Top 5 Android custom ROM software features
posted by Michael H. / Sep 27, 2014, 10:38 AM
There are tons and tons of custom ROMs based on Android, and we can't really take the time to look through all of them and the various tweaks and changes that each offers; and, we aren't going to consider any ROMs that are only available on one manufacturer's hardware, like DarkyROM which is Samsung only. So, we're going to focus specifically on the biggest Android custom ROMs around, like CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android, and MIUI. These are the ROMs that have survived the longest, have the best support, and are available on the widest range of devices. Basically, we'd like this article to stay as relevant as possible for a while.
The rules are a bit different this time around, though. These ROMs aren't device specific, so no worries about hardware-specific features. But, we are going to try not to get into the myriad settings and under-the-hood tweaks available in all the ROMs (which is why you won't find any of the nice features of AOKP on the list), and try to target more visible features. Anyway, on with the list!
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the beauty of android....
posted on Sep 27, 2014, 10:42 AM 19
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i've been saying this for years, LIVE ICONS would change the game.....this would be my favorite feature.....
posted on Sep 27, 2014, 9:28 PM 0
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xposed framework is better then anything else
posted on Sep 27, 2014, 10:49 AM 4
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Don't worry, that top 5 is in the works
posted on Sep 27, 2014, 10:52 AM 8
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umm no. i have a 4s that i haven't updated to ios7 and there is not a single live icon. all you people like to do is say that apple is getting copied left, right, and center, but the fact is that they copied the live icons and the blurs from miui period.
posted on Sep 27, 2014, 3:08 PM 4
Xposed it good I agree, but since Paranoid offers a similar function as Tinted status bar, I dropped Xposed so I can switch to ART
posted on Sep 27, 2014, 11:23 AM 2
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Well we can sit all day arguing which is better, but it depends on what you want, because both things have a world of difference. Xposed is a framework with add on modules, while a custom ROM is a full blown OS. While xposed is easy to install, all you need is root access, flashing custom ROMs is a much more complicated process. Xposed is all about Customization, while custom ROMs is a lot more than customization. Xposed customization is complex with tons of tweaks that can give you brain farts, custom ROM customization is easier and streamlined. Xposed can be unstable at times, while a good custom ROM will be much more stable. Xposed can't change android version, a ROM can.
posted on Sep 27, 2014, 11:30 AM 0
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A lot of Xposed modules are ports of custom (and factory) ROM features to be used on other ROMs/devices. I actually don't use Xposed all that much on my Nexus 4, because I don't have to - the custom ROMs give me many of the tweak options I want. On my Samsung Galaxy Light though, I'm running Xposed up the wazoo, especially Wanam to get rid of the excessive status bar icons and un-dismissable notifications on this dinky screen.
posted on Sep 27, 2014, 11:44 AM 0
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Xposed is fantastic. But the feature I rely the most on is Performance control. When the battery is 10% or less on my MotoG (cm11), I set it to powersave mode and it runs at lower clock speeds (450-800MHz). This gives me at least 2-3 hours of standby time before dying. And when I set it on high performance, it actually runs smoother than Nex5 even at HALF the clock speed. (Nex5-2.3GHZ, Moto- 1.2GHz)
posted on Sep 27, 2014, 12:22 PM 1
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In AOKP there is a feature that let's you adjust the display brightness by touching the notification bar and sliding back and forth. Live and die by that feature. Haha
posted on Sep 27, 2014, 10:52 AM 0
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