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November 16, 2013

Nexus 5 Receives CyanogenMod 11 – Unofficially


Those among us who have the Nexus 5 are the lucky ones to be running Android 4.4 Kit Kat at the moment. That doesn’t appear (as if) to have stopped the dev’s over at XDA from delving into the image and modding. We have already seen details how CyanogenMod has started work on CM 11, which is, of course, based on Kit Kat. Now it looks like an unofficial release has been made available for the Nexus 5.

The details of this release come by way of the xda-developers forums and userm3dd0g. The CM11 download, along with the latest Gapps package v4.4 are both available in the thread, but before anyone heads over to download we will offer the warning — this appears to be early days for the release. Simply put, there are likely to be some issues and quicks and for that we would suggest not trying this on a phone you consider your daily driver.

Those still looking to move forward will need to know how to begin playing around. You know, the process of rooting your device, making sure your bootloader is unlocked and installing a package such as CWM ot TWRP. If you haven’t unlocked or rooted your Nexus 5 yet you can see have to do it on the thread over at XDA (Link below) Then you can install CyanogenMod and then flash the Gapps package. Of course, the Gapps package flash is optional, but given it contains the Google services including access to the Play Store, we would recommend that you install it.

That all having been said, the links for CM11 and Gapps v4.4 are included in the XDA thread, along with some step-by-step directions for you to follow.

Source: :CyanogenMod 11 –  Unofficial

Source: How to Unlock Bootloader, Install Custom Recovery and Root


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Dave Thornton

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Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini