Kitkat on the Samsung Galaxy S4

KitKat on the Galaxy S4

While the rest of the world is waiting for or installing Android 4.3 on their Samsung Galaxy S4 phones I decided to skip ahead and put KitKat on my S4. In the end it wasn’t too hard either.

Meanwhile, if you’re not able to upgrade but you’ve rooted your phone you can use the photosphere function in the Google Camera from the Nexus 5 to shoot great 360 degree panoramas. Here’s one I shot near Blarney Castle this morning.
You’ll need the camera APK from here and since it will likely force close go here and download that zip file. Copy the required libraries to /system/lib/ on your phone and photosphere will work on your stock S4!

You can try the Android 4.4 Launcher too but I haven’t. Nova Launcher works well enough for me at the moment.

Oh, and sorry 🙂

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

1 reply on “Kitkat on the Samsung Galaxy S4”

Nice. I traded my S2 for a Sony 55-210mm lens and then got my younger brother’s old S2! Sadly the USB port is dead. Haven’t succeeded in getting CM on it yet but if I do I’m hoping this phone will keep me going into mid next year when I might be able to afford some fancy new gadget.

I’m rocking Aviate as my launcher though. Loving it. I have an invite if you’re interested in checking it out.

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