For those of you wondering and waiting when Android 5.0 Lollipop will be here for the Galaxy S4, we have good news, it is already available! The bad news? It is still in beta, that means developers are still working out kinks. For GT-i9500 users, this means everything working except 3G data, NFC, and camera. For users with Qualcomm-based LTE S4 (like GT-i9505, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular, Cricket, MetroPCS), everything works except NFC and camera. Still not a bad deal given that you can try most of Android 5.0 Lollipop features and the UI is
For those of you who envy Galaxy S5 owners, did you know that you can get many of the Galaxy S5 features on your Galaxy S4 by rooting and installing custom ROMs? Currently, there’s actually a slew of custom ROMs that’s been ported straight from Galaxy S5 and they will make your Galaxy S4 have S5 features like Ultra Power Saving Mode, S5 apps, S5 lockscreen, S5 launcher, and more. If you are not sure about which custom ROM to install, I do have a couple recommendations.
For this week’s Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 ROM of the Week, check out Ozcan ROM by XDA user Citymen34! Based on latest Android 4.4.2 NE7 firmware, Ozcan ROM brings you a ton of great S5 features along with AROMA graphical installer so you can choose which apps you want or you can even install none of them too. Inside Ozcan ROM, you will find an S5 launcher along with dozens of great S5 apps including the latest S5 WatchOn, Group Play, Kid’s Mode, SHealth, Optical Reader, Story Album, S Translator, Browser, Calendar, E-mail, Keyboard, SMS, Music, SMemo, Calculator,
For this week’s Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 ROM of the Week, check out latest version of BeanStalk ROM! Based on the latest Android 4.4.4, BeanStalk ROM brings you the best and latest Google OS to your Exynos-based GT-i9500 S4. One of the main benefits of Android 4.4.4 is obviously much more performance and better battery life over Android 4.4.2. While you could wait for Samsung to update its firmware, why wait you can install great custom ROM such as the BeanStalk ROM? You will be able to get the latest Android 4.4.4 + root along with slew of customization options in
For those of you haven’t heard, Android 4.4.3 is already out since last week and if you want to experience the latest Android 4.4.3 with full root, you can do so with the latest CM11 (CyanogenMod) ROM! And no, you don’t have to wait for official firmwares to come out from Samsung, which will probably take weeks or months more from now on. With Android 4.4.3, you will be able to experience 20-30% improvement in performance and also near 10-15% better battery life. It’s an “amazing” upgrade as you get much better performance as shown in my
For this week’s Galaxy S4 ROM of the Week, check out AICP ROM, available for all Galaxy S4 variants including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Cricket, CSpire, US Cellular, Canadian, GT-i9505, and GT-i9500. Based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, AICP ROM is an AOSP ROM (What is AOSP?) featuring full AOKP ROM Control Settings along with other AOSP features. Some notable AOSP features include OmniSwitch, custom animations, Active Display, custom tile colors, Appbar, G
For this week’s Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 ROM of the week, check out Hassan ROM. Based on latest Android 4.4.2 TouchWiz Samsung firmware, Hassan ROM aims to bring a sleek S5-style interface/UI along with boosted performance and bloatware-free environment. First, with Hassan ROM, you will be able to experience what’s coming up with the latest Galaxy S5 through its modded S5 UI, S5 icons, and even S5 apps pulled from a real S5 such as S Note, S Translator, and calculator.
For those of you with GT-i9500 Galaxy S4, your long wait is over for Android 4.4 KitKat. Although there were many beta builds available since Android 4.4 KitKat came out, there hasn’t been one yet stable enough to run as daily driver. Well, CM11 ROM is still experimental but everything is working out of the box except video camcorder, wifi tether, and some issues with calls. That might be a deal breaker for some of you but the latest CM11 ROM packs Android 4.4.2 along with very zippy speeds and all the KitKat goodness baked in. It shouldn’t be too long
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
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.