AOKP, MIUI get first official Android Jelly Bean releases

AOKP, MIUI get first official Android Jelly Bean releases
If you are an Android power user that likes to load custom ROMs onto your phone, today is turning out to be a pretty great day for you. Popular ROM makers AOKP and MIUI both have released their first official ROMs based on Android 4.1 Jellybean. That brings buttery smoothness to some of the most popular after-market versions of Android out there. While several ROM makers have been releasing very preliminary builds for a couple of weeks, these two have a level of stability and feature-richness that those unofficial releases lacked.

MIUI feels a bit like basic Android with aesthetic touches borrowed from both Samsung’s Touchwiz and Apple’s iOS (see below). The initial release of MIUI is just for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (all models) and the Google Nexus 7 tablet, although we expect more devices to be supported soon.

AOKP's first official release is currently compiling so we don't know which phones are in the initial batch, but if their past in any indication they will support several devices in short order. AOKP has more of a stock Android look, but layers in numerous ways to tweak the phone to your liking, including built-in notification toggles, navigation bar modifications, and the ability to control the audio level independently for each input (e.g. media, phone calls, etc.), as well as custom theming so you can make your device look "just so".

Both releases are essentially 1.0 versions, so they should be stable enough to use as a daily driver, but if you are the type that likes having every last bug squished you may want to wait for a few more releases. Also of note, CyanogenMod has just started doing nightly beta releases of CM10; CyanogenMod has been the most popular custom ROM so far, and with nightlies having started it may only be a matter of weeks before they have an official release as well.

So choose your custom ROM carefully – and as always, if you are not comfortable hacking your phone (and accepting responsibilities if you screw it up) then just hang tight. Most of the newer phone and tablet models should see Jelly Bean in the coming months. And if you are new to MIUI, some shots of the interface can be seen in the gallery below.




source: AOKP, MIUI, and images in gallery via Droid-Life 1,2

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11 Comments

1. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

AOKP hasn't actually released anything except a statement. If you head over to their page they don't have download links for any JB roms and their official release page actually says that downloads aren't available.

2. jeetster

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

if you look really really close, you'll realize that they're done building it for GN and its simply being complied, meaning it'll be up shortly.

3. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

It's up for 3 models currently (S3, Nexus 7, and Nexus S). I've tried MIUI for a little bit but so far, IMO AOKP FTW. Can't wait to test AOKP for the GN (not out yet). MIUI is up for the GN, Nexus 7, and Nexus S.

4. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

If I used the gsm gn download link, would it just not work on the cdma gn? I really want the aokp but I don't want to bother downloading the int'l version if its not going to work.

5. jeetster

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

kingpet, maguro is the intl gnex. toro is verizon, and toroplus is sprint

6. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

running MIUI 4.1 on my sensation. its awesome. of course, im using a launcher. dont like the whole apps thingy on my home screen..yes i know theres folders..dont lazy to move 200+ apps into folders.

7. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Get bored of the ANDROID UI and then switch to AOKP for a slight refresh. After that move to MIUI. Use it till you get tired. Then switch back to Android UI. In effect, never get bored

8. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Isn't it MIUI what the smartphone Xiaomi Mi-Two is using? Is it any good?

9. rob5150

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Poor article information .. it is cyanogen that makes all the roms. And then aokp. And miui take cyanogens roms and then tweaks them from there.

10. lukasound

Posts: 152; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

i wish i could find a custom rom with sound quality as great as stock player... those roms are great (i love paranoidandroid) but none of them has the sound i can get on stock with just Rock equalizer set. they are all weak and their rich dsp managers and equalizers just distort the sound.

11. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

That's because they have crap DACs. You'd have to stick with the older Nexus S and its Wolfson DAC, then Voodoo it.

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