Android users: Are you using a custom ROM?
posted by Chris P. / Nov 11, 2015, 6:15 AM
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.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
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
I'm using a custom ROM
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Custom stock rom.
posted on Nov 11, 2015, 6:24 AM 7
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.
posted on Nov 11, 2015, 7:10 AM 11
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.
posted on Nov 11, 2015, 10:37 AM 5
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
posted on Nov 11, 2015, 10:15 AM 3
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posted on Nov 11, 2015, 6:25 AM 0
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.
posted on Nov 11, 2015, 6:25 AM 3
Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014
Wait wat. Euphoria is CM Based? I thought it was AOSP with a CM flair to it...
posted on Nov 11, 2015, 8:40 AM 1
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.
posted on Nov 11, 2015, 9:43 AM 1
Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014
I'm using the iOS 9 custom-ROM.
posted on Nov 11, 2015, 6:28 AM 0
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!!
posted on Nov 11, 2015, 6:29 AM 8
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.
posted on Nov 11, 2015, 7:43 AM 5
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.
posted on Nov 11, 2015, 6:37 AM 2
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.
posted on Nov 11, 2015, 12:10 PM 1
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