A spate of Android Jelly Bean devices can now enjoy the latest Android 4.4 KitKat experience, thanks to the release of OmniROM by popular Android developers XpLoDWilD, Chainfire and Dees_Troy. As the developers note, OmniROM is innovative, offers freedom, transparency and community and has new features.
OmniROM is a result of unified efforts put forth by the entire Android community including users, developers, testers and contributors with a free-to-all open source code policy. It is reportedly the first ROM to offer actual multi-window support and simultaneous firmware ports to 19 Android devices and still counting.
The OmniROM is expected to provide improved stability and performance with a slick and bloatware-free interface, optimised memory usage and extended battery-life. Some of the new features ported into this ROM include DSP Manager Enhancements, Active Display and Non-Intrusive Call Notification, besides many more enhancements.
The complete list of officially supported devices for installing OmniROM is as follows: Oppo Find 5, Oppo N1, Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013, Galaxy S2 I900G, Galaxy S2 I777, Galaxy Note 2 GSM, Galaxy Note 2 T-Mobile, Galaxy Note 2 AT&T, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S3 4G + LTE, HTC One GSM, HTC One AT&T, Galaxy Note & Nexus 7 GSM.
- Ensure your device is listed in the supported devices section above. Verify the device model number by going to Settings > About Phone/Tablet.
- Verify that the device is rooted with ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP Recovery installed.
- Make sure that Android SDK is setup for your device.
- 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.
- 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.
- Verify the phone has at least 80% battery charge to prevent unexpected device shutdown (due to battery drain) while installing the ROM.
- 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.
How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat on 19 Android Devices via OmniROM
Step-1: Connect your device to computer via USB cable
Step-2: Copy the ROM zip and Google Apps zip files to your device's SD card or internal storage in a separate folder.
Step-3: Launch a new Command (CMD) window and enter the following command to boot into recovery mode: adb reboot recovery
Alternatively, you can manually boot the device into recovery by pressing and holding designated keys (for most Galaxy devices it will be Volume Up, Home and Power keys).
Step-4: Once the device boots into recovery mode, perform Wipe Data/Factory reset. After the wiping process completes, perform Wipe Cache partition.
Step-5: After this is done, go to advanced option and perform Wipe Dalvik Cache. NOTE: Ensure that you have backed up all your important data before wiping the internal storage else you will lose all your data.
Step-6: Flash the ROM zip file followed by GApps package.
Step-7: Finally, hit Reboot System Now and let the device restart.
Your device is now running the latest Android 4.4 KitKat update via OmniROM. Go to Settings > About phone to verify the firmware installed.
[Source: Droid Views]