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Verizon Galaxy S4 Gets a Google Play Edition ROM Port

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With the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition launching at the end of last week, it only makes sense that developers would do their best to bring ROMs from it to every variant of the device. The Verizon version of the GS4 is one of the first to receive the love, which isn’t all that surprising, but seeing as the GPE is a GSM phone, you can imagine that a bit of work went into making this work properly. 

According to the developer, this is a port from the GT-I9505, but doesn’t specify if it’s from the Android 4.3 build. I’d assume that it isn’t and is instead a port from the 4.2.2 ROM that ships with the phone.

He has all sorts of versions of the ROM available, from builds with blackout Google apps, to the bare bones no-root style.

There may be some minor bugs here and there, but he offers up some ideas for temporary fixes in the mean time. It may not be perfect, but hey, it’s a stock option for those with Verizon’s version of the phone.

You’ll find download links and instructions at the link below.

Via:  XDA

Cheers Tanuj!

  • MagicMike Kelley

    So I have 2 questions. I’ll be picking this up in a couple weeks.

    Will flashing GPE onto my VZW S4
    A) Be possible after the latest OTA update? I heard some folks saying they locked it down further.

    B) Are all of the S4 features (air touch, split screen, camera stuff etc..) still be on the device with GPE on it?

  • portot

    Do you need to flash Gapps?

  • disastrousrainbow

    I’ve flashed all versions of this over the past few days. They are incredibly stable builds with only two major (if you think like some do) bugs being present. First is no LTE signal bars. That doesn’t mean you DON’T have LTE, it’s just for some reasons it doesn’t display the bars. Second is it doesn’t display the network name. Aside from that, however, exceptional port. Soooooo smooooooth you wouldn’t believe it.

  • Stevedub40

    I’ve been running this rom for a couple days. Works great! I love having that stock feel back. TW was okay, but I just had enough of the look of it.

  • ndog21

    It’s 4.2.2 I’m running it it is great and ir works with watch on download seperetly.

  • kcmanuel

    What sucks is that Google or HTC/SAMSUNG released the Google experience phone a good bit after the release of the original phones, of course the sales numbers will be dismal compared to the Sense/Touchwiz versions.

  • Derek Lockovich

    Yeah. This dev is doing a good job. He just wanted to play with it to see if he could do it, and now, he’s actually making a ROM of it.

  • Joshua Polivka

    There is a Sprint Variant up now as well http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2345386

  • Nick Norman

    It’s a great rom! Even for an early stage port.
    Now… Root and install it!

  • Derek Gelinas

    The signal bars thing is due to the way the new blobs work. To get it working in the CM device tree, we’re basically cheating – it’s actually showing you CDMA signal strength if you look at the code. Nothing is reported by for the LTE signal strength for some reason.

  • beng8686

    They might sell more of these GPEs if they made more than just a GSM variant.

    • Michael Pahl

      CDMA will be dead within a few years. Verizon has said it will be purely LTE. Sure there will be leftover devices floating around for who knows how long…

      • Tim242

        GSM will also be just as dead.

        • Bionic

          Have not seen you in a long time

          • Tim242

            Haha. Yeah, I have tried to expand my horizons. I am trying to break the tech blog commenting addiction. I’ve been doing a lot of nutrition studying. I’m a Vegetarian, trying my hand at being Vegan. So, have been reading and cooking a lot.

        • Michael Pahl


  • Eric R.

    I don’t think Samsung will make any more GPE after the S4, due to this.

    • Greg Chason

      why? they have the units sold. Why do they care what is done to it after that?

    • Ian

      It costs them less to produce than skinned versions, so why wouldn’t they continue to offer the option?

    • Bionic

      Samsung does not care what people do with their verizon S4 post sale.

  • This, my Android faithful, is why the GPe phones exist from Google. To serve the needs of the 1% enthusiast market. Bravo Google, bravo! Loading it up today!

  • addicuss

    anyone get the IR blaster to work on any of these roms?
    Really want AOSP with the IR blaster intact and haven’t found a solution yet

    • JimmyHACK

      Ahh good point! I should look into that too

    • DreamSTi

      Liquids AOSP rom has the IR working!

      • addicuss

        trying to stick to either something flashable on all roms, an aokp or CM rom, or worst case a stock android rom like the GPE ports. A lot of these other roms just dont have the dev support to continue updates through the life of the phone.

        • JoshGroff

          They can, however, hold you over until CM or AOKP has the IR working.

          • addicuss

            yeah i just have everything set up in AOKP and rather not switch in and out of roms unless im staying on it for awhile. IR for me is not that big a deal, more of a “would be nice to have” sort of thing.

      • I heard about this too. I was on LiquidSMooth 2.7 and the IR blaster wasn’t working, but 2.8 was released last night and I heard the dev fixed it. excited to load it up tonight!

    • allsop

      IR blaster is working. this has TW framework the s4 flip cover works as well. Been running this build all weekend and loving it.

      • addicuss

        does having the TW framework slow the rom down at all or is it only the apps that consume resources?

      • addicuss

        also what do you run to use it? I assume watchon isn’t installed?

    • Bionic

      I want an AOSP ROM with the Samsung camera apps

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    hmmm… I may have to give it a go…though I’m not even rooted yet… haven’t had time

    • j boner

      Takes 5 min total gimmie a break you lazy Frick hahaha

  • El_Cartman

    Shut up Butters!

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    • Butters619

      Haha perfect.

      But seriously who thumbs downed me? Google Play Editions bring stock Android and working drivers to the top tier phones. It’s like an Android enthusiasts dream.

      But lets be real, sales numbers aren’t going to be that high when you can buy a Nexus for $350 or a stock SGS4 for $650. Especially considering you can port the stock ROM to the SGS4.

      • mjmedstarved

        I wouldn’t give you a thimbs down.. and I have always been about AOSP… but, for some reason, I can’t seem to do it with my S4; I don’t want to lose some of the new camera features that are tied into TW.

        For me, for now, I’m running Beanstown’s streamlines TW based rom; life is good. 🙂

        • Butters619

          For a moment it was 3 up 3 down lol.

          But yeah camera seems to be the biggest decision when it comes to jumping on a Play edition ROM, both for the SGS4 and One. I don’t use my camera all too often so I would make the switch right away.

          • michael arazan

            Just wish Verizon would of gotten the Nexus edition’s instead of the Dev editions. I have never seen a Google’s stock android Rommed to replace the OEM’s android skin version with vanilla android

      • stewie

        Hmm, i kinda disagree on the headcount. If they don’t sell as a GP edition, they lock it down, flash it with the OEM edition and sell …

        • Butters619

          Getting drivers to work is the biggest work item. Look at how many people work on some of the CM builds to try to get them to work. Sure, inside Google you have access to the part suppliers etc, but it’s still not just a simple plug and play type of situation.

      • eli

        I thumbs downed you, but I agree with you…….YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH

        • Isabel Herron

          as Jimmy implied I am inspired that anyone able to get paid $5614 in four weeks on the computer. have you seen this web site w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • JimmyHACK

    I’m pretty sure you can already have all this with the roms that have been around for Gnex

    • Chris Schmucker

      4.3? I haven’t seen much from XDA involving 4.3 with the Gnex. I’m assuming it’ll be around soon.

      • JimmyHACK

        This isn’t 4.3. This is the shipping google experience phone version which is at 4.2.2.

        • Chris Schmucker

          Oops, my bad. I’ve been reading about a 4.3 leak for the GS4 and i skimmed the article. Carry on good sir. (Read: I need more coffee)

          • Michael Pahl

            you need to check out Pacman and RotBox. Both are CM+PA+AOKP roms 🙂