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For those of you with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Canadian, or GT-i9505 Galaxy S4, check out Gummy ROM with Android 4.4 KitKat for this week.
Based on latest Android 4.4 KitKat sources, Gummy ROM brings you one of the most complete Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROMs out there along with a good level of customization.
First, Gummy ROM has camera, camcorder, WiFi, bluetooth, 4G LTE data, IR Blaster (use 3rd party IR remote apps on Play Store to control your TV), YouTube, video replay, and more working out of the box. Actually, I have not seen anything broke on this ROM yet.
Second, Gummy ROM comes with Gummy Interface in Settings menu to give you a good level of customization on your status bar (battery icon/date), notification drawer, hardware keys, navigation bar, lockscreen, performance, and more. Also, wifi tethering works out of the box for those who need it badly.
For performance, Gummy ROM ships with its own Elite kernel with overclocking support up to 2.268Ghz!
Sounds too good to be true? Well, honestly this is the best Android 4.4 KitKat ROM you can install on your Galaxy S4 “right now” so definitely hit ’em up over the week(end) and do let me know how KitKat tastes while all non-rooters are complaining they are stuck on Samsung Jelly Bean. (Don’t get jealous, root your own S4 and install this ROM.)
Download Gummy ROM Android 4.4 Gapps (DO NOT USE PA 4.4 GAPPS, CAMERA WILL BREAK!!!)
Download Google Home APK (Download and Install this using ES File Explorer after installing ROM to get Google Now Home working in launcher.)
To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Gapps, and reboot. (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop, reboot into recovery, go to Advanced Wipe for TWRP or Mounts & Storage for CWM, format/wipe /system, then re-install ROM.)
You may have to use CWM 18.104.22.168 or higher for installing all Android 4.4 KitKat ROMs. If having trouble with installation, use ROM Manager to update or grab CWM Recovery ZIP here you can flash with your existing custom recovery. (No update needed for Loki recovery on ATT/Verizon, I was able to install fine. Not sure on Safestrap, I am testing it right now should have results soon.)
Download Flash Player APK (if you want flash player use with Dolphin browser)
DownloadAndroid 4.3 PhotoSphere (if you want photosphere, but may force close so make a backup of your Gallery app using Titanium Backup app before installing! )
If you want PIE Controls, see our LMT Pie Control guide.
If you want some awesome audio, check out Viper4Audio FX MOD, which you can install on this ROM to enhance your music 100%. (Works fine on Android 4.4 tested on this ROM.)
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!