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I know many of you have been asking me for a good Google Play Edition ROM for the Galaxy S4. Well, if you own an AT&T SGH-i337, T-Mobile SGH-M919, Canadian SGH-i337M, or GT-i9505 S4, check out Virgin Google Play Edition ROM.
Virgin Google Play Edition ROM is built off Google Play Edition sources with features like Google Wallet working out of the box (no fiddling required), stock AOSP browser added (so you can easily add Flash Player), and custom reboot menu including hot boot (for quick reboots). Also, wifi tether works out of box (except T-mobile).
I find the Virgin ROM pretty solid out of the box, even includes an optimized stock kernel by renowned XDA developer Faux123 for better performance and battery life. I’ve actually tested this ROM over my vacation in LA last whole week and this is probably one of the best Google Play Edition ROMs I’ve tried and boy it’s FAST.
So, if you are looking for the best custom ROM that will turn your Galaxy S4 into full Google Play Edition S4 plus some additives you will not want to miss out on, check out Virgin ROM this week(end) and do let me know what you think!
Note: As for Verizon, I have tried many different builds but none of them have camera and networking flawless as this Virgin ROM, but I will have an update when I find one (and don’t hesitate to suggest one in the comments below if you find one first). For Sprint, check out the Google Play Edition ROM for Sprint Galaxy S4.
Download Virgin Google Play Edition ROM for Galaxy S4 (For all AT&T/T-Mobile/Canadian/GT-i9505)
To install, reboot into recovery, make a backup ROM wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, and reboot.
For AT&T, I didn’t install loki_doki.zip and booted up fine so just a basic install should work fine.
For general installation tutorial, see our custom ROM installation 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!