Last week HTC and Samsung finally released their new Google Play edition smartphones running stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy S4 and HTC One with plain Android are available for all, but if you already own one from a carrier we’ve also got you covered. There’s already an HTC ROM to make your One stock, and now Verizon Galaxy S4 owners can do the same.
Thanks to those hard working developers at XDA, you can now unlock the full stock experience on your own Verizon Galaxy S4 by flashing their custom ROM. Brought to us right from the GPe version itself. They’ve ported the stock Android 4.2.2 build right from the Google Play Edition, and of course adding Verizon CDMA was quite the challenge.
So far the developer states almost everything is working perfect. Skimming through the details it appears the IR blaster still isn’t working, and a few comments have suggested issues with GPS as well. Surely the developer will continue to work out these issues, so stay tuned for more details and updates.
Those aside, if you’re looking for that stock experience and are locked into Verizon, this is one (of many coming soon) available. The same thread has options for blacked out Google Apps (thanks to Team BlackOut) as well as an option without root for those wanting that stock experience through and through. Give it a try, and let us know what you think in the comments below.