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.
Other notable features include support for all languages (including Arabic right-to-left), Bloatware/Knox free, and a slew of root apps including Wanam Xposed (for tweaking your UI), Light Manager, Xposed Torch, USB Mass Storage (for connecting your microSD cards to devices that require USB Mass storage mode such as your car), auto call-recording, App Hider, and some more.
Overall, Hassan ROM is an excellent choice over the stock KitKat Android 4.4.2 firmware, which is much too laggy and filled with bloatware you don’t want. So, if you are still on Jelly Bean or stock KitKat firmware, definitely give this ROM a try this week(end) and let me know what you think!
To install this ROM, reboot into CWM or TWRP recovery, make a backup ROM (so you can restore your old ROM if something goes wrong), do a factory reset/wipe (if not coming from TouchWiz ROM), install ROM, and reboot.
Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer of this ROM or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!
For UI customization, you can use Wanam Xposed app, see our instructions here.
Download Flash Player APK (if you want flash player use with Dolphin browser)
DownloadAndroid 4.3 PhotoSphere (if you want photosphere, but may force close so make a backup of your Gallery app using Titanium Backup app before installing! )
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 on this ROM to enhance your music 100%.
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!