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For this week’s AOSP ROM of the Week (What is AOSP?), check out Carbon ROM based on Android 4.3.
What is Carbon ROM?
Carbon ROM is a custom AOSP ROM with lots of UI customization and tools to run your ROM efficiently. Similar to AOKP ROM, Carbon ROM provides its own ROM Control-like customization through “Carbon Fibers” in Settings to allow the user to fully customize the ROM to their liking.
The latest version of Carbon ROM I’ve tried also has some excellent performance/battery life out of the box, you will not be disappointed if you need some more speed/battery life out of your S4.
Camera is also working great out of the box, you get Android 4.3 camera and Focal camera. You can get PhotoSphere working also by simply installing the Android 4.3 PhotoSphere APK.
Overall, Carbon ROM has a nice mix of features and performance so if you are looking for a good, stable Android 4.3 ROM, try Carbon ROM this week(end) and do let me know what you think!
Download Android 4.3 Gapps (DO NOT USE 4.2 Gapps!!!)
To install, reboot into recovery, make a backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Gapps, and reboot.
For general installation tutorial, see our custom ROM installation guide.
For Canadian S4, use the GT-i9505 version.
To fix broken Google Now Search, update “Google Search” app in Play Store to fix.
Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer of this ROM or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!
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