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For this week’s Galaxy S4 ROM of the week, check out CM10.2 ROM, Android 4.3 CyanogenMod ROM. This ROM is available for AT&T, T-Mobile, Canadian, Verizon, US Cellular, GT-i9505, GT-9500.
In case you don’t know, CyanogenMod ROM is an AOSP ROM (What is AOSP?) that’s usually the beast of them all as custom ROMs like ParanoidAndroid and AOKP are built on top of CyanogenMod ROM.
Well, how are these builds? Although these builds are “beta” and considered full of bugs, I found them pretty solid out of the box, both Focal and stock AOSP camera working, especially for the AT&T, T-Mobile, Canadian, US Cellular, and GT-i9505 builds. The GT-i9500 build seem to be a bit buggy, randomly rebooting at times and I couldn’t get the camera working right.
Overall, you will get an Android 4.3 custom ROM with CyanogenMod features like DSP Manager and some customizations like your lockscreen shortcuts, button shortcuts, and some more. I would highly recommend it (even though it’s beta) to those of you with AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Canandian, US Cellular, or GT-i9505 Galaxy S4.
Of course, since this is an AOSP ROM you will lose all of your Samsung features so this ain’t for everyone but for those of you who must have the best of pure Android. However, you can always give it a try for couple days then restore your current ROM back easily by using CWM or TWRP recovery, my recommended method for noobs.
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!