As all of you know, Google lets all of us download the source code for each revision of Android they release. What this means for us is that we get to see a ton of custom ROMs!
The beauty of custom roms is all the cool features that come bundled with them. Some of the neatest features I’ve seen are customizable power widgets within the notifications panel, a great set of performance tweaking tools (i’m talking clockspeed, voltage limitations, cpu scaling governors), and customizable statusbar icons (circle battery, signal strength written out, battery bar). That is of course just the icing on the cake.
Most roms have a standard set of tweaks/features:
- Root – User given administrator privileges (Superuser)
- Deodexed – Apps are packaged into one file to make hacking easier
- Zipaligned – Apps are compressed: more efficient, less ram usage
- Modified Kernel – Better battery life, better performance
- SuperUser – App that extends admin rights to the user
- ClockWork Recovery – CWM – Used to flash kernel/rom +and more+
- BusyBox – app that contain linux command modules
A great place to start in your custom ROM endeavors would of course be XDA! Just go to their forum and look up your particular phone model. Once you’re there you’ll want to look for a way to root your phone >> install a recovery >> then flash a custom rom.
What are your thoughts on custom roms? Have you tried out any roms yourself? And don’t worry if you’re a beginner so am I! It would be great if this became a type of support thread for everyone~!