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Review | CyanogenMod 11 4.4.2 for Xiaomi mi2s

A few days ago we saw as a developer of the Miui team, managed to portow an Aosp version of 4.4 Android KitKat on a device Xiaomi Mi2s.

We at LordOfTech, having this device, decided to test it on our Mi2s from 32gb, installing it in dual boot with the Wiui V5.

If you also want to install the Wiui, a Miui with several tweaks inside it, you just have to read our guide to this link.


To install CyanogenMod, we have used the classic procedure for installing any rom, ie through CWM recovery, if you want to learn how to install a rom through this recovery, read the our guide.

The CyanogenMod 11 in 4.4.2 KitKat can be downloaded from this link, while you can download the compatible Google Apps from here

But let's return to us once CyanogenMod 11 and its Gapps (the zip package containing Google apps such as Play Store, Gmail, YouTube) installed, we started the device and immediately saw a general system fluidity sharply improved compared to Miui, since all the customizations and the framework have been reported back to the Stock!

As for the battery life we ​​can very well compare it to the Miui, as no bugs afflicts the Roma in such a way as to be some battery drain, while bugs afflicting the general system we found 3 a bit 'annoying in the daily use of the rom:

  • Audio in low call - the interlocutor feels our voice or we hear the voice of the interlocutor
  • Terminal random restarts that can be annoying as we use the device
  • A couple of screen freezes during the day that forced us to remove the battery.

These bugs, in our opinion, are due to the failure to optimize the kernel, as Xiaomi has released the source code for their devices too late and as a result developers have not been able to optimize a kernel for Mi2 / s capable of support a 100% CyanogenMod based on KitKat.

For the rest it is all working, the fluidity is extreme and there is even more speed when an app is opened, since the wait time between a touch of an app and its aperture is almost zeroed.

Recall that the CyanogenMod is a ROM that offers fluidity and excellent performance and also a customization of the user interface similar in some respects to the Miui, in fact with the theme chooser installed as standard inside the rom, it is possible to change the system interface simply by installing a compatible theme directly from the Play Store or from the theme archive on the XDA forum.

Here, if you are interested, the link to the XDA page containing the themes for CyanogenMod: Themes CyanogenMod XDA.

In conclusion, we can say that the rom could only be used for a few hours since it is not optimally optimized from the phone's point of view, but if you want to try it, you can do it quietly using the Xiaomi Series Dual Boot Series.

NB: In LordOfTech's staff we take responsibility for brick or damage caused to your device, the reviewed rom was installed on a Xiaomi Mi2s from 32gb in System 2, leaving in the System 1 the Wiui 4.1.10

Short ScreenCast performed with the KitKat internal app:


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Simone Rodriguez
Simone Rodriguez

Blogger, but above all passionate about technology. I am part of a generation that has passed from the cathode ray tube to smartphones, making me witness to an unprecedented technological evolution. From 2012 I assiduously follow the Xiaomi brand that with the conveyance of various projects led me to realize, the home of all the Italian Xiaomisti. Write me: [email protected]


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