Android 4.4.2 stock firmware has been pushed out to non-rooted users in the last few weeks and for those of you who have not upgraded via OTA (over-the-air), you might actually be in a better position than those who did. First, the Android 4.4.2 stock firmware update brings you an updated 4.4.2 bootloader, which may not allow you to downgrade to Jelly Bean custom ROMs. That being said, you can still enjoy the best and latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware thanks to XDA user Fenny, who has crafted a CWM-flashable version you can use along with root.
For those of you early-adapters who need to get Android 4.4 KitKat ROM with root for your Galaxy S4, you can do it now thanks to CM11 (CyanogenMod 11) ROM. The latest CM11 ROM ships with Android 4.4 KitKat, bringing you pretty much everything from Android 4.4 plus some extra Cyanogen features. In my testing, the CM11 ROM does quite well and everything works out of the box although it’s still a “beta” custom ROM. Camera/camcorder works fine (which you can add PhotoSphere by swapping with Android 4.3 camera) along with 4G LTE/HSPA+/wifi/bluetooth, and I
For this week’s Verizon Galaxy S4 ROM of the week, check out the latest Android 4.3 MJ7. This is ONLY for those of you who’ve rooted your Verizon S4 while on MD4 firmware, if you have ME7 or MJ7 rooted Verizon S4, this will NOT WORK!!! Since Verizon has been locking down on root latestly with ME7 and MJ7 stock firmwares, MD4 users will lose their native CWM or TWRP by unrooting and installing the latest MJ7 stock firwmare. Our best advice to instead install a rooted Android 4.3 MJ7 ROM such as this one so you can keep your native CWM/TWRP and have the lates
For those of you who want root on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, here’s an easy way to do it. Before we begin, this root method is for the latest firmware ending in UCUAMF3 (check this under Settings->About device). If you have a newer firmware, this root method may or may not work (I have no way to tell since I don’t have a time machine.) but should be safe to do. To root your Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, simply download the APK file geohot.com/activeroot and install the app.
Since, everyone seems to be asking me if there’s root method for AT&T Galaxy S4 MF3 (and I don’t think I can respond back anymore to the same question over and over again), you can root it using Verizon ME7 root method! For those of you already rooted, I suggest you do not update to the latest MF3 firmware as you will be able to root it but you won’t be able to install custom ROMs as there’s no way to install custom recovery yet!
For those of you who just picked up a brand, new Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-i545, there’s a root method out now. Currently, Verizon Galaxy S4 bootloader is locked, meaning you cannot use CWM or TWRP root method. Also, the VRUAMDK kernel on the Verizon Galaxy S4 comes with SU-co*k-block which makes it hard to root. *UPDATE: There’s is a different root method for ME7, please see How to Root for Verizon Galaxy S4 on Build VRUAME7!
For those of you having problems with the latest UVUAMDL firmware, this is because T-Mobile has added a SetUID restriction on the kernel. This can easily be solved by flashing a stock kernel with the restriction removed. MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON UVUAMDL build OTHERWISE THIS KERNEL WILL BREAK THINGS IN YOUR PHONE! After using ODIN to flash CWM or TWRP, boot into CWM or TWRP recovery and flash this s
After rooting your Galaxy S4 with CWM method, I highly suggest you to make a backup ROM before you start installing a custom ROM or anything else. What is a backup ROM? Backing up your ROM will back up your whole system including your apps, app settings, and everything except your personal media such as photos and videos. Having a backup ROM makes it easy to recover your phone when something goes wrong such as bootloops. So, if you did root your Galaxy S4 using CWM method, here’s how to backup and restore ROM on your Galaxy S4.
First, what does rooting Galaxy S4 mean? Rooting Galaxy S4 means that you gain admin access to your phone, sorta like having admin access/username for your Windows/Mac/Linux computer. In layman’s terms, you are basically getting 100% control over the Galaxy S4 you already paid for. What does rooting Galaxy S4 do for you? You will be able to run rooted app such as the DSLR Controller app, which requires root (or full admin access) and you will be able to use your Galaxy S4 as a Liveview monitor for your Canon DSLR camera. This is just one example where root can unloc
Here’s Galaxy S4 Glossary for those of you new to rooting Galaxy S4 and custom ROMs. Why Root Galaxy S4? – For those of you who don’t understand why people root their Galaxy S4, here’s some reasons into why. What is a Galaxy S4 Custom ROM? – With a rooted Galaxy S4, you have to ability to install custom ROMs, which add new features to your phone. Click Here to Read Full Article