For this week’s Verizon Galaxy S4 ROM of the week, check out the ported version of Google Play Edition ROM with latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
This ported version (from GT-i9505) brings you a great deal of speed (through GPE AND KTweaker kernel) along with “pure” Google experience. Everything is working out of the box including data (to get 4G LTE working fully, dial “*#*#4636#*#*” then choose “LTE/CDMA/GSM”), Photosphere camera, and no additives added other than highly-tweakable KTweaker kernel, which comes with KTweaker app so you can easily overclock and undervolt your CPU/GPU.
For overclocking your CPU/GPU, I recommend around 2.106Ghz most for CPU and 600Mhz for the GPU. You can also undervolt higher frequencies slightly to get great speeds with great battery life (see video above for example on that).
Overall, Google Play Edition ROM isn’t full of AOKP ROM Control-like customization, then again it is super stable with lots of raw speed that’s going to make TouchWiz look like a baby crawling vs. an electric Tesla, what this ROM is like.
So, if you haven’t checked it out yet, definitely give it a test drive over the week(end) and do let me know what you think! (If you love speed, you will probably love this ROM though.)
NO Gapps needed, just flash ROM!
Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer of this ROM or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!
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!