For this week’s ROM of the week, also check out Insane KitKat ROM for Galaxy S4, available for T-mobile SGH-M919, Canadian, and GT-i9505 variants.
Based on latest T-Mobile Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware, Insane KitKat ROM brings you a ton of fun customization through its AROMA installer and through various different Xposed modules, which you can also choose which ones to install. (You can watch the latter half of the video above for the AROMA installer choice.)
Insane KitKat ROM is brought to you by XDA user “The Sickness”, part of Deviant Development Team, who also launched the Wicked ROM. Certainly, these guys can make some awesome “sick” ROMs that’s going to wow you with custom boot animations, themes, and more.
Insane KitKat ROM features KNOX and bloatware-free base along with performance enhancements to make your S4 perform faster with better battery life. And yes, since it’s a T-Mobile ROM, you do get Wifi-Calling for those who absolutely cannot live without it. (And yes, if you insert a T-Mobile SIM into GT-i9505 or Canadian S4 with this ROM, you can actually use Wifi-Calling on non-T-Mobile phones too, did you know that? It can come in handy when you are overseas and you want to make international calls at domestic rates.)
Insane KitKat ROM also comes with S5 features like S5 launcher (if you choose in AROMA installer), S5 togglers, and S5 apps like Calculator/WatchOn/Scrapbook. You also have choice of some insanely cool system animations, there’s a bunch to choose from in AROMA installer, (Try “Insane” or “Sickness” if you want something super sick and wild!)
For customizing your S4, Insane KitKat ROM includes some excellent choice of Xposed modules such as Wanam Xposed, Nottach Xposed, Tweakbox, XBlast, Ex Themer, and some more.
For camera, you do have option of adding CyanogenMod CM camera, Google camera, Moto X camera, or Lenovo camera along with the regular S4 camera.
For launcher, you can choose from 5×6 TouchWiz launcher, Apex/Nova, KitKat launcher, Windows 8 launcher, Xperia, S5 launcher, or stock S4 launcher.
Overall, Insane KitKat ROM is geared towards those of you who want to have a choice in being able to install your own features using a highly-detailed AROMA graphical installer. If you want, you can even run it near stock-like simply by not installing any of these features. But I really do like the themes and customization on it so definitely give this ROM a test drive over the week(end) and let me know what you think!
Download Insane KitKat ROM for Galaxy S4(for T-Mobile SGH-M919, GT-i9505, and Canadian S4)
Download T-Mobile NB4 Modem (install this using ODIN if you are having trouble with signal) (This should also be compatible with Canadian S4.)
Download GT-i9505 NC9 Modem (install this using ODIN if you are having trouble with signal)
You may not have to update the modem but if you are having signal problems after installing ROM, you probably need to update the modem.
Modem Installation Instructions:
To install modem, put your phone into ODIN download mode. Then use ODIN to flash the modem. Select the “PDA” or “AP” slot then find the modem file ending in .tar. Make sure to untick auto-reboot. Then when you see “PASS!” in ODIN, take the battery out and put it into Download mode again then flash the modem one more time. Then take the battery out and reboot manually.
To install, reboot into recovery, make a backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, and reboot. For general installation tutorial, see our custom ROM installation guide.
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Download Flash Player APK (if you want flash player)
If you want to run your apps in tablet/hybrid/custom DPI mode, see our Xposed App Settings guide.
If you want PIE Controls, see our LMT Pie Control guide.
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!