Best Android 4.3 custom ROMs

Best Android 4.3 custom ROMs

Looking back, it truly hasn't beentoo long since Android entered the mobile OS arena as a daringcontender against the trend-setter from Apple. Ask a bunch of peopleto sum up what the underlying design philosophy that Android so candidly followed is, and openness and stemming from that –customization – are sure to make a telling appearance.



Of course, it has been a while sinceAndroid played the role of the underdog, and things sure are lookingdifferent nowadays. One thing, however, has not changed, and it isthe topic of today's pick: there are still a number of people who arehappy to invest the extra hours of reading, experimenting andsometimes even ruining their devices to get Android to work exactlythe way they want. If you fall in that category, or simply arelooking into spicing things up a little bit, then you've come to just theright place, for this is our pick of the best custom ROMs based offAndroid 4.3.



Note that Android4.3 hasn't been on devs' radar long enough, so most of these ROMs areconsidered unstable. That being said, Android 4.3 didn't exactlybring too much to the table, so these are, for the most part,sufficiently stable, despite their alpha/beta/nightly tags. Bear in mind that meddling with your device can result in a brick, or said otherwise -- make sure you read the full instructions before flashing anything and make sure you're using files intended for your device. If it feels/looks too complicated, you probably should ask somebody with more experience to do it for you.



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33 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

PA, I've said this before. There IS NO best ROM. It all depends on what the user wants and how they want their phone to look like. Change the title because it's completely not true.

4. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

He's just recommending some high quality ROMs, take a breathe.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Changing the title to "Most Popular 4.3 ROMs" is a simple fix. Not hard at all.

10. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Albeit an unnecessary one.

5. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

PA gave you choices of course.

12. sssssssss

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

why not they simply make a poll so we can decide our best rom :D just suggestion!

14. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Agree. :D

13. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Absolutely agree with you. No best ROM for all users. Each one has his/her best ROM. So are brands and operating systems.

15. duder52

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

These are what the author of the article considers the best roms. It is irrelevant whether he uses the word "best" or "favorite" the same thing is implied for either term. It sometimes seems as if developers refuse to use the term "best" so as not to defend other developers who don't get the title of "best".

16. duder52

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

"offend"

18. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

I'll stipulate that these may not necessarily be the best ROMs for everybody out there, but I see no reason to fool around, claiming all ROMs were created equal. That's simply not true. Please bear in mind that compiling an extensive list of the truly best ROMs is quite the impossible task -- one is pretty much forced to cut the massive list down sooner or later, which is exactly what you have here. Moreover, not all ROMs have been updated for 4.3 while others may have simply managed to slip past us, despite our best efforts :).

19. duder52

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

As is the case with just about everything, something has to be the best and something has to be the worst. Well done on the selection. These are all the more popular roms that officially support a wide range of devices and many have been ported unofficially.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There are definitely different strata of custom roms. CM usually has a lot of broken features and bugs. Some are really unstable, some are porrly executed, etc...

27. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Been using Paranoid Android for a while now, no problems with it and its better than the stock android.

29. MrSamsungGalaxy

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

CLARIFICATION FOR THE WRITER: Contrary to your comment there is a BEST ROM but your lack of technical understanding leave s you to not understand the concept. When speaking in terms of "BEST", best means which ROM has the least bugs, stock application integration and more. It simply means "This or these are the ROMS which have had the LEAST reported problems out there and/or will support future growth in ROMS or apps. That is a Tech classification. Heres YOUR lesson. Your reply defeats your own argument because you stated that there is no best but only a best to each individual and last time i checked this is THE WRITERS POST so your correct and this is HIS opinion of Best being as though its his article. There are 2 explanations to clarify your false accusations towards the writer.

33. cnpthe3rd

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 01, 2009

Relax and read the full title again it says "best roms" as in the ones that work best have the most or best features are most stable etc and it then gives you a lot to choose from

2. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Cyanogenmod is my baby.

3. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

i got the paranoid ;) (Nothing is real)

6. sssssssss

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

every rom has some bugs or some missing feature . so i prefer stock rom . but cyanogen and pac are my fav. among them

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

LiquidSmooth is my favorite. I've tried out 5 and this one seems to appeal to me more. I'm running 4.2.2 now but don't know if I want to try an unstable 4.3 ROM..

7. Gsizzle

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

PSX (Pure Speed eXperiment) Fastest 4.3 ROM till date.

11. StalkinUrMom

Posts: 111; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

Currently rocking PA 3.97 I'm waiting for a 4.3 MIUI though.

17. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Running Cataclysm on my Nexus 4. I find it the most fulfilling ROM I've tried since 4.3, the customizable Tiles which includes Network Speed, the hold to go to last activity on the Recent Apps button, and how it can disable the lockscreen camera and a whole lot more.

20. yadu004

Posts: 72; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Carbon Rom nightlies are available for S4 as well. That being said, very good job on covering the aspects regarding custom ROMs as well. Many people work hard on developing these ROMs, and it is nice to know that they are getting good attention through sites like yours. Nice to see some articles like these for a change other than the same old boring rumors about phones and their specs etc like GSMArena does.

21. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

For the S II GT-I9100G, this ROM MoKee Open Source deserves a mention. It's CM10.2 based and probably the sharpest China based effort around complete w/ Halo and PIE and it's own slightly tweaked CM kernel. ht>removethisremovethis

23. Igneel

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Paranoid Android is my go-to rom but I dual boot my Nexus 4 with CM10.2 updates just to see how far have they improved in killing bugs. PA is practically bugless right now (with new add-ons for Halo 2.0), running 4.3 :D

26. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

I am running CM 10.2 as well. I really want to use Paranoid Android because of some of it's cool features. Can you guide me through dual boot? Does dual booting affect performance by the way?

24. silentcon

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Anyone recommend a fast and stable 4.2 or 4.3 rom for sgs2? Using stock 4.1 atm and its so laggy.

25. Retro-touch unregistered

This is a great list and I've tried every single one of these ROMS and definitely agree with the author, currently using Cataclysm was previously on ParanoidAndroid

28. suyash1629

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 09, 2013

PA's custom ROM is the best one I've ever used

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