Rejoice… The official Android 4.3 firmware for Samsung Galaxy S4 (both I9500 and I9505) is here. Yes, you can enjoy the latest and greatest Android 4.3 features and improvements from Samsung. However, it does bring one thing that I don’t prefer – KNOX support (which is not friendly with root access and custom modification = warranty void). So far we can’t reverse KNOX status now. The implementation is already in Galaxy Note 3 and pushing to Galaxy S4 latest firmware now. So far, India, Indonesia, Russia and Vietnam already received the update. Malaysia should come soon…
Download CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM for Galaxy S4 GT-I9500
Finally, here is CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM for Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. It is not the official ROM from CM Team. But good for those who can’t wait and want to have a taste of latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on Galaxy S4 I9500. Most of the stuffs are working fine. Example, you can make / receive call and SMS. Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and Google applications are working. No luck on camera and sound quality for the moment. But rest assures that all these bugs will be fixed in later release. Don’t expect much from alpha build, right?
Dual boot Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 with RomSwitcher
Wish to use AOSP ROM on your Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 while keeping Samsung TouchWiz firmware? You can do so now with RomSwitcher application. Basically, you need to have stock TouchWiz firmware. Then install AOSP ROM like CyanogenMod with special method and kernel which will install on cache partition. Finally, use RomSwitcher to dual boot. That’s it.
Adam Kernel for Galaxy S4 GT-I9500
Want to get more features and performance out from your Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500? Install custom kernel then. Besides getting all the nice extra features, you get root access too. This is the first step before trying custom ROM. Get familiar with custom kernel first, right? Adam Kernel is the star today. It has several interesting advantages like Wolfson Sound Control, CPU Voltage Control and Screen Colour & Brightness Control. Yes, you get more control on your Galaxy S4 in this case. And better battery life, faster response and performance thanks to tweaked Ondemand CPU Governor. Useless tracers are removed too.
Perseus Kernel for Galaxy S4 GT-I9500
Want to overclock your Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 CPU and GPU? Install Perseus Kernel then. Yup, custom kernel usually provide better performance, battery life, extra features compare to stock kernel. In addition, auto-rooting is part of the features. Therefore, you get the essential root access and other goodies when install it. So what are the features that Perseus Kernel for Galaxy S4 brings? CPU and GPU overclocking & undervolting support. You can control both ARM big.LITTLE CPU cores. NFS, CIFS and NTFS are supported. Super AMOLED colour control is added as well. Headphone, earpiece and speaker sound control (Wolfson) too. And other interesting features…