setup. In Recovery, choose Backup and Restore and tap Backup.
  • Verify correct USB drivers for the phone are installed on the computer (download Galaxy Note 3 LTE USB drivers).
  • Ensure USB debugging mode is enabled on the phone, by navigating to Settings > Developer Options (NOTE: Tap the phone's Build Number seven times to unlock or reveal the hidden Developer Options under Settings.) Then select the checkbox to enable USB debugging mode under Settings > Developer Options.
  • Make sure the phone has at least 80% battery charge to prevent unexpected device shutdown (due to battery drain) while installing the ROM.
  • Ensure the device is unlocked (not locked to a specific carrier) and rooted with latest ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery (v6.0.4.5 or higher) installed. If you are installing the CWM recovery for the first time, check out the video tutorial below, courtesy of The Android Soul:

  • If the device is stuck at booting or experiencing boot loop issues, perform Wipe Cache Partition and Wipe Dalvik Cache a few more times before rebooting.
  • Allow newly installed ROM to stabilise for five minutes before you start working on it.

Downloads Required

Android 4.4.4 CyanogenMod 11 M8 ROM (dated 8-07-2014)

Google Apps (KitKat Compatible)

CWM Recovery Advanced Edition (Philz_Touch recovery)

TWRP Recovery

Steps to Install Android 4.4.4 KitKat on Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005 with CyanogenMod 11 M8 ROM

Step-1: Download Android 4.4.4 KitKat CM11 ROM for Galaxy Note 3 N9005 to computer

Step-2: Download Google Apps package

Step-3: Connect the Galaxy Note 3 LTE to computer via USB cable. Without extracting, copy the downloaded firmware zip and Google Apps zip files to the root folder of the phone's SD card.

The CM11 M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat ROM can be installed on the Galaxy Note 3 LTE using either CWM or TWRP recovery. Follow any method based on the recovery mode installed on your device.

How to Install Android 4.4.4 KitKat on Galaxy Note 3 LTE via ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery

  • Power off the phone and wait for 5 to 10 seconds until the device shuts down completely.
  • Now press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together, until the Galaxy Note 3 logo appears on screen.
  • Then release all three buttons at the same time to boot into recovery mode. NOTE: In recovery mode, use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the desired option.
  • Perform Wipe data/Factory reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress) and choose Yes on next screen to confirm the action.
  • Return to CWM recovery main menu and select Mounts and StorageFormat System and click Yes on next screen to confirm.
  • From the main menu of CWM recovery, go to Advanced and choose Wipe Dalvik Cache. Then hit Yes on next screen to confirm.
  • Select Install Zip from sdcard and then click Choose zip from sdcard. Browse to the location of the CM11 M8 firmware file (cm-11-20140708-SNAPSHOT-M8-hlte.zip) which you copied earlier to your phone's SD card. Choose Yes on next screen to confirm the firmware installation.
  • Repeat the previous step to install Google Apps as well.
  • Once Google Apps is also installed, select "+++++Go Back+++++" and reboot the phone by tapping reboot system now from the recovery menu. Your Galaxy Note 3 LTE will restart and it may take about five minutes for first boot. So, do not interrupt the process.

Your Galaxy Note 3 (LTE) N9005 is now running on Android 4.4.4 KitKat via CyanogenMod 11 M8 build. Go to Settings > About Phone to verify the firmware installed.

How to Install Android 4.4.4 KitKat on Galaxy Note 3 LTE via TWRP Recovery

  • Power off the phone and wait for 5 to 10 seconds until the device shuts down completely.
  • Now press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together, until the Galaxy Note 3 logo appears on screen.
  • Then release all three buttons at the same time to boot into recovery mode. NOTE: In recovery mode, use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the desired option.
  • Perform Wipe data/Factory reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). To do so, tap on Wipe and scroll down to the bottom of the screen and do a Swipe on "Swipe to factory reset" option.
  • Now perform a System format by selecting Wipe > Advanced Wipe and then tap on System option. Scroll to the bottom of screen and do a swipe on "Swipe to Wipe" option.
  • Tap on install and navigate to the CM11 M8 ROM zip file you copied earlier to your phone's SD card. Scroll to the bottom of screen and swipe on "Swipe to confirm flash" option to begin installing the firmware.
  • Repeat the previous step to flash Google apps as well.
  • Once Google Apps is also installed, select reboot and then tap on System to reboot your phone. Your Galaxy Note 3 LTE will restart and it may take about five minutes for first boot. So, do not interrupt the process.

Your Galaxy Note 3 N9005 is now running on Android 4.4.4 KitKat via CyanogenMod 11 M8 ROM. Go to Settings > About Phone to verify the firmware installed.

NOTE:  If the device is stuck at Samsung logo or entering bootloop, just perform factory reset once again and the issue will be resolved.

[Source: Team Android]