Verizon, Sprint Galaxy S 4 models get Google Play edition custom ROMs


Last week saw the arrival of the first Google Play edition Androids, and just a moment after they got here, we started seeing the first attempts to port their software over to existing phones. Primarily, the focus seems to be on Galaxy S 4 editions, and we already told you about one that would work on the international GS4 (the LTE-enabled version with a Snapdragon SoC). The US carrier editions of the phone aren’t too far removed from that model, so it’s no great shock that this week we’re learning about a new port for the Verizon GS4, model SGH-I545, as well as Sprint’s SPH-L720.

As shouldn’t be too surprising, there are some radio quirks here. With the Verizon ROM, earlier builds didn’t have the carrier’s name appearing correctly, and even though LTE works, the signal bars don’t display. We’ve also heard mention of issues with GPS reception and a broken IR transceiver.

We have a less complete picture on the Sprint version, but that project just got LTE working today, so it sounds like it’s coming along nicely.

For full details on the status of both ports, as well as links to all the downloads you’ll need, hit up the source links below.

Source: XDA-Developers forum (VZW, Sprint)
Via: Android Spin

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