For those of you who want to taste the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, you don’t have to wait until Samsung updates their firmware, which could be months away.
Better, just grab the latest CM12 ROM beta, which is a full Android 5.0 Lollipop custom ROM that will give you every Lollipop feature including the vastly improved performance (near 20-30% improvement in Antutu benchmarks as shown in video, which matches Note 4 stock Antutu benchmarks!!!), battery life (along with battery saver feature which can save you in emergencies), and superfluid UI, which you can actually feel.
For root, CM12 ROM comes with root by default so you don’t have to worry about anything but just installing. UPDATE: To get full root, please flash latest SuperSU zip file (see below) otherwise you will not get full root.
Best of all, this CM12 “beta” version is nearly perfect as everything including camera, NFC, voice, 4G LTE, and bluetooth are working out of the box. In fact, this is the best Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM I have seen other than a real Nexus device (like Nexus 5, Nexus 10). It’s so good I am using my T-Mobile S5 as daily driver for this whole week and have encountered zero problems.
Even then, I do highly suggest making a backup ROM just in case you miss your ol’ TouchWiz ROM so you can easily restore back at any time after.
Overall, the CM12 Beta ROM for Galaxy S5 is one of the most solid Android 5.0 Lollipop ROMs I have tried so far so definitely give this guy a go this week(end) if you want to see the best and latest from Google’s Android OS. And yes, do let me know what you think but I think you will love it for sheezy.
Download SuperSU v2.30 (You MUST use this version to get full root!)
To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Gapps, install SuperSU, and reboot. (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop or get force-closed keyboard error on boot, reboot into CWM recovery, go to Mounts & Storage->format /system. For TWRP, go to Wipe->Advanced Wipe->Wipe /system.)
First time installing a custom ROM? See How to Install Custom ROM on Galaxy S5! Using TWRP? See our universal fail-proof method on installing custom ROM and boot the first time!
- Want Flash Player? See How to Install Flash Player on Android 4.4.2/4.4.3 KitKat!
- If you want some awesome audio, check out Viper4Audio FX MOD, which you can install on this ROM to enhance your music 100%.
- If you want to run your apps in tablet/hybrid/custom DPI mode, see our Xposed App Settings guide.
- If you want PIE Controls, see our LMT Pie Control guide.
- Need to run apps that check for root? Check out How to Run Apps that’s don’t run on rooted Android!
- Want to listen to YouTube music with screen off? Check out How to Playback YouTube videos with Screen-Off!
- Need multi-window? Check out How to Add Multi-Window to Any Rooted Android!
Q: My 3G/4G LTE data is not working!!!
A: See How to Fix 3G/4G LTE data by Manually Setting APN on Android!
Q: I don’t have Play Store nor any of the Google apps!
A: You forgot to install Gapps, reboot into recovery and install it! (See above for download.)
Q: The ROM is not booting!
A: Try formatting /system and re-install ROM, sometimes the system partition gets corrupt and you may have to try 2 or 3 times before the ROM boots.