Android users: Are you using a custom ROM?

Android users: Are you using a custom ROM?
As is the case in desktop computing, the open nature of Android, along with its ubiquity, are among the main reasons for the proliferation of just as fierce, and quite large, community of modders. From first-timers that just want to get their hands dirty, down to enthusiasts that mostly communicate in alien initialisms that you can't figure out, it's fair to say that general Android modding is at an all time high. 

But none of that would be possible without a dedicated group of developers who slave away for free just so those same modders have cool stuff to play with. And while there are quite a few modifications you can carry out without having to install a different version of the software (or ROM), custom ROMs still are quite popular. But are they as popular as a few years back? We'll probably never know, but it's worth finding out just how many among our readers do use one.

So for today's poll, we're asking that you indicate whether you're using the version of the software that was available with your phone out of the box, or if you've successfully managed to "flash" (read: install) a custom solution based on it, or something else. Let us know by voting!

Android users: Are you using a custom ROM?

I'm using default software
56.33%
I'm using a custom ROM
43.67%

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81 Comments

1. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Custom stock rom.

17. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Too bad many of us got the bootloader locked!

20. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

When I see people complaining of touchwiz.. I smhh.. I mean touchwiz is the best skin in terms of "twitching" to one's desired usability.. Has options not available in vanilla.. Actually Google copied most of tw features since lollipop.. With a few more apps that don't require rooting.. I have made my note 4..to have features it dint have like ; 1.double tap home button to launch camera 2.double tap screen to wake or lock 3.have the best Neural keyboard Among other features.. I never need root my device.

35. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I am fine with TouchWiz but prefer Nova Launcher.

62. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

By the way, the custom ROMs are not all about to get rid of the OEM UI,.such as TouchWiz. Fine-tuning the way you want your phones to act like is awesome. Xposed Framework is awesome. Adblock is awesome.

59. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Thank you! i can't even get into vanilla because its boring and featureless until recently and even then when they show the new stuff it can do i look at my galaxy and its been there for 3 iterations already. i get it not at fast but the shortcuts and attempts at forward thinking or what win me over

79. michaelny2001

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

does Note 4 have the double tap to wake or lock??? i thought it was an LG exclusive...

45. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Euphoria ROM!

2. bistech

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 23, 2015

Android sucks

11. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Whatever....

12. darushah.shah

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Your opinion sucks... :p

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

I violated my S4 earlier this year with a CM 12.1 based ROM(euphoria OS). Battery and camera went to absolute crap. Also there were a few bugs. I tried to factory reset it only to know it bricked the poor device(you need to factory reset from the recovery, something I learnt the hard way). Finally after giving up, I flashed the stock firmware into the bricked phone(it was only soft-bricked, so re-storable via download mode) and it's been working fine since.

46. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Wait wat. Euphoria is CM Based? I thought it was AOSP with a CM flair to it...

48. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

And what is CM based on?

49. TyrionLannister unregistered

It showed CM 12.1 in the settings. Also had apollo music player, a few CM apps and other things( easter egg was also CM one).

57. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Well...sh*t. *Moonwalks out of the scene*

56. zcubed

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 16, 2015

I highly recommend the CM 12.1 Optimized builds by AntaresOne for the S4. I switched from the GPE rom to this one last month and my phone has never been smoother and battery lasts all day. Just make sure to backup (titanium backup is wonderful) and factory reset before you install any rom always.

73. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

There's a certain sense of masochism needed for ROM flashers. Belated welcome to the soft brick club ;)

4. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

I'm using the iOS 9 custom-ROM.

7. Acer_Predator unregistered

Of course jailbroken.. With so many customization.. Don't worry we know

82. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

It was a pun - obv. not many got it.

5. Acer_Predator unregistered

This is that paradox when kids thinks that original software suck so they want custom ROM made by some amateur and then they think that all is OK then and then that amateur ROM maker will say ; eem camera isn't working yet , or eem problems with MFC or fingerprint not scanning and this crap ..and many other problems.. But those naive kid who has custom roms all sudden are happy with so many problems but when in original ROM software was all working then they said it is crap.. So pathetic/naive/childish Had custom ROM once and had only bigger problems never installed that crap again!!

19. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

We have amateur user here.

32. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

So you tried once, and as a result assume anyone who uses a custom ROM is naive? Nice. I've run CM on numerous phones now (mainly Galaxy's) and overall I would say it's been more stable and battery life has been better than the stock ROM, but not always by any means. I've had plenty of bugs, but the great thing about a good custom ROM is that it gets updated much more regularly than official ROMs (except perhaps Nexus devices) and the developers listen so bugs don't tend to last very long. The best thing about custom ROMs though is they continue to get updates long after the official ROM for a phone does, which is really important considering all the vulnerabilities that keep popping up on Android. I've got a Galaxy S3 here running Android 5.1.1 that received an update 2 weeks ago that contained some security patches, can't imagine an S3 on the official ROM is still getting them.

78. Acer_Predator unregistered

U see? cm is licking only samsung's ass No support on other phones whatsoever

52. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You tried custom rom once now you talk as if all custom roms suck big time. RIP logic and reasoning.

6. shady_maniac

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

I flash a new rom monthly

8. KRISTIJANJE

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

Custom roms made sense to me on weak devices. CM is light and my old GT-I9000 stil works good with it. On the new strong phones they can bring more options but usually you lose stability. It is not worth it in my opinion.

68. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Custom roms don't have to be CM or AOSP based. Some of the best custom roms I've ever used took the stock firmware and tweaked it. They made it faster, smoother and gave it much better battery life. They added features that stock didn't have while retaining stock stability.

9. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

The poll result is obvious, less custom rom users visit sites like this

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