Custom ROMs

Most Android enthusiasts would have heard the name ROM pop up every now and then. Living in the Android ecosystem, ROMs have a major part especially third-party / custom ones. First of, let's clear out what ROM actually means. The word ROM in pure computer terms directly means Read Only Memory. What we consider an Android ROM is largely the same. A good description would be that a ROM is the whole Android OS that runs on your device. As Android being Open Source, there are versions which are maintained and developed by third-party developers alongside the official releases. As the Operating System isn't intended on being modified by the end-consumer, it is characterized as a ROM.

The key distinction in ROMs these days are two. One being, custom ROMs and the other being official ones. People usually refer to custom ones when they speak of ROMs as 'updates' is a much suited word for official ROMs.

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Once you take a look at custom ROMs, you would see a lot of variations. Again, for easier recognition, there are two main differences between custom ROMs, that is Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and custom iterations of official ROMs. AOSP ROMs are a more fulfilled sort of development undertaking as developers start from scratch and use Android's core code to make a ROM for a certain device.

The popularity of a certain device is directly related to the number of custom ROMs being developed. For example, if we see the Galaxy S flagship line of phones, you will notice that even till today, Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 are being worked upon. While other releases like Galaxy J series don't see as much attention.

What does a custom ROM offer that isn't available in the built-in Operating System that a certain device shipped with? This question has a very broad answer mostly because users have their own preferences. First of all, custom ROMs do offer latest Android versions at a much sooner date. This means, you can try a newer Android version even before the brand of your device comes out with the official update. Secondly, with a custom ROM, a lot can be customized. Users can pick and choose features they want to be added or removed, how the UI is, how the phone performs and what sort of tweaks they want to run. The features these ROMs offer aren't included in the stock / official OS. The notification bar, for example, in most official Android OS deployments is not customizable and even if it is, it has a limited selection of buttons that you can play around with. However, in LineageOS -- a popular ROM -- you have unlimited possibilities.

Performance gains were related with custom ROMs for quite some time. However, as hardware progressed, these gains have diminished. They haven't been removed but the chance of you noticing the change is very low. Now, most users rely on custom ROMs solely for the customization options and latest Android versions.

We, at TeamAndroid, cover almost every popular ROM for majority of Android devices. Some highlight names include LineageOS -- formerly CyanogenMod / CM, AOKP, Resurrection Remix. LineageOS has been around with the CM moniker for the largest amount of time. It started of as an AOSP ROM for only a few devices to now serving almost hundreds. The ROM has an unique theme chooser which lets you modify the UI almost completely. Further, it includes latest performance tweaks that apply to large number of devices. Again, the key highlight is the latest Android version. LineageOS supports Android 7.1 Nougat on all new builds.

This has been a brief description of Android ROMs. Android and the word ROM have been related since the very start so the history is vast. Android ROMs have a loyal user base which follows the cult and supports it. Developers are still churning out new projects and builds each day for all of us to try. You can check out our Custom ROMs and Tips & Tutorials section for full installation guides on various devices.