Google has announced the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, and Nexus has already received it, being the first device to come up with the latest version. The good thing now is that both the high end premium phones, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 are now being shipped with special Google Play Editions of Android 4.3.
But if you’re one of those who purchased these phones a few days back running Android 4.2.2 or Android 4.1.2, you might have to wait a bit for the official release of the update. We’ll let the normal users wait. If you are a tech geek who always wants to be up to date with the latest technology in the market, then we have a good news for you. In this post, we’ll provide you with the links of things you are going to need to develop your own custom ROM for your device.
Now the links are not for normal users who simply want to enjoy their devices, nor are these links for users who are only aware of basics of rooting the gadgets, rather these links are for those high end advanced users who understand the deep knowledge of rooting and ROM, and who are expert in designing custom ROM for their devices.
As the update Android 4.3 was released less than a week ago, ready made ROM are not available online till today. You might like to wait for the custom ROM to become available, but if you cannot wait, and you have the efficiency and skills.
We most welcome you to go ahead, download the kernel sources, and prepare a custom ROM for your device. We would like to remind you that if you root your phone, you would not only end the warranty of your gadget, but you might even make it a brick phone if you do not have sufficient knowledge.
Links for Developing Custom ROM for Samsung Galaxy S4
- Open Source Release Center: http://opensource.samsung.com/reception/receptionSub.do?method=search&searchValue=GT-I9505G
- Captured OTA link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2390218
You may go ahead, try the above links, discuss with the group members, and prepare your own custom ROMs. Kernel sources are available even for HTC One, and you might even visit the if you own one.
Now ROM development is not something we can expect from a normal Android user, and we advise them to stick to their versions till official updates are released from the website.
The thing that remains is that when you update your device using custom ROM, you might have to lose the Samsung TouchWiz UI as it might not be supported with the new version. But if you are a true geek, you would not care of some UI, and would surely like to get your hands on the new update as quick as possible. Well you always have the option of reverting back to your old device by un-rooting the device if you want the TouchWiz back.
Some new features in the latest Android 4.3 include restricted profiles enabling users to restricting app usage, and dial pad auto complete which adds auto complete feature to the dial pad. Even the camera app seems to have been upgraded, and there are other small improvements.