When it comes to the wide world of custom third-party Android firmwares, three names have been established as the crème de la crème: CyanogenMod, AOKP and MIUI. All three ROMs have managed to stay caught up with the Android Open Source Project–in most cases beating manufacturers to the punch with better, faster updates. CyanogenMod began rolling out Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, based nightlies just a couple days ago. Today, it’s AOKP’s and MIUI’s turn.
Support for both AOKP and MIUI’s new Android based builds are slim right now but should expand rapidly. AOKP Jelly Bean build 1 is currently available for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, Nexus S, T-Mobile Galaxy S III, T-Mobile Galaxy S II and several models of the Galaxy Tab, while the latest Jelly Bean based version of MIUI, 2.8.17, is ready for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7.
If you’re not familiar with AOKP and MIUI, both are very different, yet still based on the source code found in the Android Open Source Project. AOKP is a vanilla Android build, featuring a ton of customization options. AOKP is very similar to CyanogenMod, but with several different features. MIUI is a total departure of stock Android. It has more of an iOS feel to it, but still features more than enough customization options and theme choices to remind you it’s all Android underneath. MIUI is one ROM you have to experience to really see what it’s all about.