Best custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROMs

Best custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROMs
According to data published by the Android team, as of January 5th, Android 5.0 Lollipop – the latest update to Google's mobile OS – is installed on less than 0.1% of devices running the company's platform. Indeed, with the exception of the Nexus line of devices and several Motorola handsets, Lollipop is still extremely rare.

This is partially due to the time-consuming process that an over-the-air update represents – first, your manufacturer's software division needs to rebuild their proprietary interface to conform with the new update, and then this update needs to be certified by each separate network carrier (granted your device was bought from, say, Verizon, AT&T, Vodafone, etc). All of this – bug free. This takes time – doubly so when talking about as massive an update as Lollipop. But with Lollipop having been around for a while now, lots of people simply can't wait for manufacturers and carriers to get their act together, and that's where custom Android ROMs based on it come in.

Now, as you can imagine, if a well-paid legion of software engineers that work for this or that manufacturer can't deliver this quickly enough for your taste, then hobbyists Android devs are obviously in an even worse position. Regardless, custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROMs are slowly becoming more and more abundant, even if the entirety of them can't yet be labeled "stable". Nevertheless, a score of them work very well and are mostly bug-free, and so are worth your consideration if you're looking to make the switch.

Find below a list of custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROMs that are available for multiple devices. Always follow install instructions for your device specifically. Otherwise, you risk bricking (breaking) your device.


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35 Comments

1. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

In my opinion every android phone should be produced with stock android installed... If you want a different skin just download it from the Google play store..

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I agree. Lollipop is running on 0.1% of devices running the company's platform is kinda too low. They have to fix this major issue. Microsoft's approach of WP is much better to adopt.

16. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Lollipop's share is so low because Google itself stopped the rollout as soon as they realized how buggy it was... then they released 5.0.1 for the devices that had already been updated, and only when they managed to fix enough things they pushed 5.0.2 to everyone, but this happened only one week ago. I received it just a week ago on my Nexus 7, and I received 5.0.2 directly from 4.4.4. And it still has some bugs. So, the real lollipop update starts now, and we'll have to wait for Android 5.1 to have a bug-free system...

32. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

That explains why my dad's nexus 7 lte haven't got the update yet

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Please refrain from speaking on things about which you know nothing.

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

How do you know his experience with Android? An avatar on a website doesn't necessarily mean anything. Besides, he makes an excellent point. I prefer skins to stock, but allowing the user to make the choice would go a long way toward speeding up updates. That's what Android is supposed to be all about, right? Choice.

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well said.

17. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

These ROMs are full operating systems, not "skins". It is not a matter of simply going to the Play Store and downloading one. It takes hundreds of hours to develop a ROM, and hundreds of hours more PER DEVICE to port it over, assuming the phone is even capable of running custom ROMs. If all you want is a "skin", that merely takes a 3rd party launcher like Nova or Next, and maybe some icon packs.

24. g2a5b0e unregistered

Fair enough. That makes his comment slightly irrelevant. It doesn't make it any less valid.

25. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Phones should give users to choose between skin or AOSP at the first boot up

29. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

While I can certainly agree with the principle of that, the logistics are a different matter. The main issue simply being storage. AOSP doesn't take much space (well under 200MB not including Google Play apps), but heavy ROMs like TouchWiz or Optimus UI can easily take up a gig or so. Someone buying a Samsung device and choosing AOSP would assuredly be angry about having so much storage space being wasted with a useless OS they have no intention of using.

33. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

What about this , the phone ships with the skin version , if the customer wants stock android he could download it at the manufacturer's website and install it without voiding the warranty

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Ha! The first thing you've ever said that I absolutely love! I agree with you 100%,

19. DurTeeDee

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Tim Cook is so right it would fix so many issuses with fragmentation

21. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

In my opinion that will go against everything that Android stood for, Skins are a major part of the OS. That will pretty much mean that Android would be no different than lets say Windows Phone with a Stock interface running across different OEMs devices. I recall when many trashed WP for the same exact reason you are suggesting Android implement.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Looks like ASOP almost to me on CMs picture, is that OPs new OEM release?

5. hallihallo.87

Posts: 53; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

LG G3 with Lollipop ftw. Went official in Denmark 23/12-14 ;)

6. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

One plus one has great development. Good to see developers taking efforts for this rare beast lol

36. lallolu

Posts: 731; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Yes, was an early adopter and I bought it because I believed developers will be interested in the phone and I seem to be right so far. The number of ROMs for the phone is enourmous.

7. beillal

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Its SlimLP, not SlimKat (which is based on Kitkat).

12. Retro-touch unregistered

I also found that poor on the writers part, he didn't research enough to figure out that Slimkat is based on Kitkat and its supposed to be SlimLP. Also keeps mentioning based on lollipop and the title is clear about the subject matter

8. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Author, you don't need to include "based on Android Lollipop" in every photo. Your title says all ROMs here are based on Android 5 already.

34. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Exactly , a little hit of common sense wouldn't hurt

13. beillal

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Also it would be better if you mention whats different about each rom. Currently you are just listing support devices.

18. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

Can anyone help me out here... i have installed lolipop 5.0.1 in my s4 gti9500 a week ago and now its draining my battery faster than i hav expected plus google play store and other google application is not working. i want to get back to kitkat 4.4.2 till the official 5.0 is released by samsung. So how do i install 4.4.2 again in my s4 ?

20. DurTeeDee

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

this is the wrong place for support like this but you should get the firmware from sammobile and flash it via "odin" if you want the official samsung one go with the one for "your" device. or download a custom rom based on stock and flash via your recovery, that way ou can keep root and recovery. then make a backup

27. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

I'd say check to see if you have any wake locks installed. If not, download Greenify to see if there any rogue apps that are eating your battery.

22. devonblue4u

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 12, 2011

I have a LG G3 and an old Galaxy S2 running Lollipop Resurrection Rom. I have a Galaxy S4 running 5.0.1 CM12 Google Play Edition lollipop. OEM's need to start working with better devs. If the community can keep a 4 year old phone running on their latest OS BEFORE their flagships get it, somethings wrong.

23. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Custom Rom... SUCKS!

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

How do you know? Which custom ROM have you tried? On which device? Or simply because it offend your Apple fathom?

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