There are so many regional and carrier variants of Samsung's Galaxy S4 flagship that even we can hardly keep them straight, but apparently CyanogenMod hasn't released an official ROM for the white bread, vanilla, Exynos-powered original GS4 before now. But lo and behold, a new build for the GT-I9500 GSM model has appeared on the CM download page. It's a test version of CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4) if you're interested. 


As you may recall, support for Exynos-based hardware has been something of a sticking point for CyanogenMod and other ROM teams. While the LTE versions of the phone with Qualcomm's Snapdragon system on a chip designs have had plenty of support, the Exynos versions have lagged behind for various reasons. But last week CyanogenMod posted an update to Google+ speaking on the build for the international S4, saying that they were getting close to a release thanks to a hardware donation. A member of the CyanogenMod team said that the first ROM posted yesterday is in fact a nightly build, despite being marked "test," which means that further nightlies (and hopefully M and release builds) will be available soon.

Those of you who have already put a custom recovery on your GT-I9500 can download the test build and flash it now. Don't forget to back up your primary ROM (it's the first release, after all) and grab a copy of Gapps if you want access to the Play Store.

Source: CyanogenMod, Google+

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  • TheUndertaker21

    FINALLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYY. Thanks guys for informing us about it, I just hope for a BETTER Battery life,

  • Yash Ostwal

    Awesome... Better late than never! This is definitely the most awaited thing to happen to the i9500 model. Other popular ROMs will also follow. Big thanks to the CM team!

  • Kunal Bodke

    Finally, I can get rid of this stupid battery hogging TouchWiz..

  • Piotr

    It took some time. Is some part of S4 properly closed?

    • Joe Anthony Suarez

      In this case: yes. It's that damned Exynos processor. Samsung loves to be stingy when it comes to releasing source code for their processors.

      • Piotr

        Just another reason not go for it right after Knox. Damn, could there be a recently released phone with an SD card slot, replaceable battery that is prone to rom customization?

        • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

          If you want microSD I don't think there is a phone like that.... The One Plus One could be the ONE, but who knows...

        • CommentatusMaximus

          There is the Google Experience version of the S4 with Qualcomm processor that came out in the US.

  • jqlive

    will this work on a I9502? The dual sim card model. I don't mind loosing one sim card slot.

    • TheUndertaker21

      I doubt that, I don't think it's possible for I9502.

  • TheUndertaker21

    I tested the rom, even it's early to give any results, but so far everything works, wifi, bluetooth, camera, no heat problem or other stuffs, I just can't install apps from playstore due to error 403 which can be fixed. I will do a full battery test when my battery drains. then full charge, hopefully it gives me 2 days battery life.

  • mrjayviper

    hope this bodes well for the note 2014 an up series (wifi only).

  • Matt Koehler

    Maybe answered already, but I am currently in germany and I have the 9506, is this for ALL 9500 series mine included or just the 9500 itself

    • Yash Ostwal

      Nope. It is for the internation octa-core version of the S4 - the i9500 ONLY!

  • tmxturuu

    all you people know that Exynos based chips are very hard to work with and maintain. Samsung itself dont offer anything to the AOSP community and still you buy Exynos based devices and ask CM or any other maintatiners to work on it. Just dont buy these phones, simple as that

  • CommentatusMaximus

    Seriously considering crossing off any Exynos based device until Samsung starts supporting developers who support their customers. THANK YOU to CM which currently sits on four of my seven devices. Once this one goes stable, my wife's S4 will make the leap. And I'm hoping my Note 3 (Exynos damn it) will also get some love too.

  • Thabang Jnr-Buck Letsoalo

    Got it but now nothing on my phone downloads. Nothing at all.