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Top 5 Android Custom ROMs You Should Know

May 29, 2015 17:00 pm / Posted by Amy to Android Phone Topics
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What's the difference between a stock ROM and a custom ROM? A stock ROM is the version of the phone's operating system that comes with your phone when you buy it. A custom ROM is a fully standalone version of the operating system including the kernel which makes everything run, apps and services and so on except it's customized by someone in some way.

What does "customized" mean exactly? Since Android is open source, developers are free to take stock ROMs, modify them, strip them of garbage, optimize them, add things, and do other things according to their needs. By flashing a new custom ROM, you can get more frequent updates that fix bugs and introduce some new as well as fantastic features. Here we'd like to show you top 5 Android custom ROMs when you choose to flash a ROM to your Android phone.

1. CyanogenMod

Adimitedly, CyanogenMod is one of the most popular Android ROMs throughout the world. It offers a ton of fabulous features such as supporting for OpenVPN, downloadable themes, more privacy tools and so forth. It also has the type of polish and support that makes it easy to use. There are builds of CyanogenMod for Android phones and tablets. You make check the supported Android devices here.


MIUI is definitely one of the most customizable, elegant and fast ROMs. It is developed by the Xiaomi Tech in China but localized for a lot of countries and dozens of languages. It offers strong theme support, beautiful stock apps, customizable lockscreens, supports for GApps, and complete root access. You will get a device that's much easier and more fun if you use the MIUI ROM. Click here to find the supported devices.

3. Slim ICS

The Slim ICS is a super-thin, lightweight installation that's remarkably easy to install for all Android users. While other ROMs try to add numerous new features and tweaking options, Slim ICS is designed to concentrate on the essentials and gives you a fast and clean installation. However, only a handful of Samsung devices can be supported by Slim ICS. Check the list of the supported devices.

4. Liquid Smooth

Liquid Smooth is available for multiple devices such as Motorola, HTC and Nexus, etc. It's one of the fastest ICS ROMs on the market. The overall size of the ROM is nice and small, leaving more space for the apps and features are great, most importantly the speed is fast also. GApps are baked in and the ROM allows you to customize it as you wish.

5. AOKP (Android Open Kang Project)

The Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) is a relative new ROM compared to other sophisticated ROMs available. It offers many of the features that CyanogenMod has. It has earned high marks for add-ons and tools that you can't get in CM, centralized control over ROM options and overall more customization options than CM. It's fast stable and definitely worth owning by users. Here are the supported devices.

All in all, these five custom ROMs are the ones you should know. Want a flash a new ROM to your Android device. Check this article out.

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