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Builds of Paranoid Android and AOKP are up for Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S4

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As recent buyers of the Galaxy S4 on Verizon are receiving their devices, it’s about that time to start rooting and ROM’ing! If you are currently looking for the newest builds of the community’s most popular custom ROMs, you will be happy to learn that both Paranoid Android and AOKP have unofficial nightly and beta builds up for flashing. 

Both custom ROMs allow users to greatly customize the look of their device, as well the fact that they both get rid of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. That might be reason enough to flash them. For a full list of features (the list would go on and on forever), check out the forum pages.

If your device is already unlocked and rooted, then follow the via links below to their respective forums to see links for download and flashing instructions.

Via: XDA (Paranoid Android) | RootzWiki (AOKP)

Cheers Brendon!

  • coolsilver

    FYI: Still very Alpha for PA … Careful flashing PA with a 64GB card. corrupt filesystem on it and had to format.

  • Bob

    Using AOKP. Works really well for being so fresh. I don’t know why it only shows 9GB of total space now tho. Does it create its own partition or something?

  • Jordan

    I just really hate the TW’s UI. That’s it. Its a shame we can’t keep the amazing (and some pointless) features that the S4 has and incorporate them into the AOKP build . In an ideal world, a HTC One body with S4 specs and features

    • Ej McCarty

      I don’t understand why everyone complains about the build quality of the s4. I mean come on I’d rather drop polycarbonate that may scuff and at worst crack, in which case I can get a new back, than having a metal “unibody” that if i drop and it cracks I’m fuqt. My galaxy nexus was a beast when it came to withstanding falls, but I believe i replaced my OG about 4 times. And they also put time into the design and look of the “plastic” in order to make it look more expensive, which I think they did a great job of.

  • schoat333

    I’m not going to bother with a new rom. I’ll just theme the TW to looks better, and debloat instead. Don’t worry, I’ll share my theme.

  • Bob

    How do you flash? I am rooted and have ROM Manager, but I don’t see how I can install CWM recovery…doesn’t list S4 as supported.

    • Jordan

      As coolsilver said, “Easiest way… root, install goomanager and install openscript recovery from that app for TWRP recovery. Done. Loki installed.”

  • Dillan Shives

    Wasting no time, I love it!

  • Ajmcnicol

    Why??
    Back in the day, AOSP was great cause phones werent powerful enough to have the custom UIs and still run smooth.

    These days, they are so fast, there is NO slow down.
    On my Note 2, it runs AS smooth and fast as AOKP does. PLUS i dont have to sacrifice native good pen usability, all the camera functions, and a few samsung apps i actually use for half baked or not as good 3rd party ones if im on AOSP.

    I dont like the look..but with a custom launcher and theme packs..i dont have do worry about it.

    • Tim242

      You should try Beans ROM. It is a TW ROM, but with AOSP theming. I used it the entire 6 months I had the Note 2. Now I have the S4, waiting on Beans ROM : )

      • Ajmcnicol

        i shouldve mentioned i use a custom TW ROM..i like the tweaks and extra settings they add..but i still like the native usability and apps :)

        • Tim242

          Exactly. The best of both worlds. On the S4, I would not want to miss out on the camera software. This phone takes great pics, and the software is great. Hopefully, they’ll get it to the Note 2′s soon.

    • Rodeojones000

      To each his own, but I would always pick an AOSP ROM over the stock OEM skin. But for me it’s a moot point. I’ll never own or use a device (phone or tablet) that doesn’t come with stock vanilla AOSP out of the box.

      • Tim242

        You’ll be missing out on great hardware and software.

        • Rodeojones000

          Again, to each his own, but I disagree. I find absolutely nothing great about the S4 (or the HTC One for that matter) – at least not enough to warrant paying full retail in order to keep my unlimited data with Verizon. I’m glad you like it though. Enjoy your new toy.

          • JoshGroff

            The features are nice, and if you hate the look of the UI, just throw on NOVA or something. No sense in missing out on great features or camera software just so you can have a stock look. Hell, my DNA is faster than my N4 ever was, and it runs Sense. Still not sure how they managed that one…

  • legacystar

    http://rootzwiki.com/topic/40754-donation-request-lets-get-aokp-on-vzw-s4/
    BMC is doing great work on AOKP for the s4 for us despite not having a device of his own. We have a donate thread up to get him a device. If you guys can help that would mean a lot to him and the community that he does work for.

  • sonicemerald

    Thursday can’t get here soon enough. (when I get my S4. )

    • Stevedub40

      I have to wait till Friday :(

    • Tim242

      I got mine last Thurs with the payment plan, to keep unlimited. I took the plunge and got my first white phone. It is beautiful. : ). A few tips: 1. Remove the plastic from around the sides, and from the camera lens. 2. Change the display mode to movie. It provides the most natural colors. 3. Install Nova Prime.

      • coolsilver

        Same, Last Thurs late after systems came back up and running to second store to pick it up.

      • sonicemerald

        lol at 2&3, on a post about roms being available. but thanks all the same, I’ll probably root it and then run stock for a month or so before I get sick of touchwiz…

        not sure if I want to go black or white… ;)

        • Tim242

          I’ve always had black phones. I was worried about trying white for the first time. The white one is the one seen everywhere on these blogs, I was like, that is hot haha. Haven’t regretted it for a second.

          • Cory Parker

            If you don’t mind me to, how much did you have to pay as down payment? I’m in the same boat with unlimited and contemplating taking the same plunge.

          • Tim242

            You have to pay the first month, plus the taxes. The first month is $54 plus the $2 per month finance charge. The taxes were $55. So, I paid $111 up front. Then you have 11 months of $54 payments, plus the $2 fee. I haven’t found out yet if it can be payed off early. I will want to if I can.

          • Ej McCarty

            I did the same thing and I made sure I asked the employee about the methods that I can use to pay off the phone. There are only 2 options you have; 1. You can pay the $56 a month or 2. You can pay the remaining balance owed on the phone. So you can’t pay like 200 dollars if you still owe 400 on the phone.

          • Tim242

            Thanks for the info. The rep I had didn’t know anything about it.

          • Ej McCarty

            Now all Verizon has to do is get rid of the subsidy charge on your monthly bill if you plan to go this route.

          • Ej McCarty

            No problem, neither did the one I had because I was the first person who did it at the store. He had to go to the back for about 20 minutes and talk to probably some top person haha. It just shows how uninformed the general public is about things like this and ways to not let Verizon screw them anymore.

          • John

            I walked into a Verizon store. Told him I was eligible for an upgrade and wanted an S4 and didn’t want to lose unlimited data. The employee was very knowledgeable and rattled off 3 ways I could do so and told me the cheapest way. Luckily I needed a home phone so I bought that for $100 made that my upgrade line and he switched the unlimited data over to my s4. Simple and cheaper in my case rather than paying $650 over 12 or so months (the upgrade fee was also waived).

  • Tim242

    To my knowledge, there is no true unlock yet. I’m going to wait on that.

    • http://twitter.com/jkc120 Josh Carroll

      You may be waiting a while. Loki works great. As long as you don’t restore the stock ROM then take an OTA, it will work forever.

      • zepfloyd

        Yup! This.

      • Bob

        Do you just root the Verizon S4 then install ROM Manager and use that to flash AOKP and that’s it?

        • Stevedub40

          From my understanding, that is pretty much it. You root, install Loki recovery, then flash your ROM.

        • Tim242

          You have to run Loki to bypass the locked boot loader.

          • Bob

            And you can do that from ROM Manager after rooting the device or is there other steps for this?

          • Tim242

            Yes. I didn’t realize it had been put into ROM manager.

          • Bob

            I don’t see the option in ROM Manager for this nor how to install CWM for the S4.

      • Tim242

        I may try it. That method just makes me nervous.

        • coolsilver

          Loki is cooked into recovery and roms. Really nothing more needed on your part other than initial root. No big deal as long as you pay attention. Though I can’t see any NOT having loki support. Easiest way… root, install goomanager and install openscript recovery from that app for TWRP recovery. Done. Loki installed.

  • Ray Gray

    I can’t flash any of these because I will lose all of the great camera features which would suck

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      You can always back everything up and go back later.

      • Ray Gray

        Great idea everytime I want to use my camera I can just restore a backup that should only take 20 min just long enough for the subject to still be in the same spot dafuq

        • eli

          should probably get facial reconstruction while you’re at it…….

          • Ray Gray

            Coming from a gorilla I can’t take you seriously

          • eli

            leave my jimmies alone you mutant..

          • Warwick

            that was mean

          • eli

            [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/FE7rGXp.jpg[/IMG]

          • Warwick

          • JoshGroff

            Lol, that’s great!

    • http://twitter.com/kittygetwet James Sorensen

      THIS! I dream of a world with AOSP + samsung camera

      • Ray Gray

        I actually like all the touchwiz features I just dislike the look of the OS

        • T4rd

          Wait for Beanstown’s ROM. I have it (Beans v17 at the moment) on the Note 2 and it’s the best mix between AOSP and TW (all TW feaures but looks just like AOSP).

          I know Beans has a GS4 now and will be developing for it soon.

          • Ray Gray

            Cool beans any links to track progress?

          • T4rd

            Not really, just wait for him to post it here:

            http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=2318

            It will probably take him a couple weeks still at least to get his first build out. He updates his Note 2 ROM every 2-4 weeks, so I would think it would take him about that long to get a GS4 build out.

  • pball_inuyasha

    Is there something for many/most phones that allow multibooting roms? I had a D3 and there was something (safeboot maybe??) that let you keep the stock rom and boot others beside it.

    If there is something like that, I’ll sure as hell try some roms on my S4. Other wise I don’t know if I’ll do much for now, since I’m quite happy to have a fast phone that works unlike that pos D3.

    • brkshr

      That is safeboot you are thinking about & no other phones really have that. That was just a way to get around the locked bootloader on Moto’s. Just do a NAND backup & if you don’t like the new ROM, restore the backup. Or, backup the new ROM as well & switch back & forth.

      You can use Boot Manager ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.drx2.bootmanager&feature=search_result ) to make things easier. I’m not big on it personally.

      • Justin Winker

        Safestrap? I almost hated that on my Bionic. Was so confusing coming from an OG Droid when there weren’t any initial one-click Root/custom recovery installs available.

        • brkshr

          You’re right! Thanks for the correction. Safestrap is pretty ingenious with their work around & implementation for Moto’s locked bootloaders, but I agree with you that it can be confusing compared to the OGD. I won’t use another Moto until a better way can be found to unlock the bootloader, or it comes unlockable. I wait for that day. The Bionic was my last Moto.

          • Justin Winker

            Same here (kinda). Migrated to a Razr HD for about a week, returned it for the Nexus 4, and now have an HTC One. Love my HTC One, but the Nexus 4 is still a great device (though if I could do it again, I’d forgo the Nexus and hop straight to the One).

    • mjmedstarved

      I think you’re thinking of Boot Manager… hasn’t been updated last time I checked though.

  • SD_Scott

    I always find this the hardest part of getting a new phone… I’d like to give the original ROM a fair shot. Trying to hold out until there is a stable build up. But in all honesty, I cannot wait for a stable AOKP. Can’t even imagine how snappy it’s going to be on this beast.

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