Top Custom ROM’s for your Samsung Galaxy S4 GT I9500
Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4 got good response from customers when it was launched last year in 2013. Samsung has launched a new successor to it, the Galaxy S5 which comes with host of features leaving Galaxy S4 users fuming. There are various Custom ROM’s for your Galaxy S4 GT-I9500, even running KitKat 4.4.2. So stay till the end of the post to find out which Custom ROM suits your needs the best.
Here we list the best Custom ROM’s for your Galaxy S4 GT I9500 . Tech Race is not responsible in any way if you brick your phone. Ensure that you have a minimum of 75% charging before you start the flashing process and take full backup. We recommend Titanium Backup to backup your data and phone which can be downloaded from Play Store here.
To flash the Custom ROM’s given, you can simply follow these general steps (or head to particular ROM’s):
- Download the ROM zip
- Copy it on your SD Card
- Enter CWM Recovery ( by pressing volume up+ home key + power )
- Select “Wipe data/factory reset”
- Select “Wipe Cache partition”
- Select “Wipe Dalvik Cache”
- Select “Install Zip from SD Card” and choose the ROM zip file which you had downloaded.
- Wait till the process completes. After completion, your device will reboot and will optimize your apps. Note that it will take some time.
1. PAC-Man ROM running KitKat 4.4.2
This ROM is built on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and has the best features and and tweaks from various other ROM’s like CyanogenMod. PAC-Man ROM for Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 runs on latest version of Android KitKat 4.4.2. Google is reportedly working on KitKat 4.4.3 fixing various bugs with 4.4.2. This is official ROM and developer also provides OTA updates.
Here are the list of features of PAC-Man ROM:
All in One Rom [Core features from PA, AOKP and CM]
PAC in Black
Status bar tweaks
Quick Settings Panel tweaks
Notification Drawer tweaks
Recents RAM Bar
Latest Version Nightly Builds
2. Omega v20 running KitKat 4.4.2
Omega v20 is one of the most stable ROM and it gets updated frequently with v20 bringing bug fixes and performance enhancements. This ROM is based on firmware update to 4.4.2 which was received in January. Before flashing, ensure that you running the mentioned firmware.
- Based on leaked firmware XXUFNA5 Android 4.4.2 (Date: 14/01/2014)
- 4-way reboot menu
- Improved Aroma Installer
- Xposed Framework Installer
- Android Camera 4.4.2 with Photsphere
- Android Keyboard 4.4.2
- Dolphin Browser with Flash Player support
- Dolphin Browser Jet Pack
- Samsung Print Service Plugin
- Includes all mods from previous Omega KitKat 4.4.2 release
- Deodexed, rooted and zipaligned
You can see images of Omega ROM v20 running on Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 below. Click on the image to enlarge.
3. Prism Barebone v3.0 ROM running JellyBean 4.3
Prism Barebone ROM is a light weight ROM which occupies only 449 MB. This ROM is based on JellyBean 4.3 and removes out all the bloatware that comes with Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500.
Here’s the list of features of Prism Barebone ROM for Galaxy S4:
- All Languages Available
- Knox Free
- Removed tones of bloatware and samsung apps (i even removed the camera, browser, music app..)
- GoogleCamera with WORKING photosphere.
- AOSP apps Browser,Calculator,Calender,Clock and Gallery
- Kernel: Perseus Alpha
- Black Themed
4. Crash ROM running KitKat 4.4.2
Crash ROM is also one of the most stable and fast ROM’s for your Galaxy S4. This ROM gives free Knox app, Sony Walkman, boot animation options, and various others.
Here’s the list of features that you will get with Crash ROM:
- Added Sony Walkman
- KNOX FREE
- Aroma Installer
- Update Most of the apps
- Speed Up tweaks
- Omega Stock Kernel Permisive and Exfat Support
- 3 diferent Bootanimations to choose in aroma
- Updated tweaks
- Add Knockoff mod click 2 times on status bar to turn off the screen activate the module first
- Add Intelligent Xposed Module controls 2g and 3g conections great for battery life
- Better battery life
- 3G boost
- Streaming videos faster
- Besides these, there are long list of other features which you can find out on the official XDA forum.
You can download the ROM from here and flash it on your GT-I9500 by following the steps mentioned at the start of article.
5. King Cobra ROM running JellyBean 4.3
It is super smooth and runs on Android 4.3. King Cobra ROM looks and feels awesome and has one of the best RAM managment systems. This rom is a perfect candidate for your daily driver.
Following are the features of King Cobra ROM running JellyBean:
- Stock Kernel
- CPU /Wi-Fi Tweaks
- Super smooth UI
- Bloatwares removed
- Samsung KNOX Implementation (KNOX bootloader and dedicated application)
- Samsung Wallet comes pre-loaded
- Improved RAM management
- Improved Display colour reproduction (Display looks much sharper than before)
- Improved TouchWiz Launcher (Much less launcher redraws and less lag)
- New Camera firmware
- Minor UI tweaks (Contacts app, Flashlight Widget, dialog boxes etc)
- ES File Explorer
- KingCobra Tweaks And Patches
You can view the official XDA forum thread here and download the ROM from the host of links given as per your choice.
6. Arrow ROM v11.0 running JellyBean 4.3
Arrow ROM is one of the best looking ROM’s out there for your Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. It looks sleek and professional. It has features like all apps supporting multi-window, improved call voice quality and comes with all the apps from Samsung.
Here’s the list of features of Arrow ROM:
- Battery Icon Select
- MultiWindows Manager
- S Tweaks
- Xposed Installer
- DPI Changer
- Save Battery Power Tweak
- Screen fix delay
- Decrease dial out delay
- Better Signal
- Better call voice quality
- Makes Apps load faster and increases RAM
- Sony X-Reality™ Engine
These were the best Custom ROM’s for your Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. Additionally, there are few other ROM’s available for your device, of which XDA forum thread has been listed below.
Do let us know which one of the Custom ROM you liked the most and why. Post your views in the comments section below so that other users of Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 can see your valuable comments. Stay connected for more Custom ROM’s for your smartphones. Happy flashing!