Mar 20, 2014

Galaxy Mega ROM Review - Mokee

















1. Tested Version
ROM - MK44.2-201403081113
Gapps - 3-20_GApps_Standard_4.4.2_signed.zip

2. What it is
MoKee is am open source firmware based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project). Just like MIUI platform, MoKee also provides its apps throughout its own market place.

3. Characteristics
Just installed this, will updated soon.

4. Recommended for
Will update soon.

5. Known Issues
If you can't find the App Drawer icon after the initial icon, it's overlapped on Web Browser Icon. Drag it out and place it on empty space. Took me a while to find it out -_-;;

Included MoKee launcher is somewhat limited. I recommend Nova or other launchers.

MoKee market place is in Chinese.







Galaxy Mega ROM Review - Beanstalk















1. Tested Version
ROM - 4.4.255-20140312
Gapps - 3-20_GApps_Standard_4.4.2_signed.zip

2. What it is
Beanstalk is CM based ROM developed by Beanstalk team.

3. Characteristics
Easy to use, stable, works right away after install, 

4. Recommended for
Compared to Carbon and Slim Kat the icons and background are warmer and cuter,

5. Known Issues
It comes with 3 launchers installed; Google Now, Holo HD and Nova. It felt like Holo Launcher HD was somewhat lagging so I switched to Nova Launcher.

I had few random reboots while launching youtube and other apps.
After file download finished, it flashed continuously on notification window. I restarted the phone and it went away. Check the screen recording below.

http://youtu.be/Y2OyYTgJkJI

Mar 19, 2014

Galaxy Mega ROM Review - Paranoid Android





** PA (Paranoid Android) ROM **










1. Tested Version
ROM - 4.4.2_20140218
Gapps - PA Mini 20140316

2. What it is

3. Characteristics
Just installed this, will updated soon.

4. Recommended for
coming soon

5. Known Issues
None so far, Video working, Keyboard size fit, Super SU works well (can delete system apps).

Galaxy Mega ROM Review - Vanir





** Vanir AOSP **













1. Tested Version
4.4.2_030714

2. What it is
This is a Firmware developed by Team Vanir. Like the rom name says its AOSP based ROM with Vanir Team's touch.

3. Characteristics
Simple, clean, very stable

4. Recommended for
I have not been experienced Vanir Rom before so so I was little skeptical about installing it but what a surprise! This ROM is very fast, simple and stable. Highly recommended for everyone and especially for new users who want to install custom ROMs.

5. Known Issue
Cannot delete system apps even with Root access. I tried to delete some of the pre-installed system apps with Room Tool Box Pro but somehow it wasn't successful. It seems like either built-in Super User is not working or file systems & authority setting are different.

During heavy usage the device temp goes really high. I am not sure if this is ROM issue or specific app issue.

Galaxy Mega ROM Review - Carbon




** Carbon ROM **











1. Tested Version
2014-02-18

2. What it is
Carbon rom is aftermarket firmware based on AOSP. The ROM is very stable and fast.
One of the unique feature of the ROM is its neat lock screen. It features Active display and Sliding notifications.

Carbon Fiber is its customization option. You can change many settings such as Notification Icons, Graphics and behaviors here.

* There is updated version of this ROM (2014-03-09). I haven't tested this yet.


3. Recommended for

Everyone, people who want to experience Carbon's unique features, people who prefer cold-dark-minimal design.


4. Known Issues

No known issues so far; video works okay, keyboard size is correct without Build Prop update, data connection is okay.

Galaxy Mega ROM Review - AOKP


** AOKP **

1. Tested Version
2014-03-01

2. What it is

3. Characteristics

4. Recommended for
So far this works well with Metro version Galaxy Mega; keyboard size is correct and video playback is working correctly. This was my daily ROM for Metro PCS Galaxy Mega for long time (I switched to Carbon now)


5. Issues
Calendar Sync Issue - The most recent update doesn't come with Google Calendar Sync function.
Built-in Android Calendar (green calendar icon) won't be able to display your Google Calendar so you will have to download Google Calendar (blue calendar icon with 31 on it) from app store and install.
After it's completed you will be able to use other calendar apps (Android Calendar, Jorte and etc..) as well.

Galaxy Mega ROM Review - Slim Kat


** SlimKat **

1. Tested Version
2014-02-21

2. What it is


3. Characteristics
Convert to the Real Dark Slim, various functions including its own Lock Screen, Slim Pie etc.


4. Recommended for
In order to fully utilize various functions and themes, I would recommend Slim Rom for moderate & advanced users. Slim Rom also recommends their modified version of Slim Gapps.


5. Issues

Keyboard layout issue. Some international keyboard may not be displayed correctly.
In order to solve this issue you may have to edit DPI value from Build Prop. Try DPI value 240 insteado f 360.

Galaxy Mega ROM Review - Cyanogen Mod 11

I decided to create a separate post for each ROM.

** CM11 **












1. Tested Version
ROM: cm-11-20140317
GApps: 3-15_GApps_Standard_4.4.2

2. What it is
Cyanogen Mode (CM) is an enhanced firmware for Smartphones and Tablets. It provides various additional features which original phone's firmware cannot provide. This is the most famous custom ROM package for Android devices.

3. Characteristics
Simple, lightweight

4. Recommended for
Mid-High level users. Although Cyanogen Mod is the most popular firmware, I don't recommend it for Metro PCS Galaxy Mega users due to the couple of issues.


5. Issues

* You may have to update Wireless setting in order to get the data work. If you cannot login to Cyanogenmod account or Google account during start up either use Wifi signal or skip the setting.

Go to Setting -> Wireless & Networks -> More -> Mobile Network -> Access Point Names (APNs) -> If T-Mobile is selected change it to MetroPCS LTE. For more information please check the post from XDA.

* Cannot delete system apps. Seems like Super User or authority related issue.

* Calendar Sync function. Pre-installed Android Calendar can't be synced with Google Account. Download Google Calendar app to solve this issue.

* Youtube screen error. (Fixed)
(Video screen is fixed with new version. It's working okay now)

Few screen glitches can be found on Welcome screen and Youtube.
When playing Youtube, screen goes gray and half of screen is out.
If you manually visit Youtube mobile site via browser and play videos, they work okay




Mar 4, 2014

Metro PCS Galaxy Mega Rom Reivew / Guide / Tips / Bug Report

I've been installing various ROMs (CM11, SlimKat, AOKP etc..) on Mega and been testing them out.

This is my review / guide / tip / bug report for those who want to check them before installing on their phone.

Please note that there are more than one versions available on each ROM, so experience maybe different on each versions; new features maybe introduced hence new bug can be found (or removed)

Developers are constantly releasing new updates so please check XDA site often. Please visit XDA Galaxy Mega site and check ROM thread (especially Silesh.Nair's posts)

http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-mega/orig-development


How to install Korean Keyboard

Dedicated to my wife

...also people who want to install Korean keyboard and learn Korean typing.


1. Go to Google Play and search for Korean Keyboard.

2. Many different types of Korean Keyboard will appear. 
I personally like Google Korean Keyboard (you can search for Google Korean)






3. Download and install. Wait until it finishes. 

4. Go to setting, scroll down and find out Language & Input menu.Click it.



5. Check Google Korean Keyboard to enable it.

6. Change Default to Korean - Google Korean Keyboard.




7. Exit out Setting screen.

8. Open up any app (Web, Youtube, Note etc..) to test it out.