Bored Of Your Android Phone? Try Custom ROMs!

Android Custom ROMs

June 25, 2011

You have two options with an Android device – use the stock ROM and applications provided by the manufacturer, or be adventurous and install custom ROMs developed by online communities. The stock ROM and apps from Android Market suffice, is it really worth rooting your phone and installing custom ROMs?

When I bought the Samsung Galaxy 3, it had just been launched, and it was one of the few affordable Android phones. It came with Android 2.1 and Samsung said the device would be upgradeable to 2.2. Within the first week of owning the phone, I felt the need to root it because I wanted to gain additional space by uninstalling unwanted apps. I waited for two months until I came across Super One Click Root, which worked like a charm. I then used Titanium Backup to uninstall apps and backup installed apps and apps data. I also managed to enable Live Wallpapers, which wasn’t officially supported by my phone, using Root Explorer.

The Samsung Galaxy 3 offers 192 MB of storage space for installing programs and I used it all up in no time. The solution to this problem was Android 2.2, which allows moving the apps installed on the phone memory to the memory card. I couldn’t wait endlessly for Samsung to release the next version of the ROM for Galaxy 3, which is also know as Galaxy I5801. So I Downloaded the ROM with Android 2.2 meant for Galaxy I5800 which uses the same hardware as I5801. After a few weeks, I came across Kyrillo’s ROM on forum.xda-developers.com, which is a custom ROM. It’s pre rooted with Live Wallpapers enabled, unwanted apps removed and some useful additional apps included. It was just what I was looking for, much lighter and responsive than the stock ROM. The developer had also updated Google Maps, included additional apps, wallpapers and ring tones. I started with Kyrillo’s ROM version 2.7 and after a few weeks version 3 was out with additional tweaks and updated apps. The latest stable version is 5. I update my phone’s ROM atleast once a month when the next version of the ROM is out.

My experience with the Samsung Galaxy 3 is just an example. Custom ROMs are available for all the Android Phones by big brands in the market. Phones by HTC are the first to get custom ROMs because of their popularity. The best source for custom ROMs is forum.xda-developers.com. Find your device on the homepage and go to the Android Development section, which has the ROMs listed.

Before going ahead with installing a custom ROM make sure you have backed up your contacts, messages and apps along with their data. SMS Backup Pro is a great app for backing up and restoring your messages. Carefully read the instructions for installing the ROM and make sure your phone isn’t low on battery at the time of flashing. Backup/download your phone’s original ROM in order to revert if you aren’t comfortable with the custom ROM.

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