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For this week’s Galaxy S4 ROM of the week, check out BlackBox ROM!
Based on latest GT-i9505 Android 4.2.2 MGA firmware, BlackBox ROM can be installed on AT&T, T-Mobile, Canadian, and GT-i9505 S4s. (For T-Mobile, you will lose Wifi Calling with this ROM.)
BlackBox ROM is geared towards brings you the best of TouchWiz and AOSP, bringing you all of Samsung core features while everything is AOSPed as much as possible. You will find inverted apps for Contacts, Dialer, Calculator, Clock, E-mail, G-Mail, MMS, YouTube, Music Player, Play Store, DropBox, and ES File Explorer apps.
BlackBox ROM also comes with nice, custom transition animations so you will have a refreshing UI instead of the same old look. As for launcher, you will get Apex launcher and no TouchWiz to be found anywhere.
The theme on BlackBox ROM is Vertumus’ JB Domination AOSP Theme which is fully blacked out with full AOSP status bar layout. MGA firmware on this ROM also gives you Samsung’s latest App2SD and HDR camera.
Last but not least, BlackBox ROM does offer a great level of customization through its BlackBox ROM Control settings, allowing you to fully control your UI and system shortcuts.
I know many of you appreciate these “hybrid” ROMs that mix the best of TouchWiz and AOSP and certainly BlackBox ROM is one of the few that I must say it’s pretty awesome.
If this is something you are looking for, definitely give it a go this week(end) and do let me know what you think.
Download BlackBox ROM for Galaxy S4 (for all AT&T/T-Mobile/Canadian/GT-i9505)
For AT&T users who have rooted before ME7, you need to install Loki-doki.zip after installing ROM. For those of you on ME7, you can try installing it with SafeStrap, I have no idea if this ROM boots or not but please do let me know if it does, I don’t see why not but again I have simply not tried yet.
For general installation tutorial, 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!