Making things a bit easier!- that’s what we try to do here at DroidViews. Whether it be a rooting tutorial, a mod, hack or even a complicated topic, it’s always the primary concern for us to present these things to our visitors in a simpler way by explaining them in detail. A few weeks back we were one of the first to come up with a working rooting tutorials for various models of the Galaxy S4. A couple of days ago we started a ROM review series for the Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 that will be updated at regular interval as new custom ROMs for thed device arrive.
Today we have come with another article where we’ll be giving place to some of the best ROMs for Galaxy S4 GT-I9505. Needless to say, all ROMs will be duly tested on various measures such as performance, battery life, stability and options for customization. So, it’s a kind of of “survival of the fittest” article that will help you pick a good custom ROM without being overwhelmed by the variety and number available over the net and forums.
Though we have tried to put our best effort to bring together some of the best custom ROMs for the Galaxy S4 GT-I9505, we cannot assert that all of you will agree with our selection. Everybody sees the world with his own glasses. We respect all ROM developers who selflessly work day and night to give us more reasons to love the green bot. As Shakespeare has said, “there is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
Activities like flashing a custom ROMs is considered risky and if you are careless, it might brick your device too. We warn you to keep away from such things if you do not understand what it is all about. Do not blame the respected developers or us if any mishap takes place which, in most cases, is the outcome of a mistake made by the user. Before you proceed with installing a custom ROM, we strongly recommend you to read the following article to get a fair idea of the whole business.
Please note that to be able to install a custom ROM on your Galaxy S4 GT-I9505, you need to root it and install a custom recovery like ClockworkMod or TWRP first. If you have not done it yet, you can do it now using our easy tutorial:
Developer: Indie (Donate)
It’s not just a coincidence why Omega ROM by Indie falls first in this list, though it’s not really a countdown sort of article. If you have used any of the Galaxy flagships onward Galaxy S2 and have ever flashed a custom ROM on those devices, you must be familiar with this extremely popular piece of work. Its popularity is enough to prove its worthiness.
I have been using this ROM on a number of Galaxy devices since the S2 days and it is one of my favourites because it lets you enjoy the look and feel of stock TouchWiz without any pudding from outside and yet it successfully keeps away from most drawbacks due to which people wish to run away from TouchWiz. Yes, I am talking about the lag delays!
Indie has removed most of the undesirable bloats and thus you get a cleaner app drawer and more free RAM. Omega ROM has been tweaked to give you much faster performance with better efficiency and the same old stability that has always been associated with its name. As for battery life, it depend on how you use your phone but if you compare the battery performance between the stock TW firmware and Omega with the same kind of use, the latter comes formward as a clear winner. Try this ROM and you won’t be disappointed!
Download: Latest Omega ROM Here
How to Install: Click Here for Instructions
WiFi Connectivity Issue Fix:
In case you see any problems with WiFi connection after installing this ROM, download the I9505XXUBMF8 Modem file and install it using Odin3 3.04. Click on Phone button on Odin and select this file.
Developer: CyanogenMod Team (Donate)
The very name “CyanogenMod” has become more of a brand when it comes to AOSP based custom ROMs. It is the the most original ROM for Android devices that is available for almost all devices, officially or unofficially. After the launch of the Galaxy S4, there were rumors that Samsung’s new flagship will not get CM but now it is available.
If you love the austerity of pure Android experience without toppings and superficial flavor and Samsung bloats, CyanogenMod ROM might be the ultimate choice for you. It’s light and it’s fast! The ROM is updated on nightly basis that is usually experimental and contains newest features but it is not stable. While downloading the CM ROM for your Galaxy S4 GT-I9505, make sure you get the latest stable version for better and less buggy performance. As a bonus, with CyanogenMod installed on your phone, you can enjoy hundreds of beautiful fee and paid theme that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to test this ROM because it has surfaced officially yet. However, my blind creed in the CM pushed me reserve a corner for it. Hopefully, it’ll be available in a couple of days.
Download: Latest Stable Build of CM for GT-I9505
Latest Google Apps: Download Here
How to Install: Click Here for Instructions
Developer: raffaele88 (Donate)
If you love the look and feel of AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and the features of stock Samsung TouchWiz UX, FoxHound GearEngine ROM is something you must not miss. The simply elegant dark holo look pervades all parts of the user interface, from the Nexus4 home launcher to the theming of other system elements. FoxHound lets you enjoy all those features and gimmicks that persuaded you to buy your Galaxy S4.
Another interesting thing about the FoxHound ROM is the dedicated settings called FoxHound Settings which is a hub a number of utilities that allow you to change the look and feel of the phone. The Xposed framework + module lets you further add your own individual touch in customizing your Galaxy S4.
Though the ROM is still in beta stage, it is remarkably stable. It performs nicely and yields decent battery life.
Download: Latest FoxHound ROM for GT-I9505
How to Install: Click Here
PAC is made of joining the first alphabets of three great ROMs for Android devices. It stands for ParanoidAndroid+Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) and CyanogenMod (CM). So the very name of the ROM proclaims what the PAC ROM actually is! It combines some of the best things found in the aforementioned sources and combines them all into a new unique whole.
The ROM is already available for a range of Android devices and now it is available for our Galaxy S4 GT-I9505. A clean lockscreen with an attractive weather widget, the coveted PIE launcher, the multi-DPI settings, ROM Control panel, support for CyanogenMod themes, and various options for customization- these are some of the things that can draw anybody who loves the pure Android look and feel with extended functionalities.
The ROM is light in size and heavy in features. Since it is not a Samsung’s TouchWiz based ROM, you will not be able to use the gimmicks and features found in the Galaxy S4 with stock firmware. If you love speed, smoothness, themes, innovative features and hate bloatwares, you are sure to love the PAC ROM. As for the battery performance, it is decent and far more better than you get with official ROM installed on your phone.
PAC JB 4.2.2 v22.4.0: Link
Google Apps: Download the latest GApps zip for PA from here
More ROMs to be added soon!