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For this week’s GT-i9505 ROM of the week, check out latest BobCat ROM version 5.1. You can install this custom ROM on AT&T, T-Mobile, GT-i9505, and Canadian Galaxy S4s.
Latest BobCat ROM v5.1 ships with even more features than before, looking faster than ever, and certainly one of the best stable, custom ROMs out there you can install that’s based on TouchWiz.
BobCat ROM v5.1 is based on latest Android 4.2.2 XXUDMH8 firmware, which means it will have App2SD and HDR camera support. Also, instead of 3Minit app, BobCat ROM now ships with Xposed Wanam app, which is just as good and you can customize your UI/system fully with it such as enable lockscreen rotation, change clock options, enable call recording, and much much more.
One of the things I really like about BobCat ROM is the fact that wifi tethering works flawless out of the box. I was having some trouble with T-Mobile-based custom ROMs but with BobCat ROM running on T-Mobile Galaxy S4, tethering is completely working.
Other notable features include custom pulldown images (which you can change also with UpdateMe app, see video for that), NFC enabled while screen off (by using Wanam Xposed app), 4 different kernels to choose from (in AROMA installer), custom theme (with custom keyboard), and a ton more.
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!