Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE uses can now update to Android 4.4.4 KitKat through the official CyanogenMod 11 M9 Snapshot custom ROM. More importantly, Galaxy S4 users can also choose to install the Android 4.4.4 firmware through the ACIP download.
As the name implies, the CM11 M9 ROM came from the CM team. It is based on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat stock firmware offering a range of CyanogenMod features. According to Android Geeks, the update promises an enhanced KitKat experience eliminating the bloatware from the TouchWiz interface.
Prior to installation, users should be reminded of the following:
-The tutorial should be used for LTE versions only. The CM team has already combined LTE devices into one 'jflte' release. The following models have been included in the update: jfltetmo, jflteusc, flteatt, jfltecan, jfltevzw, jfltexx, jfltecsp and jfltespr.
-The device should be rooted and installed with TWRP or CWM Recovery.
-Users should satisfy two extra steps to prepare their units for ROM installation: Factory Reseat and NANDROID Backup.
-Device should have at least 50% battery charge.
Disclaimer: Providers of the update cannot be held responsible for what happens to the device following upgrade. Users can update at their own risk.
1. Download the ROM.
2. Download the Android 4.4.x ROMs Gapps.
3. Connect the device to the computer using a USB Cable. Transfer the downloaded zip files to the internal storage of the device. If the user downloaded the files directly to the device when there will no need to transfer.
4. Switch off the device and boot to Custom Recovery Mode.
5. Prepare a NANDROID Backup. To do this, got Backup and Restore under CWM or Backup under TWRP then choose the file. Confirm.
6. Do a Factory Reset.
7. Access the zip file and choose install.
8. Access the internal storage of the device, look for the CM 11 M9 Snapshot zip. Load the program under the custom recovery option and proceed with installation.
9. Install the Gapps.
10. Reboot the smartphone to normal mode.
11. Gain control of the handset via CyanogenMod profile or Google account.
The ACIP download can be installed in a similar way according to WCCF Tech.