I know many of you have been e-mailing me to death asking about MF9 update on the Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L720. Well, I don’t recommend any OTA updates once you root but wait for custom ROMs such as this TriForce ROM, which comes with the update and also without the bloatware by the same developer UnknownForce who made the Force ROM.
If you are looking for a custom Android 4.2.2 ROM that gives you an entirely different experience than TouchWiz, Google Play Edition, and AOSP, definitely there’s a ROM for that called MIUI ROM.
For those of you new to custom ROMs on Android, MIUI is built by Chinese company Xaiomi, who got their feet wet on Android by making their own skinned version of Android different from everyone else. (Xaiomi did go a step further and now makes Xaiomi phones you can buy in China.)
For this week’s GT-i9500 ROM of the week, check out Crash ROM by XDA developer Crash 1976.
I’ve used Crash ROM before on my Galaxy Note 1 and Note 2 and the developer of this ROM is pretty talented to say the least in making some awesome, stable ROMs.
Crash ROM is a bit similar to WanamLite ROM but slightly different. This version of Crash ROM for the GT-i9500 S4 comes slightly themed in blue along with goodies like Screen-off NFC, Sony Album (much faster than S4 Gallery), lots of wallpapers, CRT-off animation, call button in Contacts, and best of all, no bloatware.
Wicked ROM version 4 is out now and you can now install this ROM on AT&T, T-Mobile, GT-i9505, and Sprint Galaxy S4s. (I’ve tested all of them working fine 100%)
For this week’s Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L720 ROM of the week, check out the latest version of Force ROM.
Force ROM is based on MDL Sprint firmware and comes with KTweaker/Ktoonseze kernel with support for overclocking up to 2.3Ghz.
For this week’s Verizon Galaxy S4 ROM of the week, check out Eclipse S4 ROM by XDA recognized developer Nitroglycerine33.
If you are looking for TouchWiz stock stability with AOSP look, Eclipse S4 ROM is definitely the ROM for you. It’s a “hybrid” ROM that gives you the best of TouchWiz and AOSP.
For those of you who trying the Google Play Edition ROM with Android 4.3, we have some good news, you can now get full root on Android 4.3 thanks to ChainFire.
Chainfire has posted a simple zip file you can flash in CWM/TWRP recovery to give you full root on Android 4.3.
To root your Android 4.3, simply download the rooting zip file and flash in CWM or TWRP recovery as shown in video.
Google has finally released the Google Play Edition of Galaxy S4 last week and you are in luck because developers has already ported as a custom ROM for most of the Galaxy S4 models including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Canadian, and GT-i9505. (GT-i9500 users will have to wait a bit longer)
So if you’ve cracked your screen on a brand, new Galaxy S4 and feel miserable perhaps because you don’t even have insurance, there’s actually a way to replace the screen glass only.
Now, for this to work, you must have a broken screen ONLY, if your digitizer is not working, this method will not work! To test this out, see if you notice any cracks in the digitizer layer under the glass layer. Also, check to see if your touchscreen is working. If you only notice cracks on the outer glass layer and also your touchscreen is working fine, you can use this method to replace the glass only and revive your Galaxy S4 for just about $20 USD.