For this week’s Galaxy S4 ROM of the Week, check out GPE ROM(Google Play Edition ROM), available for AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and GT-i9505. (But does not work on AT&T or Verizon users with locked bootloaders/SafeStrap sorry!)
Based on the latest Google Play Edition Android 4.4.4, GPE ROM brings you truly stable stock Android experience on your Galaxy S4.
For those of you who don’t know, Samsung sold “Google Play Edition” Galaxy S4, which comes with its own Google Play Edition firmware, basically built like Nexus phones to give you pure Google experience. With this GPE ROM, you can expect more stability than AOSP custom ROMs and no bugs.
This is great ROM for those of you who want to experience what pure Google OS is really like. It does not have any customization that AOSP ROMs bring but you can expect some great stability. Performance is nearly identical to AOSP ROMs in my testings, although I do see AOSP ROMs a bit faster, especially those that are overclocked.
Personally, this isn’t a ROM for me as I like to customize my phone but if you are looking for pure Google experience, definitely check out GPE ROM for your Galaxy S4 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!