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Meet the best custom ROMs for Android
As we've said numerous times before, Android is extremely flexible when it comes to customization. That's one of the reasons so many people choose an Android device over something different. However, installing live wallpapers and third-party widgets aren't the only ways of personalizing an Android device. There's a number of communities online dedicated to coding full-fledged Android ROMs, loaded with unique features and personalization options. 

Here we've picked some of the best custom Android ROMs available out there. Check them out below and feel free to try them, as long as you have the technical skills to do so. Just be careful as the procedure of flashing a custom Android ROM is a tad complicated, not to mention that the hack voids the device's warranty. You've been warned!

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posted on 21 Jun 2013, 06:39 9

1. whoyton2 (banned) (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


I knew all of these and I am currently rocking CyanogenMod 10.1 on my tablet and PAC ROM on my Samsung galaxy s.....best package ever!

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 07:58 1

52. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


PAC to me is the BEST custom ROM out for any device. It literally has everything you could imagine in a ROM.

Simply the most ROBUST ROM out there by FAR.

+1

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:04

2. Jason2k13 (Posts: 657; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


I use my phone for online banking, so i don't install custom roms on my main phone, I think there is less security. But i do root it to get more benefits and features.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 09:56 8

22. kozza3 (Posts: 575; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


so, you feel less secure on a custom ROM but you root your device anyways?

:S

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:45 8

27. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


By putting the power of certain security features in your own hands, a custom ROM can be quite a bit more secure than a manufacturer's offerings.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 13:49 1

35. housry23 (Posts: 81; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)


CM is much more secure than stock Android. Also, they are developing a new secure mode that will allow you to block permissions for apps.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:16

3. josephnero (Posts: 325; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


i use Stock rooted rom on my Sony xperia T and CM10.1 for my galaxy s2

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:24

4. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Aokp miui Roms are great to!

Using Resurrection Rom Kernel on s3 and Note2

JB 4.2.2

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:27 8

5. Retro-touch (Posts: 264; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Liquid Smooth team broke up into two (Carbon and LS).

PA also has new features (halo) that came out just recently, bubble inspired multitasking

Wish you guys wrote at more length this seems poorly structured, cause you don't say the most important things

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:42

6. LAKAME_MAN (Posts: 36; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


SlimBean is my ROM of choice. Has all the features I want/need w/o the unwanted bugs :D

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:44 4

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


After dealing with Jokersax's disappearance from the Internet and not searching for any ROM to replace his, I was inspired by this article to seek out any new ROMs that support the Atrix. I have found that Avatar does support it. I am trying it out now, and thus far, not only is it on a newer Android version (4.2.2 instead of 4.0) it seems to be more responsive and COMPLETE as a ROM than Joker ever got his to be. After about 40 minutes of work I have the ROM about where I need it to be at least for the day, and will have great fun tinkering with it as time goes by.

Thanks, Phonearena!

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 11:27

28. amancarlos (Posts: 42; Member since: 09 May 2012)


the atrix deserves more...

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 11:35

29. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


What are your plans for your next phone?

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:59 1

8. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Ive stopped using roms all have bene to unstable so just root get rid of junk and I am happy

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 09:11

17. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


same here.meanwhile i appreciate the hardwork the homebrew community puts into these devices,non-nexus devices (specially exynos/tegra devices) are pretty crappy with AOSP roms.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:01

9. dorianb (Posts: 426; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Not to be rude, but the pics for Avatar ROM looks like boo boo.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 09:15

19. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


thats how its suppposed to look

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 12:01

31. dorianb (Posts: 426; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


That's turrible!!!
-Charles Barkley

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:15 1

10. Zeus.k (unregistered)


I have tried 'em all But I keep coming back to AOKP. Best RoM ever.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:28 1

12. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Me2

Great ROM

Loving it!

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:23

11. Zeus.k (unregistered)


Btw I do all of my online banking from my phone. Never had a single problem. Waiting for next mr1 milestone from TEAM KANG.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:38 7

13. Dastrix (Posts: 619; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


If Android were as flexible and stable as the Windows kernel or Unreal Engine, I wouldn't say this, but clearly it isn't.

Flexible does not mean less complicated. Flashing a custom ROM must be the last thing that's on the minds of the majority of people who choose Android because it's so complicated.

So, they contend themselves with basic customization, which is available on all platforms. That's why Android is no better than any other OS. WP FTW!!!

It's ridiculous that the hack voids the warranty. In-depth customization is not worth the risk of hacking and killing phones.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:52 18

15. majp89 (Posts: 104; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


You are comparing a mobile OS to a desktop OS and then a video game engine. I have no idea what you're trying to portray here but you're not doing it right at all.

WP's customization is limited to re sizing tiles and re-arranging them. How can you say that this has any bit of an advantage over Android? You don't even have to flash a ROM on your phone to customize it; there are custom launchers available in the play store such as Nova Launcher, ADW, etc., in which you can apply various themes and icon packs.

Honestly, it sounds like you know nothing about any other platform and you're in conjunction with all of the WP fanboys that are polluting tech sites. Check out my profile and look at my long list of phones I have had throughout the years and you will see that I have had almost every smartphone OS. The first phone I rooted and flashed a ROM on was the Droid Razr, so even before that I enjoyed the customization that Android gave you.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 13:42 1

34. Dastrix (Posts: 619; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


You misunderstood my comment. Let me break it down for you. My comparison was merely for the sake of justifying Android's inferior level of customization.

Given that it's the most popular mobile OS, a direct comparison with its desktop and video game engine counterparts makes sense, as far as the limits of the software realm are maintained.

So, I'll say it again because it sounds like you couldn't quite assimilate my previous point. Android's software architecture is subpar to that of its desktop OS and video game engine counterparts. I hope that I could enlighten you with that statement.

And, unless you can provide factual proof, your oh-so 'long' list of six phones is, quite frankly not so long. I'm impressed!

For the record, I never said that WP 'has any bit of an advantage over Android.' Your logic, or lack thereof, proves that your comment is devoid of any possible credibility, further ascertaining my point that any response you'll provide is futile and borderline paranoia.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 14:22 1

36. majp89 (Posts: 104; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


You still never explained why you're comparing it with a video game engine. And I don't think that a person, being me, would lie about those choices of phones as their list of phones. In actuality, I provided more logic in my argument than you have in any of yours.

In fact, other than moving in a complete, repetitive circle, you still have not proved to me why Android is inferior to any other mobile OS out there other than ones that have been in development or deployed for a considerably longer period of time than Android, in which, those are not mobile operating systems.

Any argument that you're trying to make still does not reflect the fact that there is no other mobile OS out there that has the depth and customization ability that Android gives you. You said WP FTW and implied that you have no more of an ability to customize an Android phone more than you do across all platforms. I said you're wrong, because of Nova Launcher, ADW, Go Launcher, etc. Heck, on any other OS you can't even set a live wallpaper. Widgets? Android was there first.

Either you're a really bad troll (with a Nokia icon) or you really are just that ignorant that WP is inferior in a lot of ways to Android and even iOS. The only thing I can say that WP has over Android is the fluidity of the OS. That's it. I will break it down for you (since you have obviously never owned an Android device):

Hardware - Android can support quad core architecture and above. One might say that WP doesn't need that kind of hardware, but as games get more advanced and better graphics are needed to support then, being stuck on a quad core with Adreno 225 graphics isn't going to cut it.

Customization - For stock Android, depending on the manufacturer, there are different skins that you can apply alone without downloading anything from the App store. HTC has themes on its sense interface that a user can change on their own without using a launcher. Nonetheless, live wallpapers are on every new android device by default, something you cannot get on WP. Download a launcher, and you can have any interface that you want on the store, free or of charge. Advantage: Android.

Screen: Android supports 1080p resolution. WP supports up to max 720p resolution. Advantage: Android.

Fluidity/Navigation: Stock Android is on its way to becoming essentially smooth, but it still has some work to do. Sense 5 is easily the smoothest skin I have used (aside from TW on the Note 2/GS4) and in time Android's hardware will actually mean something. Android is still fragmented and has a way to go before it is fluid. WP has buttery smooth navigation even on lower end devices and rarely did I ever encounter any hanging on apps when I opened them. Advantage: WP.

Don't think I need to go any further, you get my point by now.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 16:12 1

39. Dastrix (Posts: 619; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


I wouldn't have cared to respond back, but seeing how you wrote so little, I'd just like to inform you that your response is completely irrelevant. I appreciate the effort. You really went overboard, albeit off-topic as it pertains to my original comment. Please refer back to it, and do provide a more concrete response. I would, however, like to thank you for pointing out the obvious differences between WP and Android.

To best reply to your comment, I'll quote your own lines, if you don't mind.

'You still never explained why you're comparing it with a video game engine.' Never before have I seen a statement so extraneous and redundant that it's actually downright stupid. Can't you read? I clearly underlined the reason in my previous response.

'Any argument that you're trying to make still does not reflect the fact that there is no other mobile OS out there that has the depth and customization ability that Android gives you.' WOW. Where did you ever get that from? I'm speechless. I take it you're a retard. I never said that Android is not the best when it comes to customization. Nor have I compared it to any other mobile OS for that matter. It really makes me wonder: Are you mentally unstable? Or 'are you really are just that ignorant?' The former would seem more likely because once again, you proved to fail at understanding my response.

'Don't think I need to go any further, you get my point by now.' Think again.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 18:32 2

41. Fishbowl (Posts: 21; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


"I take it you're a retard. I never said that Android is not the best when it comes to customization. Nor have I compared it to any other mobile OS for that matter."

--->So, they contend themselves with basic customization, which is available on all platforms. That's why Android is no better than any other OS. WP FTW!!!

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 13:34 1

47. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Taco is this you? Just quit man. Do us all the favor.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 09:01 9

16. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Lmfao!

There's no jailbreak
There's no Custom Roms
There's no Quadcore
There's no 1080p
There's no 400ppi
There's no hardly any apps and games!

Well at least there's options in iOS and Android, but in Nokia Wp8, there's nothing! A total lock down! You must not love freedom but prefer doom?

O wow know Nokia wp8 will be getting all the specs and CPU Gpu that Android all ready has! Finally! O wait when? 2014 June?

I denial and more like "Jealous" you are!

Wp8 down south more like, not FTW! With 4% share yea FTW RIP!

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 12:23 2

32. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


AHAHAHAHAHA
You think WP is more locked down than ios?! Sure there's fewer jailbreaking options but I don't know of ANY current mobile os more locked down than ios! AHAHAHA

©®ÿ †° ÿöüΓ µσµµÿ
(>') ◕‿◕)>'

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 15:46

38. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I'm using the ip5 which there is no option to use those
Trademark
Registered
Certified
Symbols neither can you download nor available on App Store so sad and pathetic

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 17:00 1

40. Dastrix (Posts: 619; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


LMFAOOOO! You're pathetic. With almost a million apps, you can't find any? Give me a break! And that's not good enough for a comeback. Try harder! HAHAHA

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 08:08 1

44. juanyunis (Posts: 72; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


Wrong, read these:
1.http://bgr.com/2013/05/10/windows-phone-store-apps-number/
2.http://winsupersite.com/windows-phone/145000-windows-phone-apps
3.http://www.zdnet.com/windows-phone-hits-145000-apps-all-eyes-on-the-ecosystem-7000015155/

Only 145.000 apps available.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 01:18

53. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


Lame STATEMENT!!
FANBOY DETECTED!! XD

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:45

14. majp89 (Posts: 104; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


I wish they had the JellyBAM one for the DNA. Unfortunately for anyone with a Verizon phone, you're only stuck with the basic ROM. Least I have Sense 5 :/

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 11:38

30. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


That's what's going to worry me about the DNA 2, should it happen. I would be a bit surprised at this point if VZW released the One only.

Damn the US carriers and their lockdown policies!!!

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 14:34

37. majp89 (Posts: 104; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


I live in a high tech area so I think I am just going to switch to T Mobile because coverage is not an issue for me. Better choice of phones than Verizon anyways and not as much lockdown BS.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 09:14 6

18. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


I think the CM picture is really misleading.....

you need to show CM10.1, not outdated CM7

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 09:38

20. Phaze0085 (Posts: 102; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


This was too AOSP based. They should of had some TouchWiz roms, and Sense roms.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 09:49

21. LAKAME_MAN (Posts: 36; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Yeah... no. There aren't many none AOSP ROMs available for many devices. It would be kind of stupid.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:00 2

23. kozza3 (Posts: 575; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


i think they were trying to show ROMs that were available for a large number of devices

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:14 1

24. MartyK (Posts: 726; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


YEAH!!!..... I use all of them of the Galaxy Note-2....every week I change out, for something different and new!!

They forgot to add, alot of stuff can be ported over from HTC-Samsung-SOny....etc

This folks, is the power of ANDROID!!! :)

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:21 2

25. Techsplash (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


i simply root my phone just to get to the ram that is restricted and to create swap memory files.well,thats because i dont have a very high end phone that can run anything thrown at it.it helps in gaming.but i never installed a custom rom.i dont know why.btw i really like to discuss on rooting .i dont we should have more posts like this.

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 10:57

45. Diazene (Posts: 129; Member since: 01 May 2013)


SWAP will kill your phone's internal memory fast, unless you're using external memory (which can die too, but it's less of an issue) but it will be slow

I recommend you delete any swap you made

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 10:25 1

26. Techsplash (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


i accidently typed "dont"instead of think.sorry for that.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 13:16

33. tomn1ce (Posts: 103; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


With the exception of Jelly Bam I have used all of those on my vzw G-Nexus and the one that I keep going back to is BeanStalk...Is the one that has given me the best performance...

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 00:56 1

42. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


You guys forgot PACman ROM!!.. Its a hybrid ROM with CM, Aokp, PA, and its on mods too just like JellyBAM but a lot more stable.. Atleast for my i777

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 12:14

46. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Am rocking Liquidsmooth 2.7 on my I9300 and it's awesome!! :D

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 14:28 1

48. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


This is why you get an Android phone..choices, choices, choices.

posted on 23 Jun 2013, 09:44

49. Suo.Eno (Posts: 235; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


For my i9100g we get literally everything on the list except for pure PA and LS. If I have to really rank 'em:-

1. CM - because this is the de facto "you all can haz base and kang us" base for most other AOSP driven ROMs and they're still the only one to me so far that can pull off near flawless nightly builds faster than fast.

2. Slim - Not too dependent on CM, has Linaro, kernel at more current ver 3.0.82 for i9100g, well built own gapps' pack and the smallest install footprint of all.

3. PAC-man - Probably the best P + A + C implementation around.

4. AOKP - Got swagger but still close to core like CM. Hard to put down the guys who brought us Ribbons.

5. JellyBAM - Controversial as it is (those in the know may concur), this is the everything and the kitchen sink ROM in 1 single .ZIP w/ no need for a separate gapps install. Could be a lot better if fully open source and maybe Linaro thrown in.

6. MIUI - i9100g gets the stock Samsung 4.1.2 firmware based work. It's still in its unofficial stage so right now performance wise it's still a hit and miss.

Other worthy mentionables are RootBox and Orca Project (orcaproject.co)

posted on 23 Jun 2013, 20:26

50. steelew (Posts: 72; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


My vote is for padawan JB ROM.

posted on 23 Jun 2013, 21:35

51. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 371; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


PA should make a poll for for this article

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 04:39

54. dexviajiboy (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)


So mainstream custom listed

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 20:20

55. maulgandhi (unregistered)


IMO liquid smooth is the best. Then i like rootbox, xenonHD. I never tried AOKP, so cant judge.
in terms of features rootbox is the best.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 23:14

56. Souru (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


hey friends I suggest you to try Archoid ROM ... good , smooth and fast...

Check out : letskickstart.com/2013/04/archoid-rom-butter-smoot​h-project.html

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