Originally Posted by aluminum_killer
Hey there. I'm new to these forums. This is the reason why I actually made this account hahah
Basically. I've just brought a Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505, really nice phone, loving it.The phone is on the Telecom NZ (XT) network and currently runs Android 4.2.2. What I want to do is load up the latest version of the Cyanogenmod that is most stable for both my cellular carrier and my phone. I'm quite new to playing around with the software on Android devices. But I do find it very interesting. So be generous with me hahah I pretty much want a ROM that will still be able to run all of the cool features that the S4 offers but without the stupid bloatware. I'm sussed when it comes to rooting, that's easily enough done. But when it comes to finding a ROM that won't brick my device or recieve service, and in general loading the ROM onto my phone, I'm a bit lost. If any of you could help that would be amazing.
My phone info:
Model Number: GT-I9505
Android Version: 4.2.2
Basband Version: I9505XXUBMG4
Thu Jul 4 22:12:38 KST 2013
Build Number: JDQ39.I9505XXUBMG4
SELinux Status: Permissive
Secure Boot Status: Type: Samsung
Welcome to XDA
Firstly before flashing any ROM backup your EFS and keep it safe, it might get you out of trouble if things go wrong
To back up EFS open a terminal emulator (can download from play store) on device and type the following:
dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0p10 of=/mnt/sdcard/efs.img.ext4
dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0p13 of=/mnt/sdcard/m9kefs1.bin
dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0p14 of=/mnt/sdcard/m9kefs2.bin
dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0p15 of=/mnt/sdcard/m9kefs3.bin
If you want the stock S4 features but no bloat then try one of the many light ROMs available for the i9505 from the 'i9505 Android development section'.
If you want a pure AOSP style ROM then look in the ' i9505 Original Android development' section.
I'm personally running the CM10.2 nightlies and they are awesome!
Have fun, happy flashing!