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).
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!!!)
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 this week’s Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 ROM of the Week, check out the latest Euphoria OS ROM.
Based on latest Android 5.1.1, the Euphoria OS ROM allow you to enjoy the best of latest Android 5.1.1, which comes with added stability, fast performance, and great battery life. The ROM itself is faster than any other custom ROM I’ve tried so far as far as the UI and how fast apps run without any overclocking. You can really feel the difference when running Android 5.1.1.
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 those of you haven’t heard, Android 4.4.3 is already out since last week and if you want to experience the latest Android 4.4.3 with full root, you can do so with the latest CM11 (CyanogenMod) ROM!
And no, you don’t have to wait for official firmwares to come out from Samsung, which will probably take weeks or months more from now on.
For those of you who want to root your AT&T SGH-i337 Galaxy S4, Verizon SCH-i545 Galaxy S4, or Galaxy S4 Active on Android 4.4.2, there’s finally a new root method that will root your S4. This root method also works on all Galaxy S4 models and does NOT trip Knox!
Towelroot also works on many other Android devices including Galaxy S3, Note 2, and most Samsung Galaxy devices. Towelroot is very safe to try so give it a try even if you don’t have Galaxy S4.
I know some of you asked me for the stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware for those of you on older MDK bootloader with Verizon Galaxy S4. Well, there’s a ROM for that!
Yes, this stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM comes with root and also AROMA graphical installer which allows you to choose every app installed on your Verizon S4. In fact, you can remove every Samsung/Verizon app if you want to.
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.
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.