Android users: Are you using a custom ROM? (poll results)

Android users: Are you using a custom ROM?  (poll results)
While Google's layer of apps is branded and proprietary, everything else that you've come to recognize as Android is completely free to use and modify. Which explains the existence of a vibrant sub-culture of Android modders and enthusiasts, who just love messing around with their devices and shun stock options.

How big of a community are we talking about, though? It's definitely in the millions, though there's honestly no real way of knowing for sure. In any case, it's quite likely a tiny proportion of the gigantic Android ecosystem, which now spans billions of devices. Given how our own community here at PhoneArena is hardly made up by a bunch of your average Joe's, we wondered just how common custom ROMs are among you guys. So we asked.

According to the results — and those sure surprised us — out of the 1601 voters, 43.66% of participants do use a custom ROM, which, again, was pretty unexpected. The remaining 56.34% obviously don't. Still, even after accounting for the fact that we have quite a few techies around here, and even though we know that those same techies are more engaged with our polls, we still didn't quite expect as many people to indicate they use a custom build. Sure, this isn't a representative sample, but still something to keep in mind.

Android users: Are you using a custom ROM?

I'm using default software
I'm using a custom ROM



18. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Custom ROMs are a gateway to making your device updates both manufacturer and carrier independent, thus you can keep receiving Android updates whenever the carrier and/or manufacturer ends support for the device. Only downside is if your manufacturer had loads of customization in their skin, and/or multiple proprietary sensors/drivers. In which case, you're bound to run into compatibility problems here and there, some of the unique features of your device stop working, and many of the cistomization options may vanish. Thankfully, my OnePlus One doesn't suffer from any of the downsides, but I still gain the benefits :)

17. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

MY boot loader is locked by my carrier and I can't get roms

14. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

43.7%, when in reality the number of Android owners who root is barely 0.437%. Nobody voting but die-hard phone geeks.

11. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Doesn't matter. Others will continue to suscribe.

10. dimas

Posts: 3468; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

That picture. PA is presenting custom roms as band aid solutions for android flaws. The xperia review and this. Way to go with your biases PA, you just lost a subscriber in youtube.

15. zcubed

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 16, 2015

Honestly a proper picture would be a bunch of cool addons to the android mascot. Like an extra pair of robot arms and goggles. Maybe jet boots.

6. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

The deafult stock rom on my Find 7a which is ColorOS v.2.1.5i. Won't play to use a custom rom anytime soon, altough the 3rd party rom community for Oppo devices seems to be very active day by day.

4. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

Wow.. More than I expected... I used cyanogen on my s3. Really good little bugs and very fast.. On my moto X 2nd Gen I have no reason to get a custom rom yet. But if I do, it'll be for a marshmallow style variant.

2. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Custom Rom is very useless...... If not that Google and its hundreds of partners are poor at pushing updates to its numerous devices. I don't know why a company cannot just drop 2 - 4 devices per year. And put all their focus in them.

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

You make zero sense.

7. Acer_Predator unregistered

I didn't get him too but maybe something is right about it..

5. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Because prices range from $50-800 and screen sizes 3.5-6", that woud mean you exclude yourself from a marketting target to focus on something that most people dont give squat about.

8. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

He thinks that there are only 2-4 kinds of people. If he's that stupid I think you shouldn't waste your time on him

9. carlemillward unregistered

Though I can understand the frustration of updates, 2-4 devices are a bit extreme. Perhaps A-Z?

12. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Nah its not! The industry is very wide now, its better to do few devices and do it well than do plenty and do rubbish. Look at OnePlus, apart from recent 'x' they had just 1 device and made more money than. Companies that had 5 devices. They had one target! Premium! And focused on it well, which has made them a successful company and arguably the most famous startup company. Its the same reason you would not reject an Oneplus Two but might reject any other startup company flagship.

13. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

The ones you can't do, other companies would do them. Just find a target and become king at it. whether premium or affordable, average or value for money.

16. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

i agree, why use custom roms made by amateurs while you can use stock roms that are created by paid engineers? who knows what kind of security holes are in these custom roms? people who play with custom roms have too much time on their hands and don't have a mobile banking account.

1. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Using Resurrection Remix on my LG G2. Smooth and Stable AOSP experience!

19. Rigbaby

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

It's amazing the G2 is still going strong, running BlissPop on mine

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