This tutorial is for those of you with Loki’d unlocked bootloader on the AT&T SGH-i337 or Verizon SCH-i545, DO NOT FOLLOW THIS GUIDE IF YOU HAVE ANDROID 4.3 OR HIGHER ON AT&T OR VERIZON. If you already have CWM or TWRP recovery installed, that means you can follow this guide. If you have Safestrap recovery, that means your phone is on the locked bootloader so DO NOT FOLLOW THIS GUIDE!
For those of you who have been waiting for Android 5.0.1 Lollipop stock firmwares for the GT-i9500 international Galaxy S4, there are several available now, listed on our Galaxy S4 stock firmware page at bottom.
If your country isn’t listed, you can also cross-country flash (install other country firmware) so long as you have same GT-i9500 model number. Also, rooting has not changed, you can use our original root guide to root your S4 after updating.
For this week’s Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 ROM of the Week, check out the latest Euphoria OS ROM.
Based on latest Android 5.1.1, the Euphoria OS ROM allow you to enjoy the best of latest Android 5.1.1, which comes with added stability, fast performance, and great battery life. The ROM itself is faster than any other custom ROM I’ve tried so far as far as the UI and how fast apps run without any overclocking. You can really feel the difference when running Android 5.1.1.
Surprisingly, Samsung has update the Galaxy S4 GT-i9505 with latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop stock firmware. Although their usual software support stops at around 2 years or so it seems has Samsung has decided to lengthen the updates a bit more.
Currently the Android 5.0.1 TouchWiz Lollipop stock firmwares are available for many international Galaxy S4 with GT-i9505, mostly in the European countries. You can download all GT-i9505 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop stock firmwares here.
For those of you with a Qualcomm-based Galaxy S4, you are in luck this week as the GPE (Google Play Edition) 5.0.1 Lollipop ROM is available. This will work on the GT-i9505, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and Canadian models.
For AT&T and Verizon S4, you do need to have loki’d device, if you have CWM or TWRP installed you are good to go (but DOES NOT WORK WITH SAFESTRAP!!!). This is also a custom version by XDA user Danvdh, who is an excellent ROM developer who has been making many ROMs for the last few years.
For those of you wondering and waiting when Android 5.0 Lollipop will be here for the Galaxy S4, we have good news, it is already available! The bad news? It is still in beta, that means developers are still working out kinks.
For GT-i9500 users, this means everything working except 3G data, NFC, and camera. For users with Qualcomm-based LTE S4 (like GT-i9505, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular, Cricket, MetroPCS), everything works except NFC and camera.
For this week’s Galaxy S4 ROM of the Week, check out LiquidSmooth ROM.
Based on latest Android 4.4.4, the latest LiquidSmooth ROM v3.2 brings you the best in Android 4.4.4 along with slew of customization/features through its LiquidSmooth ROM settings.
The LiquidSmooth ROM v3.2 is available for the Qualcomm-based variants of Galaxy S4 (such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Canadian, Cricket, MetroPCS, and US Cellular) but cannot be installed if you are using SafeStrap recovery. Also there is no LiquidSmooth ROM based on latest KitKat for GT-i9500 (sorry!).
For those of you who envy Galaxy S5 owners, did you know that you can get many of the Galaxy S5 features on your Galaxy S4 by rooting and installing custom ROMs?
Currently, there’s actually a slew of custom ROMs that’s been ported straight from Galaxy S5 and they will make your Galaxy S4 have S5 features like Ultra Power Saving Mode, S5 apps, S5 lockscreen, S5 launcher, and more.
For this week’s AOSP ROM of the Week, check out Gummy ROM!
Latest stable Gummy ROM is out dubbed “M3”, which will give you stability of milestone release along with everything working out of the box. Gummy ROM has always been one of my favorite ROMs, what I like about it is that it comes with a slew of great customization/tweaks along with great battery life/performance.
For those of you complaining there’s not enough Sprint S4 custom ROMs for your Sprint S4, we have some good news for you. You can easily install any Verizon S4 custom ROMs on your Sprint S4 as well. Yes, we are talking about TouchWiz Android 4.4.2 ROMs.
UPDATE: This method also works fine on Sprint Note 3 (flash Verizon Note 3 ROM on Sprint Note 3). Tested working fine also on Sprint S5 (flash Verizon S5 ROM), Sprint S3 (flash Verizon S3 ROM). DOES NOT WORK ON Sprint Note 2!