For those of you with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Canadian, or GT-i9505 Galaxy S4, check out Gummy ROM with Android 4.4 KitKat for this week. Based on latest Android 4.4 KitKat sources, Gummy ROM brings you one of the most complete Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROMs out there along with a good level of customization. First, Gummy ROM has camera, camcorder, WiFi, bluetooth, 4G LTE data, IR Blaster (use 3rd party IR remote apps on Play Store to control your TV), YouTube, video replay, and more working out of the box. Actually, I have not seen anything broke on thi
For this week’s Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 ROM of the week, check out MIUI ROM V5 Official. Xiaomi, the company behind MIUI ROMs, have announced their official support for the GT-i9500 Galaxy S4 last week and released the first official MIUI ROM for the S4. Currently, MIUI ROM is also available for other S4 variants (such as AT&T/T-Mobile/Canadian/GT-i9505) but those are not official while the official version is based on official Samsung firmware with Samsun
Here’s a quick wrap-up of some cool CruzerLite Galaxy S4 cases. Probably the TPU cases from CruzerLite are my favorite as they are very thin while protecting your Galaxy S4 from scratches, falls from 10 feet, and it’s a really nicely-designed case that protects your phone well. I’ve done some drop tests with them with my Note 2, S4, Nexus 5, and never once I had even a scratch on my screen. Check out my latest drop test with CruzerLite TPU case with the Nexus 5, which clearly
For this week’s Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 ROM of the week, check out Phoenix ROM with latest Android 4.3. Based on the latest MJ9 Samsung official firmware Android 4.3, Phoenix ROM brings you the best of latest Android 4.3 without all the stuff you need including Knox, which may interfere with your pure Android experience. For those of you who don’t know, Samsung has started adding Knox security feature on Android 4.3 firmwares, which means you get this useless security features you don’t need and will only annoy you when you use your phone.
For this week’s custom ROM of the week for Sprint Galaxy S4, check out the latest MJA stock rooted Android 4.3 ROM. This is the official Android 4.3 Sprint firmware that Sprint pushed out and for those of you already rooted, you probably do not want to unroot and get this update as it will add Knox counter to your phone. If you don’t know what Knox counter is, it is basically like binary counter that Samsung has put on starting with new phones like Note 3 and Android 4.3. It may benefit just a few of you who are using your phone for business and need additional securi
For those of you early-adapters who need to get Android 4.4 KitKat ROM with root for your Galaxy S4, you can do it now thanks to CM11 (CyanogenMod 11) ROM. The latest CM11 ROM ships with Android 4.4 KitKat, bringing you pretty much everything from Android 4.4 plus some extra Cyanogen features. In my testing, the CM11 ROM does quite well and everything works out of the box although it’s still a “beta” custom ROM. Camera/camcorder works fine (which you can add PhotoSphere by swapping with Android 4.3 camera) along with 4G LTE/HSPA+/wifi/bluetooth, and I
For this week’s Verizon Galaxy S4 ROM of the week, check out the latest Android 4.3 MJ7. This is ONLY for those of you who’ve rooted your Verizon S4 while on MD4 firmware, if you have ME7 or MJ7 rooted Verizon S4, this will NOT WORK!!! Since Verizon has been locking down on root latestly with ME7 and MJ7 stock firmwares, MD4 users will lose their native CWM or TWRP by unrooting and installing the latest MJ7 stock firwmare. Our best advice to instead install a rooted Android 4.3 MJ7 ROM such as this one so you can keep your native CWM/TWRP and have the lates
For this week’s Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-i545 ROM of the week, check out latest version RLS10 of HyperDrive ROM. The latest HyperDrive ROM RLS10 brings lots of new Note 3 goodies like Note 3 launcher, wallpapers, sounds, task manager, alarm widget, s-voice, calendar widget, flipboard, Samsung apps & hub, Watch On, and some more. (You will have the option to choose which one to install in AROMA installer btw.) With HyperDrive tweaks, you will be able to customize everything from your status bar, clock, lockscreen, shortcuts, and much much more. HyperDrive ROM als
For this week’s AT&T, T-Mobile, Canadian, and GT-i9505 ROM of the week, check out Echoe ROM. Based on the latest Android 4.3 leak for GT-i9505, Echoe ROM brings you the latest Android 4.3 TouchWiz to all AT&T, T-Mobile, Canadian, and GT-i9505 Galaxy S4 smartphones. (For T-Mobile, you will lose WiFi-calling, so if you absolutely need that stick with another T-Mobile based custom ROM.) With Android 4.3, you will get some performance/battery boost and if you do use a Galaxy Gear smartwatch, this ROM will make your Galaxy S4 fully capable to run Gear Manager
For this week’s Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L720 ROM of the week, check out latest version of NegaLite Wonde ROM. Probably my favorite Sprint S4 ROM of all time, NegaLite ROM is a no-brainer Sprint firmware-based custom ROM that’s going to get you the best features without losing your Samsung features. Some of my favorite features include long-press menu app kill button, call recording, awesome transition animations, wifi tether app (for tethering 3G/4G LTE), and some more.
For this week’s Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 ROM of the week, check out The Legend ROM. Based on leaked Android 4.3 TouchWiz firmware, The Legend ROM brings you Android 4.3 with what’s coming new with GT-i9500 including added support for Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Legend ROM must be installed with Perseus kernel, which is a good thing as Perseus kernel gives you ability to overclock your CPU, GPU, and even have great audio tweaking controls.
For this week’s Galaxy S4 ROM of the week, check out BlackBox ROM! Based on latest GT-i9505 Android 4.2.2 MGA firmware, BlackBox ROM can be installed on AT&T, T-Mobile, Canadian, and GT-i9505 S4s. (For T-Mobile, you will lose Wifi Calling with this ROM.) BlackBox ROM is geared towards brings you the best of TouchWiz and AOSP, bringing you all of Samsung core features while everything is AOSPed as much as possible. You will find inverted apps for Contacts, Dialer, Calculator, Clock, E-mail, G-Mail, MMS, YouTube, Music Player, Play Store, DropBox, and ES File E
For this week’s Verizon Galaxy S4 ROM of the week, check out latest Jelly Beans ROM Build 7! The biggest change on the latest Build 7 of Jelly Beans ROM is the firmware base, now it is based on the latest Verizon ME7 firmware, meaning you will get the latest App2SD and HDR camera support out of the box. For those of you who have not tried Jelly Beans ROM, it is certainly one of the best TouchWiz ROMs for the Verizon S4. (My personal TWO favorites are Jelly Beans ROM and HyperDrive ROM)
For those of you who have been waiting to install custom ROM on your Verizon Galaxy S4 with ME7 firmware or AT&T Galaxy S4 with MF3 firmware, there’s finally a new method using SafeStrap Recovery by XDA user Hashcode. SafeStrap Recovery is usually used on Motorola devices but it is now implemented on Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S4 to get around Verizon’s lock on the bootloader. First, you will need to root your Galaxy S4, so follow the Click Here to Read Full Article
For this week’s GT-i9505 ROM of the week, check out latest BobCat ROM version 5.1. You can install this custom ROM on AT&T, T-Mobile, GT-i9505, and Canadian Galaxy S4s. Latest BobCat ROM v5.1 ships with even more features than before, looking faster than ever, and certainly one of the best stable, custom ROMs out there you can install that’s based on TouchWiz. BobCat ROM v5.1 is based on latest Android 4.2.2 XXUDMH8 firmware, which means it will have App2SD and HDR camera support. Also, instead of 3Minit app, BobCat ROM now ships with Xposed Wanam app
For this week’s T-Mobile Galaxy S4 ROM of the week, check out latest version of Wicked ROM V7. You can also install this ROM on AT&T, Canadian, or GT-i9505 Galaxy S4s. Latest Wicked ROM V7 features additional stock and white theme in AROMA installer, 3 additional cameras to choose from (Moto X, Android 4.3 PhotoSphere, Focal), and 4 different music players including stock Samsung, MIUI, Apollo, and Sony Walkman. Since this is a T-Mobile-based custom ROM, you will not have latest App2SD and HDR camera offered by latest Samsung firmwares. (If you absolutely n
For those of you looking to experience latest Android 4.3 with most features/customization, you will definitely have to try the PACMan ROM. PACMan ROM is a hybrid custom ROM that mixes the best of AOKP, CM10.2, and ParanoidAndroid ROMs. It’s an “all-in-one” ROM that allows you to fully customize your UI/system using AOKP ROM Control, run your favorite apps in tablet mode using ParanoidAndroid Hybrid Settings, and even take advantage of CM10.2 new features like the Click Here to Read Full Article
For this week’s AOSP ROM of the Week (What is AOSP?), check out Carbon ROM based on Android 4.3. What is Carbon ROM? Carbon ROM is a custom AOSP ROM with lots of UI customization and tools to run your ROM efficiently. Similar to AOKP ROM, Carbon ROM provides its own ROM Control-like customization through “Carbon Fibers” in Settings to allow the user to fully customize the ROM to their liking.
For this week’s GT-i9500 and GT-i9505 ROM of the week, check out latest version of WanamLite ROM. Latest version of WanamLite ROM now ships with its own Wanam Xposed App that allows you to fully customize your UI and control almost every feature of WanamLite ROM such as call recording, Torch shortcuts, Volume button music skip buttons, change long-press home/back key behavior, and much much more. When Wanam first introduced WanamLite ROM, there was no such app but now, everything is more controllable and customizable through the new Wanam Xposed App.
For this week’s ROM of the week, check out Infamous S4 ROM for Galaxy S4. Based on latest T-Mobile Android 4.2.2 firmware, Infamous S4 ROM comes with WiFi-Calling (for T-Mobile users) and can be installed on AT&T, T-Mobile, GT-i9505, and Canadian Galaxy S4s. Now since this is a T-Mobile firmware-based ROM, there’s no App2SD nor HDR recording available as latest T-Mobile does not have that update yet. (If you need App2SD, you can try any of the latest GT-i9505 ROMs instead like Click Here to Read Full Article
I know many of you have been asking me for a good Google Play Edition ROM for the Galaxy S4. Well, if you own an AT&T SGH-i337, T-Mobile SGH-M919, Canadian SGH-i337M, or GT-i9505 S4, check out Virgin Google Play Edition ROM. Virgin Google Play Edition ROM is built off Google Play Edition sources with features like Google Wallet working out of the box (no fiddling required), stock AOSP browser added (so you can easily add Flash Player), and custom reboot menu including hot boot (for quick reboots). Also, wifi tether works out of box (except T-mobile). I find the
For those of you who want root on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, here’s an easy way to do it. Before we begin, this root method is for the latest firmware ending in UCUAMF3 (check this under Settings->About device). If you have a newer firmware, this root method may or may not work (I have no way to tell since I don’t have a time machine.) but should be safe to do. To root your Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, simply download the APK file geohot.com/activeroot and install the app.
For this week’s Galaxy S4 ROM of the week, check out CM10.2 ROM, Android 4.3 CyanogenMod ROM. This ROM is available for AT&T, T-Mobile, Canadian, Verizon, US Cellular, GT-i9505, GT-9500. In case you don’t know, CyanogenMod ROM is an AOSP ROM (What is AOSP?) that’s usually the beast of them all as custom ROMs like ParanoidAndroid and AOKP are built on top of CyanogenMod ROM. Well, how are these builds? Although these builds are “beta” and considered f
For those of you using TWRP on your Galaxy S4, please MAKE SURE to update your TWRP recovery to the latest version 2.6 as previous versions do have bugs where custom ROMs may not install correctly. Older TWRP worked fine but on certain custom ROMs, it would freeze during installation or the custom ROM would not boot causing bootloops. I found out this is fixed by either using CWM or installing the latest TWRP 2.6. You can easily update your TWRP by usi
For those of you who just picked up a brand, new Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-i545, there’s a root method out now. Currently, Verizon Galaxy S4 bootloader is locked, meaning you cannot use CWM or TWRP root method. Also, the VRUAMDK kernel on the Verizon Galaxy S4 comes with SU-co*k-block which makes it hard to root. *UPDATE: There’s is a different root method for ME7, please see How to Root for Verizon Galaxy S4 on Build VRUAME7!
For those of you who want to root your Samsung Galaxy S4 Android smartphone, here’s how to do it easily using MotoChopper, a root script used on Motorola Qualcomm devices. This root method will work on all Qualcomm-based Galaxy S4 running Android 4.2.2 such as AT&T SGH-i337, T-Mobile SGH-M919, Sprint SPH-L720, Verizon SCH-i545, US Cellular SCH-R970, Canadian SGH-i337M, Rogers, Bell, Telus, and other Qualcomm S4s. For Verizon S4 SCH-i545, you will need to flash a pre-release kernel before following this tutorial and also re-flash stock kernel, Click Here to Read Full Article
Here’s “CWM Method” of rooting your Samsung Galaxy S4. Currently, this root method is only for the GT-i9500, GT-i9505, AT&T SGH-i337, Sprint SPH-L720, and Korean (E300S, E300K, E300L) until we have a stable, working CWM recovery for other models. For GT-i9505, AT&T SGH-i337, T-Mobile, Sprint SPH-L720, and Verizon, you can also use the other root method here. For rooting Sprint S4 on MF9 firmware, Click Here to Read Full Article
For those of you who want to root your Galaxy S4, here’s another root method using TWRP recovery. Why another method? Well, at the time of this video, some models do not have CWM recovery available. But TWRP recovery is just as good as CWM recovery and installation is nearly identical but using different menus. You can always switch to CWM recovery after rooting later down the line if you prefer CWM recovery.