For this week’s Galaxy S4 ROM of the Week, check out LiquidSmooth ROM.
Based on latest Android 4.4.4, the latest LiquidSmooth ROM v3.2 brings you the best in Android 4.4.4 along with slew of customization/features through its LiquidSmooth ROM settings.
The LiquidSmooth ROM v3.2 is available for the Qualcomm-based variants of Galaxy S4 (such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Canadian, Cricket, MetroPCS, and US Cellular) but cannot be installed if you are using SafeStrap recovery. Also there is no LiquidSmooth ROM based on latest KitKat for GT-i9500 (sorry!).
LiquidSmooth ROM is an AOSP ROM (What is AOSP?) that will turn your Galaxy S4 into a pure Google Nexus device. Of course, you will lose all inherent TouchWiz features such as Air Gestures, 64GB microSD card support (AOSP ROMs only support up to 32GB in FAT32 format usually) but for what you get in customization with LiquidSmooth ROM will certainly make up for it. This isn’t for everyone of course but you get the idea and you can always backup your favorite TouchWiz ROM, try LiquidSmooth, then go back to your old ROM if you absolutely don’t like it much.
Overall, LiquidSmooth ROM will bring you up to speed on what Google is doing with the latest Android 4.4.4 along with different ways to make your Galaxy S4 better/smarter so definitely give this guy a go this week(end) 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!