chrishoffman at October 2nd, 2013 06:41 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/173206/5-reasons-to-install-a-custom-android-rom-and-why-you-might-not-want-to/
Android is open source, so developers can take its code, add features, and build their own operating system images for Android phones and tablets. Many Android geeks install such custom ROMs — but why?
nsdcars5 at October 2nd, 2013 08:03 — #2
Because it's awesome when you tell your friends your ICS-only phone runs JB (or later, KK).
EDIT: I just noticed you keep using that "Nexus S with CyanogenMod" image again and again and again. Even the Nexus must be fed up of it by not, why not change it?
m4zwahyu at October 2nd, 2013 08:56 — #3
thanks for this article, very usefull to me.
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crimzon at October 2nd, 2013 09:53 — #4
I installed Japanese JellyFish on an Android device, loved it !
insightfill at October 2nd, 2013 11:07 — #5
I've got a Nexus, but through Sprint. Samsung blames Sprint, and Sprint blames Samsung, but neither has released an update since January. Verizon had updated a similar phone in March. Meanwhile, I've got flaky Bluetooth issues in 4.2.1 which I know are fixed in 4.2.2. (In my case, going into Airplane Mode and then back out means no Bluetooth until I reboot or - sometimes - disable and re-enable Bluetooth again).
Heck with them all; I rooted and put on CyanogenMod and am now good. Not only does Bluetooth hold itself together now, but I've got a few other features and better control of the desktop. Cyanogenmod can even be set to look for recent ROM updates and download when they're ready. One downside is that I've lost "Photo Sphere" panorama on the camera, but I've gained HDR and control over the JPEG compression setting.
gws1963 at October 2nd, 2013 11:48 — #6
Yet another reason: Battery Life. I get about 3x as much time on my phone than with the Stock ROM. It's nice not having to plug in my phone every 8 hours or so. I can charge the phone every other day, or even every third day. (Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile running VM REVAMP 051513).
nanogeek at October 2nd, 2013 15:05 — #7
insightfill at October 2nd, 2013 15:42 — #8
Yes - I bought it last summer. No longer offered on the site. Here's an announcement. Sprint Galaxy Nexus announcement.
chrishoffman at October 2nd, 2013 21:26 — #9
I really like the image! And it's hard to find good photos, especially of CyanogenMod, on Flickr. I'll try to switch it up in the future, though.
polobunny at October 2nd, 2013 21:40 — #10
It's a Nexus One though, jokes on you.
nsdcars5 at October 3rd, 2013 06:13 — #11
@ChrisHoffman Thanks, and sorry if(you.feelOffended=true);
@polobunny Whoops. It looked like a Nexus S, and I'd never seen a One.