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 including HALO, Active Display, Gesture Anywhere, Shake Events (Shake your phone to launch an app or turn on flashlight!), Battery Save Mode, PIE Controls, custom animations, and much more.
Overall, BeanStalk ROM is an excellent daily-driver for your GT-i9500, so definitely check it out this week(end) and do let me know what you think!
Download BeanStalk ROM for Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 (PLEASE DO NOT INSTALL UNLESS YOU HAVE GT-i9500!!!)
Download Android 4.4.4 Gapps (DO NOT USE OLDER GAPPS!!!)
To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Gapps, and reboot. (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop, reboot into recovery, go to Advanced Wipe for TWRP or Mounts & Storage for CWM, format/wipe /system, then re-install ROM.)
What is a Custom ROM?
A custom ROM is a custom, modified operating system that you can install on your Android device. Basically it's like installing Windows OS on a Macbook. By installing a custom ROM, you can bypass stock factory settings like locked hotspot tether, install new Android versions early, or even convert your phone into another OS.
With a custom ROM, you can really maximize the capabilities of your smartphone by adding custom features that have been developed by open source developers.
How to Install Custom ROMs
First, you will need to root your device, if it is not rooted yet, follow our root tutorial and root your phone.
Once rooted, you should have TWRP installed on your phone. Installation of a custom ROM is easy if you learn the basic of it. If you don't know how to install custom ROMs using TWRP recovery, see our tutorial on How to Install Custom ROM using TWRP!