Samsung Galaxy S3 and Nexus 5 owners looking for a greater Android experience might have already heard about custom ROMs, and while there are hundreds of ROMs out there, there are only a few options that deliver a fully functional and stable experience. Galaxy S3 and Nexus 5 owners currently looking for a custom ROM should definitely check out CyanogenMod 11 and OmniROM, respectively. Both of these ROMs deliver a fast and responsive near to stock Android 4.4 KitKat experience.
The Nexus 5 already ships running Android 4.4 out of the box, but some users feel like there is still something missing in the stock Android experience. CyanogenMod 11 was created to give users an enhancement over stock, without changing too much from the original KitKat experience. If you want to try out CyanogenMod 11 then head over to the official XDA thread here. Even if the ROM is an unofficial release, no major bugs have been reported yet.
CyanogenMod 11 is also available for several other devices, here are the links to the downloads and instructions for each device.
The official Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 OTA update released by Samsung is not going as smooth as expected, but there is nothing to worry about. If you were affected by the update’s bugs and would like to give Android 4.4 KitKat a try, you should check out the OmniROM custom build of Android 4.4. This custom ROM has been described as ‘highly functional’ on the XDA forums. Note that this ROM is only available for the GT-I9300 model of the Galaxy S3 and that the build, while really stable, is still a test firmware, and bugs may appear at any time (but we doubt they will be any worse than those found on the Samsung official Android 4.3 update).
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