While a new version of Android getting unveiled is always good news, the fact that it doesn’t immediately arrive in devices a la iOS updates is one big problem. Unless you buy the latest Nexus device, you’re best choice for now is to go unofficial. That said, Android 4.4 KitKat unofficial ROMs have arrived for certain devices.
As of this writing, developers and well-intentioned users (who usually gather at the XDA-Developers forum) have managed to build Android 4.4 KitKat unofficial ROMs for the following devices:
As with many other releases, these unofficial ROMS have a couple of bugs in them. For instance, there’s no recovery or root option for the Xperia Z build. Flashing the HTC One, on the other hand, will cause the device’s IR blaster to malfunction. Perhaps the worst thing that could happen is the camera to no longer work, like the one in the Sprint (US) version of the Galaxy Nexus.
If you’re still up it, though, your fellow risk-takers who’ve already switched to these Android 4.4 KitKat unofficial ROMs are reporting a positive overall experience.