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!
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!