For this week’s Galaxy Note 3 ROM of the Week, check out the latest version of C-ROM, available for T-Mobile, Sprint, Canadian, and SM-N9005 Note 3 users. (Sorry, not available on AT&T or Verizon Note 3 as the bootloader is still locked! You cannot install any AOSP ROMs (What is AOSP?) on AT&T or Verizon.)
Latest version of C-ROM is built off the latest Android 4.4.4, brings goodies like a 100% functional floating multi-window (better than what we saw with previous versions), and performance/battery life is exceptionally good.
My favorite feature on the C-ROM right now is the gesture unlocking security feature, which is pretty simple but faster than pattern security also you can make any kind of gesture that hackers can’t guess, so probably more secure too.
Some of my other favorite features include On-The-Go-Mode, Shake Events, and App Circle Bar. All of these are feature that may be found on other AOSP ROMs but I find it handy to have it all in one ROM so I can enjoy them all on the C-ROM.
For customization, you will be able to easily tweak your status bar, enable lockscreen notifications, and much more. Active Display, PIE Controls, HOVER notifications, and OmniSwitch are also available.
Overall, I am very impressed at C-ROM Team for bringing a multitude of great features to the Note 3 and this is actually my AOSP daily driver. Battery life is excellent and if performance is an issue to you, you won’t be disappointed at its blazing speeds over TouchWiz ROMs.
If you are looking for one of the best Android 4.4.4 custom AOSP ROMs “right now” definitely give the latest C-ROM a go this week(end) and do let me know what you think!
Download C-ROM for Galaxy Note 3 (for T-Mobile SM-N900T, Sprint SM-N900P, Canadian SM-N900W8 or SM-N9005)
Download Android 4.4.4 Gapps (You can use Stock or Micro Gapps, use stock if you want ALL Google apps and use micro if you just want Play Store with minimal number of apps.)
To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Gapps, and reboot. (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop, reboot into recovery, go to Advanced Wipe for TWRP or Mounts & Storage for CWM, format/wipe /system, then re-install ROM.) See How to Install ROM on Note 3 first if this is your first time.
Q: I don’t have Play Store!!!
A: You forgot to install Gapps, reboot into CWM/TWRP recovery then install Gapps, voila!
Want Flash Player? See How to Install Flash Player on Android 4.4.2/4.4.3 KitKat!
Want latest Android L Preview Keyboard? See How to Install Android L Preview Keyboard on rooted Android!
If you want some awesome audio, check out Viper4Audio FX MOD, which you can install on this ROM to enhance your music 100%.
If you want to run your apps in tablet/hybrid/custom DPI mode, see our Xposed App Settings guide.
Need to run apps that check for root? Check out How to Run Apps that’s don’t run on rooted Android!
Want really cool PIE Control? See our video demo below or see our full LMT Pie review.
Q: My 3G/4G LTE data is not working!!!
A: See How to Fix 3G/4G LTE data by Manually Setting APN on Android!
Q: I don’t have Play Store nor any of the Google apps!
A: You forgot to install Gapps, reboot into recovery and install it! (See above for download.)
Q: The ROM is not booting!
A: Try formatting/wipe /system and re-install ROM, sometimes the system partition gets corrupt and you may have to try 2 or 3 times before the ROM boots.