Install Unofficial AOSP-Based Android 4.4 KitKat On Nexus 4 & 7

Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat have been the talk of the town ever since their release a few days back. Though the previous line of Nexus devices – the Nexus 4, 7 (both 2012 and 2013 editions) and 10 – will not be left in the dust when it comes to the KitKat update, and will in fact be the first devices to receive it, first in form of OTA updates and then as factory images provided officially by Google. Though if you own a Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 and can’t wait till the Android 4.4 OTA hits yours, you can get a taste of KitKat on it right away, thanks to the efforts of the awesome Paranoid Android team at XDA. These early AOSP-based, source-built ROMs provide a pure vanilla experience that’s a staple for all Nexus devices, and don’t include any of the modifications found in Paranoid Android ROMs. For more information, download links and installation instructions, read on after the jump.

Before you proceed, do keep in mind that these ROMs are very early builds, and don’t utilize proprietary hardware-specific binaries for KitKat, because those binaries will be released for these devices when their KitKat factory images are officially made available by Google. Therefore, there may be certain glitches in performance. That said, the builds seem quite usable based on user feedback on the forums.

For some reason, there’s no build for the Nexus 10 in the mix, nor one for the Galaxy Nexus from these particular developers, though we’ve found working ones for the device abandoned by Google and posted them in our guide on installing Android 4.4 KitKat on the Galaxy Nexus.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.


  • Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 (2012 or 2013)
  • A custom recovery such as ClockworkMod or TWRP installed. (For Nexus 7 (2012), TWRP 2.6.3 or later is required, as there have been issues flashing with ClockworkMod.)
  • The appropriate AOSP 4.4 ROM for your device:
  • Google Apps package (grab the latest one for Android 4.4)


  1. Transfer both the ROM and the GApps package to your device.
  2. Reboot the device into recovery.
  3. To be on the safe side, it’s highly recommended that you take a backup.
  4. Perform a full data wipe (factory reset). Also wipe cache and dalvik cache using the appropriate sections of your recovery.
  5. It’ll also be a good idea to format the system partition using the appropriate option in your recovery.
  6. Install the ROM, followed by the Google Apps package.
  7. Reboot your device.

You should now have Android 4.4 KitKat running on your Nexus 4 or 7. Enjoy!

[via XDA-Developers]

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