For those of you who want to try the latest Android 8.1 Oreo w/ root on your Samsung Galaxy S4, you can do it simply by installing TWRP recovery and installing latest beta version of Lineage OS ROM 15.1, which is based on latest Android 8.1 Oreo. While Samsung has stopped updating stopped updating past Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, you will still be able to enjoy the latest Android 8.1 Oreo. Now, this is an AOSP ROM(What is AOSP?), meaning you won’t be able to get any TouchWiz apps (Samsung apps that depend on Samsung firmware).
Category: GT-i9505 Galaxy S4 ROMs
For those of you looking to experience Android 6.0 Marshmallow with full root, I have good news for you. There’s a ROM by the JDC Team (Jflte DevConnection Team) that can be installed on all AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Canadian, GT-i9505,GT-i9507, and GT-i9508 variants. (For AT&T and Verizon, you MUST have older bootloader with CWM or TWRP recovery installed!!!)
Carbon ROM has been around for a quite awhile, we’ve covered Carbon ROM since the Jelly Bean days and it’s back in full force with latest Android 5.1.1.
For those of you looking for fast performance and great customization options on the latest Android 5.1.1, definitely check out the latest Carbon ROM, available for GT-i9505, AT&T SGH-i337, Canadian SGH-i337M, and T-Mobile SGH-M919. For AT&T, you must have unlocked bootloader to install this ROM.
Looking for a great Android 5.1.1 ROM with fast performance, great battery and excellent level of customization? Check out the latest Dirty Unicorns ROM, available for all Qualcomm-based variants of Galaxy S4 including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon, and GT-i9505. (Not available for GT-i9500 sorry!)
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Want to convert your Galaxy S4 into a Galaxy S6? If so, check out the S6 Port ROM by XDA user Albe95.
Based on latest Galaxy S6 SM-G920F Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware, S6 Port ROM brings you all the goodness of Lollipop and Galaxy S6 to your S4. You can install this on the international GT-i9505, T-Mobile SGH-M919, Canadian SGH-i337M, and AT&T SGH-i337 with unlocked bootloader.
Looking to revamp your Galaxy S4 with the latest and great Android OS? Tried TouchWiz Lollipop and disappointed?
Well, if you are in town for the latest Android 5.1.1, you can grab the latest CM12.1 ROM for your Galaxy S4.
For GT-i9505, T-Mobile SGH-M919, Verizon SCH-i545, and Canadian SGH-i337M, you will be able to enjoy the full Android 5.1.1 CM12.1 ROM. For AT&T and Sprint S4, you can try the CM12.1 with Android 5.1 ROM as fully-compatible Android 5.1.1 version is not out yet (but still almost identical). For GT-i9500, try Euphoria OS ROM instead!
For those of you with a Qualcomm-based Galaxy S4, you are in luck this week as the GPE (Google Play Edition) 5.0.1 Lollipop ROM is available. This will work on the GT-i9505, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and Canadian models.
For AT&T and Verizon S4, you do need to have loki’d device, if you have CWM or TWRP installed you are good to go (but DOES NOT WORK WITH SAFESTRAP!!!). This is also a custom version by XDA user Danvdh, who is an excellent ROM developer who has been making many ROMs for the last few years.
For those of you wondering and waiting when Android 5.0 Lollipop will be here for the Galaxy S4, we have good news, it is already available! The bad news? It is still in beta, that means developers are still working out kinks.
For GT-i9500 users, this means everything working except 3G data, NFC, and camera. For users with Qualcomm-based LTE S4 (like GT-i9505, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular, Cricket, MetroPCS), everything works except NFC and camera.
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!).
For those of you who envy Galaxy S5 owners, did you know that you can get many of the Galaxy S5 features on your Galaxy S4 by rooting and installing custom ROMs?
Currently, there’s actually a slew of custom ROMs that’s been ported straight from Galaxy S5 and they will make your Galaxy S4 have S5 features like Ultra Power Saving Mode, S5 apps, S5 lockscreen, S5 launcher, and more.