For those of you who have rooted your AT&T or Verizon Galaxy S5, you are probably wondering how in the world you are going to install custom ROMs when the bootloader is still locked.
FINALLY! Thank to XDA user GeoHot, we now have a new root method for AT&T SM-G900A or Verizon SM-G900V Galaxy S5. If you have been waiting for a long time for this root (as I have) don’t forget to donate to GeoHot for breaking the code and giving us root.
This will work on all Galaxy S5 models with Android 4.4.2 and does not trip KNOX. DOE NOT WORK WITH Android 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.1, 5.1.1 Lollipop!
For those of you who want to convert your aging Galaxy S5 into Galaxy S7 Edge, there is now a custom ROM that will do that for you, the Insanity ROM.
Based on latest Galaxy S7 Edge SM-G935F firmware Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, this is a “ported” custom ROM that gives you every software feature of S7 Edge right on your S5!
If you are still on older Lollipop or older Marshmallow ROM, you should definitely check out the latest Resurrection Remix ROM as it brings a ton of new features your Galaxy S5 needs.
Based on latest Android 6.0.1, the Resurrection Remix ROM gives you full fingerprint support. Not only that, it makes it better than stock TouchWiz since fingerprint works without having to turn the screen on. Simply swipe your finger and your phone will unlock, just like newer Nexus 6P or 5X. I find this alone worth installing the ROM.
For this week’s ROM of the week, check out the latest CM13 ROM with Android 6.0.1, available for all GSM variants (T-Mobile SM-G900T, Canadian SM-G900W8, SM-G900F), Sprint SM-G900P, US Cellular SM-G900R4, and SM-G900I.
This is probably the most stable and fastest Marshmallow-based custom ROM I have tried so far with pretty much everything working out of the box including voice, data, 4G LTE, bluetooth, 4K video camera, etc…etc… So far, I haven’t been able to spot any bugs in the last few days I have been daily driving this ROM.
For those of you who have been waiting for Android 6.0 Marshmallow with root for your Samsung Galaxy S5, your long wait is over! VRToxin ROM brings you almost a flawless Android 6.0 Marshmallow experience if you have a Galaxy S5 model that is supported. (Currently, you can install this on the T-Mobile SM-G900T, Canadian SM-G900W8, and international SM-G900F/M/I.)
If you want to run your Galaxy S5 at the speed of light, you should definitely check out the Exodus ROM.
Based on latest Android 5.1.1, Exodus ROM is an excellent AOSP ROM (What is AOSP?) that combines speedy performance, great battery life, and customization. First, you will find excellent performance and extract the most out of your Galaxy S5’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, getting near Note 4 performance without any overlocking (near 49K on Antutu).
For those of you who must stick with TouchWiz for some reason (perhaps you have an S-View cover or use Gear S watch), let me suggest a great custom ROM based on latest TouchWiz firmware, the Alliance ROM.
Alliance ROM is available for AT&T SM-G900A, T-Mobile SM-G900T, Verizon SM-G900V, Canadian SM-G900W8, and SM-G900F/G900M/G900I.
If you are looking for an awesome AOSP ROM (What is AOSP?) for this week, definitely check out the latest AICP ROM.
Based on latest Android 5.1.1, AICP ROM brings a high level of great customizations along with a modded launcher with Android M style app drawer. The AICP ROM will get you up to speed on the latest Android performance enhancements with excellent overall battery life.
For those of you with a rooted AT&T Galaxy S5 and still have not updated to Lollipop, here’s how you can easily update to Android 5.0 Lollipop and also keep root. This method is preferred over flashing stock firmware as you will be able to keep root.
First, you will need to download FlashFire. To do that, first sign up for Android FlashFire G+ Community, then sign up for the beta FlashFire here. Once you do those two, open up this link with your Play Store app and you should be able to install FlashFire app.
Probably the biggest reason to root and install custom ROM is the fact that you can update your phone with updated software from a newer phone. In this case, you can in fact turn your Galaxy S5 into Galaxy S6 by using a custom ROM like Sixperience ROM.
The Sixperience ROM has been ported straight from a real Galaxy S6, giving you all the new software features including Galaxy S6 theme engine, resizable floating windows, S6 apps, and much more. Of course, you get a nice AROMA graphical installer also, allowing you to choose from three different kernels (you can overclock using Boeffla or KToonsez kernel) and even choose from two cameras (Note 4 or S5).
Want the latest Android 5.1.1 with blazing speeds and a ton of customization your Galaxy S5 was intended for?
Then check out the latest BlissPop ROM. Based on latest Android 5.1.1, you will get all of CM12.1 ROM features along with even faster performance and a load of extra customization. For flashaholics like myself, this is a dream come true as you mix the best of latest Android and best of AOSP custom features all in one ROM!