Cyanogenmod for S4

Dr McKay

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Installed CyanogenMod for my S4, my model finally got an unofficial ROM (i9505) so I thought I'd jump in and risk it. Installation was mostly trial and error because I'd never ever done anything this complicated as flashing a ROM before. Once I'd realized how to actually do the things they were asking me to do (All guides were telling me what to do, but not how to).

Originally Wi-Fi didn't work on my phone (Other users reported anything from working completely, No wifi, to not working at all). Some kind soul on XDA gave me a terminal command to try, and Wi-Fi popped up right away.

The only thing that currently doesn't work is NFC, but I've stopped using NFC so it wasn't a dealbreaker for me. Loving my S4 with all the UI lag completely gone. Sadly this ROM is unnofficial, unfinished and does not reclaim the space that Samsungs Touchwiz ROM originally took up, it's reserved by Samsung for updates, who knows though? A future CM update might clear that space out. It's nice to see my RAM usage sit around 500MB instead of 1.5/1.6GB.

One little "quirk" is it doesn't display your carrier, it displays a number which represents it, if you look at the screen of my lockscreen, its displaying the code for my carrier (EE).
 

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3bs

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Give it time. It'll get much better! I remember the days when there was a memory leak on the S3 and other problems like the camera sometimes getting stuck till a reboot.

Please keep us posted of how things go for you. I'm curious about battery life on CM compared to stock.
 

Dr McKay

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Give it time. It'll get much better! I remember the days when there was a memory leak on the S3 and other problems like the camera sometimes getting stuck till a reboot.

Please keep us posted of how things go for you. I'm curious about battery life on CM compared to stock.
Some people report better battery life, some worse. Peoples experiences are differing wildly. Apparently this ROM was taken from another phone and tweaked to be compatible. I personally haven't noticed much difference, but I only flashed it Saturday night. Today had been my first full day, got about 4 hours screen on time here, been using navigation, streaming online radio in the car over Bluetooth. I'm hitting 10% now.
 

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xchampx13

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What carrier version are you using? The one im on is still in Beta version, thinking about trying it out though
 

Dr McKay

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What carrier version are you using? The one im on is still in Beta version, thinking about trying it out though
I got it from EE in the UK. (I9505). This CM is an unofficial build. Someone apparently took another unofficial build for a different phone and tweaked it to work on this device.
 

xchampx13

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I got it from EE in the UK. (I9505). This CM is an unofficial build. Someone apparently took another unofficial build for a different phone and tweaked it to work on this device.
Yeah the build for Sprint is Unofficial as well, but says it is getting pretty good
 

maxosx

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I'm running it on my AT&T GSM S4. Works great, thus far.

No battery issues, but as mentioned in one of the posts above, it will continue to be updated and get better and better. That's what I really like about Cyanogenmod, it's popularity soars as it just keeps being refined.

Therefore it tends to be one of the best.
 

0dev

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I got it from EE in the UK. (I9505). This CM is an unofficial build. Someone apparently took another unofficial build for a different phone and tweaked it to work on this device.
EE: the only UK network to have worse data plans than the US :p
 

3bs

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I'm running it on my AT&T GSM S4. Works great, thus far.

No battery issues, but as mentioned in one of the posts above, it will continue to be updated and get better and better. That's what I really like about Cyanogenmod, it's popularity soars as it just keeps being refined.

Therefore it tends to be one of the best.
It doesn't have as many custom features as the other AOSP ROMs but it's definitely one of the smoothes if not the smoothest IMO. That being said, I jump ROMs frequently :p
 

maxosx

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It doesn't have as many custom features as the other AOSP ROMs but it's definitely one of the smoothes if not the smoothest IMO. That being said, I jump ROMs frequently :p
Precisely.

I truly enjoy all that one can do to customize their Android phone, just _exactly_ the way you like it. Never dull or boring...

I like switching between various ROM's / Apps / and all kinds of other Android goodness :D
 

jamezr

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I'm running it on my AT&T GSM S4. Works great, thus far.

No battery issues, but as mentioned in one of the posts above, it will continue to be updated and get better and better. That's what I really like about Cyanogenmod, it's popularity soars as it just keeps being refined.

Therefore it tends to be one of the best.
How did you get past the locked bootloader?
I can get root easily....but to my knowledge there isn't a recovery yet for the AT&T S4.
 

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3bs

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Yeah i know it should be released later this month after Verizon releases their branded Galaxy S4. But maxosx said:
Originally Posted by maxosx
I'm running it on my AT&T GSM S4. Works great, thus far.

Thats why I asked how he got around the locked bootloader.
Oh sorry. I'm not sure if it's possible but maybe he flashed it manually without using a custom recovery? I guess we'll have to wait for his reply.
 

Dr McKay

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Because the unofficial CM mods seemed to get buggier with every release I decided to try out AOKP. Seems more stable than the latest CM, but I still have to go into terminal every time I reboot to enable Wi-Fi. Which is still irritating.
 

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Why don't you get ROM Toolbox or some other app that can run scripts? Just create a new one and type in those commands and set it to run on boot. It's very easy to do.

su
rm /data/.cid.info