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MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM now available for Galaxy S4, gives Indiegogo backers the best of both worlds

Samsung Galaxy S4 GPe and stock

It’s probably one of the best things to happen to Android in quite sometime. A custom ROM that allows you to seamlessly switch between manufacturer UI’s, and a stock Android experience. The aptly named MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM hit rooted HTC One devices a few months back, and effectively let Android users have their cake, and eat it too. Now it’s time to finally bring Samsung Galaxy S4 users into the fold — well, those that backed the project on Indiegogo, that is.

For those that did, they’ll be some of the first to a stab out SWITCH on their GS4s, testing out the ROM still in its beta stages, hopping between TouchWiz and the Google Play edition ROM while the rest of us commit to a single Android experience and sulk. You can follow the development of the ROM via the link below. Keep in mind this is only for GSM versions of the S4.

[via MoDaCo]




  • Chris

    Will they ever do CDMA?

    This is the only reason I would consider rooting and ROM’ing my S4!

    • DavidVarghese

      I hope they can get CDMA for the HTC One also!
      One of my regrets for sticking with Sprint…
      :’(

      • Roaduardo

        Yeah but that Unlimited My Way plan though…

        • DavidVarghese

          lolol

          If only I had service right now to use it…

          • Roaduardo

            *hugz* Hope they hook your area up soon playa.

      • Chris

        Just a heads up, I read through some pages and this is a quote from the developer:

        “A CDMA version isn’t planned, what IS planned however is making Switch available to all ROM devs.”

        So he isn’t going to make an CDMA version, but hopefully after he releases it a dev will create a working ROM for us :D

        • DavidVarghese

          Ah damn… Well at least he’s releasing it, which is good for modding.

  • Roaduardo

    Another fantastic reason to grab your android phone and…

    • Covert_Death

      rooting has never been enough to flash roms though, you need an unlocked bootloader and that is usually much more difficult to come by.

      • Roaduardo

        I’m confident most of us here are aware of that. Locked bootloader = bad. :(

        • Dan

          I’ve never been able to flash a custom rom on my Note 2 (keep getting the yellow triangle), but I have rooted it and gotten a lot out of it :)

          • Big_EZ

            There were roms you could flash on the Note 2 with root and a locked bootloader in the beginning. Once the bootloader was unlocked all the roms require it now. If you rooted instead of unlocking the bootloader and rooting at the same time then it’s a pain to unlock the bootloader, you have to use Samsung Kies to revert to stock first.

          • Roaduardo

            Sorry to hear that, but it’s good you got something out of it. Sometimes, just having root access is enough for many who just want to use apps that require root access.

      • Big_EZ

        This is incorrect. I have flashed roms on 3 different phones that had locked bootloaders. It is limiting, but roms are still flashable.

        • addicuss

          This is incorrect, rooting and unlocked bootloader are not the same. You can, on some phones, use root to exploit and get around the locked bootloader. Or in some cases you can use root to change parts of the phone so that you almost get a full rom experience out of it. But there is no guarantee at all that if a phone is rooted you will be able to flash roms. Case in point: Motorola droid x was unrommable for years until someone found a work around called safestrap. even then “roms” couldn’t change the kernel at all.

          • Big_EZ

            Nope, I had a rom running on my Droid X 3 weeks after release. It had roms within a few days of release. They are full roms, even AOSP roms were working (not 100% without work a rounds though). Kernels were not flashable until recently with the kexec exploit. Before safestrap, there was bootstrap. With root on Motorola phones the only limits were Kernels and downgrading firmware (for the kernel)

          • addicuss

            You’re definitely wrong. I encourage you to ask on XDA developers (or actually search. someone’s already asked I’m sure in fact if you post anything on xda equivocating root with unlocking the bootloader odds are you’ll get 2503 responses telling you they aren’t the same. It’s the xda version of confusing your and you’re). For the droid X in particular the only AOSP roms were heavily modified hackjobs because you couldn’t replace the kernel or boot img so it was using the motorola kernel. Which meant many of the features of the “ported” aosp roms like CM didn’t work. No changing clockspeeds or governors or any of that. Over time workarounds for that were found for those things as well. http://www.droid-life.com/2010/08/19/koush-releases-droid-x-bootstrap-allows-full-nandroid-backups-custom-roms/ posted a full month after droid x release.
            “So can we now install custom ROMs?
            Yes, but you can’t replace the kernel or boot image. But really, once you have access to /system, anything is possible. It will just take a little hackery.”

            http://www.droid-life.com/2013/04/09/root-method-released-for-droid-razr-hd-running-android-4-1-2-other-devices-too/

            “Yesterday, Dan Rosenberg published the first Motorola bootloader unlock method in history. It was an epic moment for the rooting and development community on Android, as no one had been able to accomplish anything close to this for what seems like an eternity on a Motorola device since they started locking them down back in 2010.”<– almost all of these phones had root methods already so if what you say is true this wouldn't be a big deal.

            Here is an explanation by someone much more technical than I am:

            Root

            Rooting a device is a method to gain full access to the operating system. With root you can do all the administrative stuff, write to locations normally restricted to the system and customize your device deeper. Root enhances your privileges and you are able to change almost anything inside of your rom. The rooting, however, affects ONLY your operating system

            Unlocked Bootloader

            In most devices, the Bootloader is the instance that calls the operating system (Android) and manages direct access to the device's partitions. Having an unlocked bootloader enables you to flash custom roms, custom kernels, recoveries and so on.

            A simpler way to look at it: With the bootstrapper that came from koush as a root exploit, you could install CM (although not a fully functional version, one functional enough to be good enough for most people), You could never do something like install a completely different OS like ubuntu. That would require an unlocked bootloader. Nor could you upgrade to new versions of android especially if the kernel was significantly changed. I remember being stuck on Jellybean, and later jellybean modified to run parts of ICS for a very long time.

          • Big_EZ

            When did I say rooting was the same as unlocking the bootloader? I didn’t. Just because a bootloader is unlocked doesn’t mean we can have working AOSP roms. The AOKP rom I ran on my locked down RAZR MAXX ran better than any AOSP rom I’ve ran on my unlocked Note 2. BTW, that AOKP build that ran so good on the RAZR was built on the Gingerbread kernel. The fact is you can run custom Roms on a bootloader locked device, that’s rooted and has an exploit. Also the Droid X had the ability to adjust the clock speed within a few months, I underclocked mine and I only had it for about 8 months.

          • addicuss

            youre kind of missing the point and instead focusing in on an argument I never made. Im not here to argue if the gingerbread kernel or ics kernel or the CM kernel is better. It doesnt matter

            my point is root does not equal rom. Locked bootloader means any “rom” you’re running is just a modified version of the same OS. It doesn’t matter if it looks completely different, does things differently, heavily resembles CM or whatever. And yes in some cases root leads to exploits that allow full roms but not always. So the answer to “if i root can I install roms” is not a resounding unequivocal “Yes” as you’re stating. It depends on the phone and how heavily locked down it is and often the answer is No.

            Also I haven’t challenged any of the statements you keep throwing out there like ” man I did that 2 days after launch” But frankly you’re either remembering it wrong or just full of it. probably remembering it wrong.

            http://www.androidcentral.com/droid-x-overclocked

            Full 2 months after launch an overclock was found. it’s an exploit (because to really overclock without an exploit you’d need a kernel that supports it.)

          • Big_EZ

            You started off putting words in my mouth, I never said root=unlocked bootloader. I also never said any phone with root can flash roms, I just said that it is possible. Where was the question of “if I root can I rom?” I replied to some who said “rooting has NEVER been enough to flash roms though, you need an unlocked bootloader” with a correction because it can be done (and has been done). I said I flashed roms to my X within weeks (and I did) I said I underclocked (but meant undervolted) within months (and I did) which falls into your 2 months before an exploit was found. I didn’t say there was NO exploit to flash full roms, I just said it could be done.

  • guitarist5122

    Note 2 next please!

    • Big_EZ

      Verizon versions as well, but that’s not very likely.

  • justin middleton

    go nexus or go home

  • jschu22

    An English teach dies every time some one reads that first sentence of the second paragraph.

    • toomuchgame441

      Teacher* but still hilarious… Lol

      • jschu22

        Edited, an slightly embarrassed by my mistake.

        • 9Johnnyn9ne9

          and*

          • Astridax

            This is what those without SwiftKey or a proper keyboard get mwuhahahaha xD!

          • 9Johnnyn9ne9

            I love it Ahaha

          • Dan

            lol

  • Raj Bhatt

    I hope the team does thiss for the LG G2 as well…

  • phatmanXXL [16,000+ posts]

    More phragmentation from goofle