For those of you with a Qualcomm-based Galaxy S4, you are in luck this week as the GPE (Google Play Edition) 5.0.1 Lollipop ROM is available. This will work on the GT-i9505, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and Canadian models.
For AT&T and Verizon S4, you do need to have loki’d device, if you have CWM or TWRP installed you are good to go (but DOES NOT WORK WITH SAFESTRAP!!!). This is also a custom version by XDA user Danvdh, who is an excellent ROM developer who has been making many ROMs for the last few years.
Inside you will find everything you would find with Android 5.0 Lollipop plus a bit of customization including battery, boot animation, buttons (you can enable soft buttons and disable hard buttons), clock, music controls, network traffic, and status bar.
Not only that, this ROM comes with an AROMA graphical installer, allowing you to easily choose from three different cameras (I recommend the OnePlus One camera as you can store your photos/videos in SD card and also has HDR mode).
GPE, Google Play Edition is much more solid and stable way to go if you want to experience Android 5.0 Lollipop without all the bugs and whatnot. So, definitely give it a go this weekend and do let me know what you think!
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!