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WanamLite ROM is now available for Galaxy S4 GT-i9500!
UPDATE: There’s a NEW version 2.0 out, CLICK HERE to see it instead of this!!!
UPDATE: 7/21/2013 Version 1.8 is out, which supports App2SD/HDR recording and comes with STweaks app.
One of the first custom ROMs available for the Galaxy S4 GT-i9500, WanamLite ROM is a proven ROM from XDA user Wanam who has been making solid and stable ROMs for many other Android smartphones like Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3.
Personally, this is one of my favorite ROMs on my other Android devices and it is now available for your Galaxy S4.
Since this is the very first version, you will not see as many features (as you will later down the road) but you still get cool stuff like Call Recording MOD, Adam kernel with tweaked CPU governor for better battery life, and all Samsung bloatware removed. (You can add them back easily by flashing removed apps zip file though.)
WanamLite ROM also ships with Adam kernel, which is pretty much stock kernel but with governor tweaks to give you extra, long battery life plus support for init.d scripts.
Other notable features include automatic SMS encoding with support for Arabic and other UTF-8 languages, disabled scrolling cache, enabled all languages, and more free RAM over stock 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!