HellKat KitKat ROM for T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989!


For this week’s T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989 ROM of the week, check out latest version of HellKat ROM.

Based on CM11 (CyanogenMod), HellKat brings you a beautifully themed-out “Holo Red” theme (enable theme by enabling “Dark HellKat” in Settings) along with a good amount of customization, that will give you a pure CyanogenMod experience along with many extras.

Personally, I do love CyanogenMod but after awhile, I tend to move onto more customizable ROMs and HellKat does exactly that without you having to lose any of CyanogenMod features.

Some notable features (that’s been added on top of CM) include stuff like Init.d tweaker, LCD density changer (to run in custom DPI or tablet mode), lockscreen customization, and some more.  Also don’t forget some wonderful set of cool hellish wallpapers that complement the red theme well.

Of all though, performance is probably the highlight on this ROM, it ships with Diablo kernel that you can overclock up to 1.836Ghz stable.  Overall, it’s one of the fastest ROMs you will probably encounter so definitely give it a go this week(end) if being fast and furious is your thang.


Download HellKat ROM (grab the latest version by date) – Mirror for the one used in the video here

Download Gapps (Use this one to avoid problems!!!)

Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like this ROM, thx!


Download Flash Player APK (if you want flash player use with Dolphin browser)

DownloadAndroid 4.3 PhotoSphere (uninstall existing Gallery app using Titanium Backup app then install this!)

If you want to run your apps in tablet/hybrid/custom DPI mode, see our Xposed App Settings guide.

If you want PIE Controls, see our LMT Pie Control guide.

If you want some awesome audio, check out Viper4Audio FX MOD, which you can install

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  • A

    can we use latest twrp?

    • Max

      Yup latest TWRP will do.

  • vinicius

    My rocker/power button is broken
    i m using beanstalk rom but is very unstable.
    i need 2 things for my cellphone to work :Navigation Bar (where i can set 3 buttons on the botton of the screen which i use to power, lock and printscreen.
    and the ability to unlock the phone using volume keys
    can i have this on this room?
    also…there are any touchwiz based rom with JB and those features i need?
    thx in advance

  • Rene Salazar

    Is the vídeo camera working on this one or is it the same as cm11

    • Max

      Yes working fine.

      • Tristin

        Hi the video recorder works but it usually takes around 1-2 minutes to get started and bye then the moment is gone so please help?

  • akshit topiwala

    Are there any bugs and do you recommend it as a daily.driver

  • Francois

    Hello Max,
    I have a problem with my JB8 it is a good Rom, very stable, but the Floating Samsung keyboard won’t go back to its original size when enabled, and is missing half of its letters when it’s on the floating mode. Basically, once here that’s it! you have either to choose the other Google keyboard or Google voice typing.

  • Shane

    Max can’t be trusted, cam doesn’t work.

    • vinicius

      looks like all 4.4.x roms have problems with video recording

    • Shane

      You can’t be trusted because you do not have or own a website that gives custom ROM reviews, what you need to do is stop eating Cheetos and watching so much porno because its making you talk non sense………..

      • ca$h

        It says in the description that u NEED to DOWNLOAD GAPPS TO HAVE NO PROBLEMS

      • d


  • Andrew

    Does Video recording really work?

  • Shivam

    The wifi doesn’t work at all…It says turning on but doesn’t actually turn on. Any clue on how to fix it?

  • Shane

    Almost everything working on it except the video play back on my galaxy s2 t989 but i using camera mx for that so far i don’t have any problem. but i will sure update as we go along.

  • Franken8ter

    So far all is working I have had no problem with video record or playback and wifi is working fine on both 5GHz & 2.4GHz pretty bitchen ROM in all

    • vinicius

      can you set to unlock the phone with volume key?
      and set navigation bar? (where you configure 3 buttons on the botton of the screen)?
      i really need this because the rocker/lock/power button of my phone is broken

      • wvuravens-fan

        give carbon rom a try it has a nav bar.

        • vinicius

          thx man!
          do you know if there are touchwiz based roms with nav bar?

      • Shane

        navigation bar is there too. this ROM have lots of customization in it. just need to play with it. as i said for me just the video playback don’t work. am using since Friday and I never have any other problem,

        • thddude

          Video playback and recording is fine people need to learn to read open video camera and set it to 720p then exit the camera. Open the camera again and record a video, now play it back and presto it works fine at 720p, just like cm11’s

          • thddude

            Oh and new build with 0216 should have nice working color halo and alot more added.

          • Shane

            none of the settings in video work on my s2

  • Nick

    Whenever I try and flash the rom it keeps saying, “installation aborted.” and above that it says (bad).
    I’ve tried the mirror link in addition to the regular with no success.

  • Erskine

    Video playback not working, the same hesitation before recording as BeanStalk 4.4.2. Whould Photosphere be considered a “fix” for this camera/camcorder/playback issue? There is an annoying random screen dimming that i can get rid of. Wifi working fine, but takes a while to charge.

    • thddude

      It has been the same known bug with cm11 for months now, the fix for getting it to work correct but still has lag on start up is 720p and after you set it close the camera and restart it before you try. Lag at start will be there but will record and play fine at 720p.

  • Treyton Davis

    Does ART work with this ROM?

    • thddude

      yes but best to switch to art and reboot before installing a bunch of apps.

      • Treyton Davis

        thanks. I know most kitkat ROMs don’t support it.

  • Firoz

    Just tried this out. It is much faster and more stable then beanstalk 4.4.2. I am not sure if I did something wrong when I put on the Beanstalk rom on my phone but the difference here is night and day. Perfect for daily driving..although halo doesn’t seem to want to play nicely.

  • Kat

    i wish you would have a step by step video on how to install this because im having a hard time understanding all this and i know i’ll be able to install this successfully. my phone is still running the version it came with when i bought it. or if anyone can give me a link on a step by step video i would appreciate that. thank you 🙂

    • bigboi

      1. Download ROM
      2. Reboot into recovery, You must use a SELinux compatible recovery.
      3. Please back up your ROM before you begin!
      4. Wipe System, Data, Cache, Dalvik
      5. Flash the ROM
      6. Flash 4.4 Gapps
      7. Reboot
      8. Let it sit a while.
      9. Enjoy HellKat

    • Shane

      Kat you will have to root your phone first

  • mdp

    I’m currently running the rom and all seems to be fine. Just can’t seem to get the phone to connect to 4G, it bounces from 3G to HSPA. I’ve selected the appropriate APN and made the right settings. Tried it a few different ways. No luck.

    Any ideas?


    • Shane

      yea. the net log a little but other wise the ROM works ok

    • cross80

      HSPA means 4g it’s running!

  • Bhaumik sony

    GPS won’t work. It will connect but will lose connection second later no matter what gps app you use. Any fixes.

    • bigboi

      update the build

  • MonkeyNuts

    This Rom is Kick Ass..!! Lovin the HellCat..!

  • Joesosilly

    Tried it out. Awesome rom. Everything seems to work except for the bluetooth audio. No sound. Anyone else have this issue?

    • CRJ700

      Same here, no go on Bluetooth audio.

    • vnle

      same here, no audio on blue tooth, and my phone ,T989, reboot when trying to play music using Apolo with bluetooth enable.

  • Shane

    It was working much better before the update. why all these developers keep messing up their ROM after?

  • Payne

    Dear Max,

    Some of us would appreciate it if you could also test functionality w/ Orweb & Orbot, and updating apps from F-droid before posting new ROMS.
    One of the main reason people like me use android is because we want freedom (as in post “12 Years A Slave” freedom).

    Kahm sa ham nida.

  • wevs

    hellkat is fast works great …only thing is on my media player its hard to scroll to a part of a song ….it stutterds like on sound cloud

  • sabbath

    just rooted, unlocked (uvle method-koodo) and finally flashed this today (after a few hours of failure)

    verrrry slick… many things that annoy me with stock are fixed in this

    only problems i noticed are long delay to record video, and video is all weird after

    dont really like the included photo app so may try to get something like the samsung stock one
    also missing the swipe to call/text feature of contacts on touchwiz (anyone have a solution to have that back?)

    many thanks to the developer… really brought my old S2x back to life haha

  • bombo

    I have installed but I could not get to the option interface when I enter I get an error (unfortunately the application configuration stopped) someone else happened. below I give you the link of the version you install.


  • Andrei

    The ROM is truly amazing and I am thankful for this experience.

    But there are a couple of things that mean a lot to me. GPS doesn’t seem to work and I can’t find a usual icon for it. Goo is showing an update but it doesn’t seem to download/do anything. If you can help me with these I would appreciate a ton.

    Thank you!

  • seriente

    I have a question which is killing me most of this ROMS. When I try to pair the Hellcat with my Uconnect bluetooth car system (DODGE) it connects, suddenly no connection, then bluetooth turns off completely off and i have to restart it again so the bluetooth can turn on. Here are some of the characteristics of the bluetooth issue:

    1. Connects and suddenly disconnects, in a loop. ( like in 3 seconds each connect and disconnect)
    2. When it completely shuts off you have to restart the cellphone to make it to turn on. Then goes with the same error as “1”.

    Is this a common issue on the T989? I have been having this issue since 4.2 . The Rom is superfast and pretty awesome. I just hope there is a fix for the phone to make to work on my car.

    • Joesosilly

      unfortunately these issues are common when using custom roms. hopefully they will be fixed.

  • Pandah

    I tried this rom, it failed for me miserably and now I’m trying to get it off my phone. I got it somewhat working but when it did, it decided to rid my phone of play store completely then when I managed to download it, it force closed. I tried to download a new rom to replace this and during the download, it restarted my phone, I also can’t open the rom manager app without it closing immediately

  • Margie

    I put this ROM on my phone but cant watch netflix or any movies on my phone now. Do I need to install a flash player or another app? Please Help!!!!

    • Shane

      try to use Dolphin browser to access and play movies

  • Vraj

    I have Current flashed this rom. THe goo.im manager says you have update for your Rom. I want to update the Rom with losing any installed apps. Please Help me and tell me if its possible

    • Shane

      just download the updates to your computer like before, don’t do any wipe, just install the zip file and you’ll be go to. that will update it and you won’t loose any of your install apps

      • Vraj

        Will I have to install Gapps Again??

        • Shane

          no. all your settings will remain the same just that the ROM will be updated to whatever the developers add to it. but you must know that sometimes the updated version isn’t better than what u have before.

  • Alan Coats

    I need help Max I love this rom but I get no service I am on my samsung galaxy s 2 tmobile SGH T989 and I would like to have service on it all the time I was wondering if you could help

  • Vraj

    I have updated the rom to the latest version 20140311 . first i was using 20140223. Now when i open Interfecae under the hellkat interface in the setting i get an error unfirtunately settings has stopped. please anybody help .. MAx can you report to the developer. coz currently this is the best om available for my phone

    and can any body tell me how to fix bluetooth issue. i cannot connect it with my laptop. the connection within 2-3 second.

    also tell me which rom is better hellkat or carbon rom.

    Thanks in advance. please help. and the 1st issue is important. can i downgrade to earlier verion of hellkat without losing any apps.

  • zaya

    Hi my interface is not working every time I click on it I got unfortunately , setting has stopped

    • Tony

      I’m having the same problem, I also cannot find my ext sd card folder anywhere…

  • Galo

    Hi, this monday I installed the ROM to my s2 t989 with official JB 4.1.2. The problem is that before i installed the rom my cellphone recieved 4G signal. After roming I only recieve G, Edge, H, H+ signals, but no 4G, i have LTE option active, but when i press the icon 3 seconds this error appears “Lamentablemente, el proceso com.android.phone se detuvo” (“sorry, process com.android.phone has stopped”). This happen when y press a while the LTE bottom and Red configuration apears and dissapears instantly.

    Sorry for my english mistakes (from Argentina).

    Hopping to recieve a good answer.

    • SammyD

      H and H+ are as fast as 4G, they are basically the same. Don’t worry about it.

  • Tone Capone

    Where are the Hellkat devs?? we are having issues and they are not being resolved! My user interface is not working!

  • Andrés

    How I can update this ROM or where can i do it?

  • will

    plz help im trying to install hellkat kitkat on my samsung gs2t989 but keep getting error 7 installation abort dont know what i did wrong…