Samsung Galaxy S5 Android ROMs

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2015-11-25 05:31:16

There are TONS of Android ROMs out there. This comparison is looking at Galaxy S5 ROMs. It may even be impractical to extend this to all ROMs; though some of the ROMs in the comparison work on multiple devices (e.g. the CyanogenMod ROM).

Note that with high-end devices that have specific functionality, it's pointless to run an AOSP or AOKP ROM, because some of the features will always be broken. A debloated stock ROM is the way to go. See http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=54285281 for details.

Note that you can always install the Xposed framework and customize many aspects of your Android, without having to flash a ROM.

Glossary:

  • Knox - A flag set by Samsung against those who want to flash a custom kernel or custom recovery. If the flag is 0x1, the device warranty is void.
  • Aroma installer - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1461712
  • Recovery - Use TWRP, http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=52106248 for Samsung Galaxy G900T
  • EFS partition Contains your IMEI and other radio data. Back it up with http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s3/development/efs-samsung-tool-universal-support-t2602325
Project InfinityAllianceOmegaXtreStoLiteNeatROMEchoePhoenixX-NoteShohatCarbonCyanogenModAOKPAOSP
DescriptionT-Mobile G900-T specific. Comes with a lot of applications (not a de-bloated ROM), including "T-Mobile proprietary features" (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=55072346 - unclear what exactly those are, besides Wi-Fi calling). Probably VoLTE.Two versions for the T-Mobile S5; unclear what the differences are, despite thousand-message threads. Seems focused on theming (17+ default themes), plus customizations for hardware button actions.Claims to be the most popular Samsung-based ROM worldwide - http://omegadroid.co/omega-roms/De-bloated ROM, only ~500MB. Separate version for G900T - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2800402 - has VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling support - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=54143403

"The aim of this ROM is to keep it as close to the stock firmware as possible. Because this way the ROM is the most stable you can get, and also you don't have any mods that can have influence on the performance and/or battery life of the ROM. Also you can tweak the interface on your own nowadays with Xposed Framework plugins like: Wanam Xposed, GravityBox & Xposed G-TouchWiz."

The only ROM that doesn't trip the Knox flagMulti-window up to 4 apps, call recordingFlashlight and screenshot in Power menu Multi-window Lock screen with flashlight Extra menu settings: faster GPS fix, OTA updates Includes Xposed framework and Wanam, Gravity modules Aroma installer for bloatware appsFocused on theming. Supports quad-window (4 apps on screen at the same time)1GB TouchWiz ROM, no longer supported - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2719386&page=79Based on Android OSP 4.4.2Went commercialThe vanilla Android Open Source Project, plus some features like navigation ribbons, customizable vibration patterns, LED control, and custom toggles.
Download linkhttp://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2723915http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=55071205#post55071205http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2714159http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=52210608http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s5/development/rom-neatrom-v1-t2828562http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2719593http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2741302http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2724138http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2719386http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2752995http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s5/unified-development/rom-cyanogenmod-11-0-android-4-4-4-t2850790http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2754174
Developed byOrlando guy, http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=3011323Famouse dev BeansTown in Massachusetts, http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=4395895Greece guy, http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=2576548Netherlands guy, http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=693309Cyprus guy? http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=4401403Israel guy, http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=2739548Italian guyNo longer supported
Compatible devicesG900TG900F, G900I, G900W8, G900M - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2716535

G900T - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=52587084

G900F, G900I, G900M, G900T, G900W8G900F, G900I , G900T, G900L, G900S, G900M, G900W8G900F onlyG900F only - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=54573057G900F, G900T, G900I, G900M, G900P, G900L, G900W8
Features
Hardware button customizationsNone mentionedPowerfulNone mentionedNone mentionedNone mentioned
DSP/audio enhancementsIntegrated Pon3 Audio mod (includes built in Viper, Dolby Digital Plus, Beats Audio, Clear Audio, SRS and DTS processing and Noozxoide EIZO-rewire Pro)None mentioned
Stability0 no rating5.0 1 rating0 no rating0 no rating5.0 1 rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating
Battery Life0 no rating4.0 1 rating0 no rating5.0 1 rating5.0 1 rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating
Speed0 no rating4.0 1 rating0 no rating5.0 1 rating5.0 1 rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating5.0 1 rating0 no rating0 no rating
TetheringUnrestrictedUnrestrictedUnrestricted
NFC supportYes- NFC fix available in OTANo
GPS supportYesYesYes
CameraYesYesNoYes
Fingerprint sensor supportYes- Only with stock kernel, http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=55058008&postcount=3060Yes Flash the Fingerprint driver from Aroma - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=53948597NoNoNo
T-Mobile VoLTEYes http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=53917513
Latest version2014-08-162014-08-252014-08-242014-08-082014-08-032014-05-162014-08-262014-06-01
AnnoyancesUSB tethering doesn't work - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=54970273

Data occasionally drops - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=53943380, http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=53967121

Extra languages bloatBloat - languages
Image
Technical details
KernelBased on firmware XXU1ANG9 Android 4.4.2 (Date: 25/07/2014)Stock UVU1BNG3 Kernel (build date: 19-7-2014) & Latest KToonsez kernel4.4.2
Remove boot, shutdown soundsYes Removed boot soundYes Remove T-Mobile boot animation - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=53863228&postcount=58
NotesIf things crash, make sure you've installed the corresponding app from Aroma - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=53896827

For voice input, install Google Search properly - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=54280575

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  • There are TONS of Android ROMs out there. For now, the comparison will be looking at Galaxy S5 ROMs. It may even be impractical to extend this to all ROMs; though some of the ROMs in the comparison work on multiple devices (e.g. the CyanogenMod ROM).
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