For this week’s Verizon Galaxy S4 ROM of the Week, check out Chaos ROM.
Based on latest Android 4.4.2 NE2 Firmware, Chaos ROM brings you the latest firmware along with S5 features. You can also install this ROM using SafeStrap or on older MDK bootloader.
During installation with AROMA graphical installer, you will be able to customize your own S5 apps you want to install including S5 launcher. You will also get 5 additional custom themes including S5 theme, Dark Blue KitKat, Holo Grey KitKat, Xperia, and Honeycomb themes. (You can always re-install ROM without wipe to change apps/themes later of course.
There’s also quick pull-up jab in the S5 launcher and the modded S5 launcher is super fast so you can say good bye to lag. Also, with KTweaker kernel, you will be able to overclock it to beasty 2.3Ghz! (But my recommendation is 2.16Ghz.) And yes, WiFi tethering works out of the box.
Chaos ROM also comes with its own Chaos Control to customize your S5 further. Some of my favorites include the floating multi-window where you can choose apps you want to launch in floating windows. Also you will find plenty of great Xposed modules like Wanam Xposed, Gravity Box, AOSP Pull Down, Xposed Installer, and some more. Make sure you install Xposed Framework using Xposed Installer and enable the modules first!
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!