Cyanogenmod 11 Android 4.4 KitKat for Galaxy S Advance I9070

Few months ago Google released Android 4.4 KitKat. One of the best feature of this update is its lightweight. So unlike previous versions lower specs devices can easily run on it. It is rumored that Samsung is testing KitKat on Galaxy S Advance. Of course it will take few months for official update.

By that time you can flash custom ROM. Team Canjica of XDA has compiled Cyanogenmod 11 for Galaxy S Advance. The same team has compiled CM10.1 and CM10.2 for S Advance. The best thing of this ROM is both NFC and non- NFC model can use this ROM. Unfortunately NFC does not work.

This alpha version of Cyanogenmod 11 does have some bugs. Some of them are listed below.

Known issues:

  • OMX and Camera
  • Magnetic Sensor -> Compass not working properly
  • NFC ( GT-I9070P users Only ).

Follow few simple steps to flash Cyanogenmod 11 on Samsung Galaxy S Advance.

Disclaimer

The procedure written ahead is a bit risky and may lead to a permanent damage. If you are not familiar with this fact then don’t even think of moving ahead. Before executing any step, read the article carefully. We AndroidLegend.com are not responsible for any misbehavior of your mobile after implementing these steps.

CM11 for Galaxy s advance

This unofficial build of Cyanogenmod 11 is compiled only for Samsung Galaxy S Advance (both I9070 and I9070P). Do not try it on any other mobile to avoid any damage. Check the model number first.

Settings -> about device -> model number

Pre-requisites

  • Low battery power may interrupt installation and thereby damaging the device. To avoid this, charge it at least up to 70%.
  • During the procedure we are wiping all the data from internal memory. So it is better to take a backup of important stuff like SMS, MMS, contacts etc. to the external memory card.
  1. How to Backup Android Contacts and Text Messages (SMS/MMS).
  2. How to backup Call logs, APNs and EFS folder from your Android Device.
  • In order to flash custom ROM you need custom recovery like Clockworkmod recovery on your mobile. Don’t try to flash it through stock recovery.

Procedure to install Android 4.4 KitKat via Cyanogenmod 11 on Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070/I9070P

  • Download two important files for Samsung Galaxy S Advance. First one is latest build of Cyanogenmod 11 from official development page. Also you will require Gapps file which contains Google apps like Gmail, Google now etc.
  1. Cyanogenmod 11 for Galaxy S Advance
  2. Gapps for Android 4.4 KitKat
  • After downloading these files connect mobile to PC via USB cable and copy both files to the external memory card. Do not extract these zip files.
  • Disconnect it from PC and switch off the device and subsequently boot into recovery mode. Press volume up + home + power button simultaneously to boot into recovery mode.
  • When you boot into recovery mode, first of all take a nandroid backup of the system which might be useful in future if anything goes wrong. Refer this article for taking nandroid backup.
  • Now do wipe data/factory reset along with wipe cache partitions to wipe all the data from the internal memory.
  • Select install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard and then select cyanogenmod 11.zip file. Confirm installation in next step.
  • It will take few minutes for flashing.
  • Execute wipe data/factory reset and then wipe cache partitions afterwards to avoid boot loops.
  • Repeat the step of install zip from sdcard and then choose zip from sdcard. Select Gapps file for flashing.
  • After flashing both files successfully, select +++++go back+++++ and finally reboot system now.
  • Remember first boot takes more time than usual.

Well done! Android 4.4 KitKat is now running on your Samsung Galaxy S Advance through Cyanogenmod 11 custom ROM. Share your experience regarding Android 4.4 KitKat. If you came across any doubts, don’t hesitate to share with us. We will try to solve them as early as possible.

Tip: In case if you don’t like this ROM, you can easily switch back to previous one just by entering into recovery mode. Then select the Backup and Restore option from the recovery mode & then select restore & choose your latest backup to restore. And then simply reboot it. Or you can flash official firmware by using Odin tool.

Fix:

Those who are getting status 7 error or installation aborted error (while flashing the ROM), you need to flash kernel image before flashing the ROM. For more info refer the post here.

Still getting installation aborted error? Well then try this solution.

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  • agk

    why do you need this rom? i9070 works great with 2.3.6 gb. i had installed 4.1.2 jb and it was terrible. my phone was freezing for about 2 minutes in some apps like camera video youtube and i doubt that this rom it will work better. mostly because it is not an official room. you will and up with your phone permanently damaged. good luck

  • Shahbaz Raza

    Installed Kitkat but the gapps installation was aborted.. It said not enough memory and i should install mini gapps..
    What should i do now?
    Is there any problem running my phone without gapps installed?
    Help plz

  • deepak

    i tried installing, dint back up, now i’m stuck with boot animation. did i brick my phone, i tried factory reset and clearing cache and even reflashing. but nothing works

  • Archit

    I installed gaps and cm11 on Samsung galaxy s advance i9070. The mobile network are not working and it is showing off the airplane mode when it is rather off.

    • jayjohn

      I am also having the same issue, can anyone help us? Thanks all..

    • Prasad

      I am also faceing same probleam

  • Viraj SK
  • Abhishek

    Do not install the CM11 by team Canjica. Instead use the Macclaw version. It is very stable and everything works. The camera module and OMX are fixed too.

  • sumit jha

    hello sir I am trying to install this rom but not success error code 7 I had tryed both but not success how to install plz tell me,

  • mmoreice

    Working great / installation was easy – in my case the installation of the boot.img was needed.

    Issues :
    - Camera not working at all.
    - Wifi did work, after a reboot/ shutdown not working anymore and no way to enable it again (it is even impossible to enable wifi, the slider is greyed out)
    - When connected via 2G/3G no icon is displayed telling me that I am online
    - Rebooting or shutting down of the phone is not possible/ it stucks in the screen telling me that the phone is restarting or shutting down – and I need to get the battery of after w few minutes to turn the phone off. Waited for approx. 10 minutes.

    - Works like a charm further (as far as I can determine) ! Cannot wait for updates fixing the above troubles.

    If someone has hints how to solve Wifi it would make we very happy ! Thanks!

    • MmoreIce

      Wifi // I have read a possible Solution on XDA-forum.

      1. Format /cache
      2. Delete Dalvik cache

      I have done this and now the wifi-slider turns ‘blue’ again. However it is possible to scan for networks connecting to one is not possible.

  • Mukesh Mahla

    i think this needs to be done after installation,

    If you face Google Search Force Close issue, just long-press the home screen in the new launcher, select Settings and then tap Voice. Select Language to change the default. You can change to any another language and then again back to your own language by following the same procedure.

  • Mukesh Mahla

    camera also not working at all…

  • Mukesh Mahla

    launcher is not properly inserted, google search missing, have to use nova launcher to use phone, sms generic app missing, rest its light and smooth, but all the above things need improvement.

  • Mukesh Mahla

    rebooting taking a longgg time!! is it usual or something to worry

    • Viraj Kshatriya

      Try this:
      1) Boot into recovery, select Mount and Storage -> format /system and format /data.
      2) Now, select wipe data / factory reset.
      3) Flash the ROM.
      4) Reboot. Done!

  • dhanush chinnappa

    how flash the kernel image. i am getting status 7 error while installing 4.4 firmware

  • Abhishek Saxena

    hey guys,
    i have a query first of all i am not much of a techie so please bear with me….
    * for creating a nandroid backup what all softwares or apps do i need because i guess i dont have any custom rom…

  • Mukesh Mahla

    status 7 error …. cwm latest installed yet no rescue…!

    • Mukesh Mahla

      pl guys help needed for status 7 error…..

      • Viraj Kshatriya

        Read the fix at the end of article..

        • Basheer

          I read the FIX at the end of the content and did as explained over there. I’m able to upgrade to kitkat 4.4. Thanx a lot. Camera is not working. And i also installed nova launcher as the default UI was not working. Kitkat feels great.

  • basheer

    set metadatarecursive some changes failed.
    status 7
    installation aborted.

    this is the error i get.
    i have reverted back to android 3.3 from cyanogenmod.

    • Viraj Kshatriya

      CWM 6 or above must be installed in order to flash CM11 ROM…

      • basheer

        i have cwm v6.0.4.4. what has to be done.

    • Jay

      Same Problem i have Faced,Guys this is Really very bad.

      It Left me with no Other Option to revert back to my first 2.3 Built

    • LIYAKATH ALIKHNA A

      4.4 is good?

  • LIYAKATH ALIKHNA A

    What type of issue will rise in OMX and Camera?
    Revert immediately.
    Software to be loaded to my mbile after getting reply………