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?
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?
thanks for this article, very usefull to me.
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I installed Japanese JellyFish on an Android device, loved it !
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.
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).
Yes - I bought it last summer. No longer offered on the site. Here's an announcement. Sprint Galaxy Nexus announcement.
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.
It's a Nexus One though, jokes on you.
@ChrisHoffman Thanks, and sorry if(you.feelOffended=true);
@polobunny Whoops. It looked like a Nexus S, and I'd never seen a One.