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For those of you with Sprint SPH-L720 or GT-i9505 Galaxy S4, you are in luck as ported versions of AOKP ROM is available for each of your devices.
If you don’t know what AOKP ROM is, it’s an AOSP ROM (What is AOSP?) along with added UI customization and more.
Google has announced the launch of Galaxy S4 with pure Android OS, basically AOKP ROM is like that but with much more cool stuff.
If you want to know what AOKP ROM Control Settings can do, read up on our tutorial for that here.
By installing AOKP ROM, you will lose any Samsung TouchWiz features like Smart Scroll, Air Gestures, and even IR remote control capabilities as this is an AOSP ROM. (It may be supported in the future although not guaranteed)
I know many of you who don’t like TouchWiz and want to run pure Android OS. If you are one of those people, definitely this is the custom ROM for you.
Otherwise, you can also make a backup of your current ROM using CWM or TWRP recovery and try it out.
For those of you flasholics, give this AOKP ROM a try this week(end) and do let me know how it works out for you!
For installation, see our custom ROM installation guide.
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!