Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4Reuters

Mobile custom firmware developer community BlissPop has released a new software to Samsung's 2013 flagship smartphone Galaxy S4 (LTE).

The new BlissPop custom ROM is based on the latest AOSP (Android Open Source Project) v5.1.1 Lollipop. It is 254MB in size and brings numerous options that include:

  • Animations (includes- Toast animation, list-view, system animations, scrolling cache and more)
  • Sound options (link ringtone & notifications toggle, volume steps, dial pad tones)
  • Gesture anywhere (with locations and trigger regions options)
  • Power Menu options (power off, reboot, one-click reboot, screenshot, screen recorder, profile switcher and more)
  • Heads Up notification
  • Lockscreen options (includes shortcuts, weather, music visualize, customisable text & icon colour features)
  • Comes with many more features and performance tweaks to enhance user-experience on Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE.

Prerequisites (things to remember before installing Custom ROM)

  • The new BlissPop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware has to be installed on the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 4G-LTE (with Snapdragon Chipset) models only; if tried on other devices, it might get bricked [To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
  • Make sure the device is rooted before going forward with custom ROM installation.
  • Make sure to install USB drivers on the PC, or else your smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505) will not be recognized by the computer.
  • Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smartphone.
  • Also make sure your device has more than 80% battery, or else there is a chance of the smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted midway.
  • Though installing custom ROM improves the device's performance and UI experiences, it makes the company warranty void;  the company will no longer be liable to provide updates in future [users can restore warranty by flashing the device with stock-ROM].

[Disclaimer:This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. International Business Times, India Edition cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]

Tutorial: Step-by-step installation procedure for BlissPop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505)-

Step 1: Download BlissPop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM (HERE) and Google Apps (HERE) on to your PC.

Step 2: Connect Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) to PC via USB cord.

[Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, be sure that you have installed USB driver software, if not, click HERE to download the firmware]

Step 3: Place Resurrection Remix Android v5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM zip file and Google Apps .zip file into the phone's SD card memory. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in SD card root, not in any other folder.]

[Note: Before users' begin installing the custom software, be sure that the device must have rooted and has installed ClockworkMod Recovery/TWRP tool.]

Step 4: Turn-off the device and disconnect from the PC.

Step 5: Perform the regular Recovery Mode sortie by press holding 'Volume (up)', 'Home' and 'Power' buttons.

Step 6: After entering the RECOVERY mode, clear the phone memory, by selecting 'wipe data/factory reset'

[Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode]

Step 7: Clear the cache memory by choosing 'wipe cache partition'

Step 8: Go back to ClockworkMod recovery, and select 'advanced' and tap 'wipe dalvik cache' [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that user will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation]

Step 9: Come back to the main recovery screen and then tap 'install zip from SD card'

Step 10: Tap 'choose zip from sdcard' and go to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. Repeat the same procedure for Google Apps installation [Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options]

Step 11: Once done with the installation process, navigate to '+++++Go Back+++++' and re-start the device by opting 'reboot system now' seen in the recovery menu.

Your device (Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505) will now take a few minutes to complete the booting process.

Users can then head to Settings >> select 'About phone' to confirm the installation of BlissPop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM.

[Credits: Team Android]

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