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Another Batch of Galaxy Nexus LTE ROMs to Take You Into the Weekend

In just over a week, we now have more Galaxy Nexus ROMs than almost anyone can keep up with and it’s glorious. On Tuesday, we talked about the first few Android 4.0.3 based builds that were popping up, but as you can see from the list below, there are so many more than you should think about checking out.

Some of these ROMs are completely stock AOSP builds, while most include tweaks like notification menu toggles, soft key customizations (including a search button), custom kernels, LED options and more. Oh, and did we mention that one of them is MIUI and almost fully working?

If you were wondering why we are spending so much time on this device, it’s because of this situation that is happening. Just like we saw with the original DROID, the developer community is flocking to this phone to try and create the best ROM, kernel or hack on the planet. On a daily basis you have something new to flash or a new tweak or optimization to try – it’s going to be a blast.

Threads:  Bugless Beast | Android Open Kang Project | ViciousMIUI | ZYGOT3 | Tranquil Ice

  • notme

    Guys check http://galaxynexus.roms-db.com for Galaxy Nexus custom roms, it’s auto-updated every 15 minutes

  • none

    As stated this site pushed the g-nex hard. I got one too. Kellex should be paid by google for all the promotion of android on his site. This phone is what the d2 d3 and d4 should have been. Clean android. I think there is nothing wrong with that. #stophating

  • Chrisriner84

    Definitely digging the zygpte rom. Anyone else having problems with the camera in it?

  • Salsa_33

    I had the gnex for all of one day. I was having connectivity issues and battery drained from a full charge overnight as i slept. Very disappointed in the gnex! ICS was nice but typing was laggy, even after the spellcheck fix. Phone felt cheap…thanks samsung. Im typing this on my droid rzr to see how i like gingerbread and if i can live w no physical keyboard. Will probably opt for the d4 when it comes out. I’m hoping i just had a defective gnex cuz after all the wait using a slow og droid, my gnex experience has left me quite bitter towards all things nexus and verizon lte. Was actually considering the eyephone for a split second but came to my senses. The rzr aint bad so far, i must say.

  • Guest

    Is Ice Cream Sandwich really THAT awful, that you have to jump through hoops to get even a decent GUI????

    • Jeremy Morrison

      No in fact most of these ROMs for ICS are keeping it stock but adding enhancements.

  • Anonymous

    phlpn.es/829r8s

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001805990120 Mike Røuche

    as soon as i get this im rooting it and flashing zygot3

  • Anonymous

    Every ROM, radio and bootloader released is like receiving a present on Christmas day.  

    Santa, can all Android phones have unlocked bootloaders? 

  • http://twitter.com/balinor_tx Garnie Bolling

    Loaded ZYGOT3 1.6 this AM, and loving it… with moderate use, getting 2 hours for every 10% of extended battery… hoping to last all day… tomorrow, going to use it a bunch to see the difference.   All the ROMS you have shared Kellex rock… had Rootzboat installed few days ago, and now ZYGOT3…  even installed the new softkeys with 1% battery indicator, plus the Radio fix from Verizon… all is good… 

  • Stephen

    For those concerned about it, Google Wallet is not working (yet) on Pete’s ROM.  He is in the process of getting it to work though.

  • Anonymous

    Without an SD card to back it up to, do back ups really work? If I was to use Titanium Backup Pro, then install one of these ROMs, would I lose all of my data?

    • Anonymous

      Make sure you sync your TitaniumBackups to your Dropbox beforehand and you should be good.

    • DroidzFX

      Clockwork doesn’t wipe sdcard location on the internal memory.

  • Uberblade

    I’m waiting for some liquid ics personally, but im biased since they saved my dx

  • Anonymous

    Of topic, but just had my galaxy nexus play a high pitched noise, completely lock up then shut down on me. The phone was ridiculously hot after…. :/

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisCorp ChristopherCorpening

    Before I root my G-Nex and put a custom ROM on it, I would like a poll to show what most G-Nex ROM users are using to find out which is the best for the G-Nex. 

    • http://twitter.com/balinor_tx Garnie Bolling

      check the xda and rootzwiki forums for comments.  the interaction means one of two things: love, or issues.  Found most are very stable, and some with some awesome speed even with SetCPU under clocking my GNx to conserve battery… 

  • Anonymous

    This phone is turning me into a ROM whore. 

  • Anonymous

    GNex owners: I charged mine overnight with it powered off for the last two nights (I have the extended battery) and I have noticed an improvement in battery life. I’m now getting somewhere around 12-14 hours (LTE3G mix with texting, emails, web surfing – no streaming)

    • Anonymous

      It’s the extended battery. I’m getting about the same, easily 3+ hours added with that battery. Not sure why, but loving it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/nadeemqasem Nadeem Qasem

        which rom

        • Anonymous

          Stock. I was rooted, but it broke the camera. Gonna wait a bit for things to get ironed out before rooting again.

    • Anonymous

      Today is the first day I was confused in a good way by my extended battery. Off charger 2+ hours, spent an hour listening to gmusic while jogging, sent a good deal of texts, browsed a few sites, and when I checked I expected to see around 70, was surprised with 85. I guess it’s just taking a few days.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah i think the OS needs time to get the battery stats correct. I also notice that it drops to around 90% very quickly then holds steady.

  • http://www.mactonweb.com/ Web design London

    I can tell you that I’m running bugless beast and its amazing. I’m interested in flashing the latest radio, and flashing a kernel that overclocks the gpu.

  • Anonymous

    Is droid life accessible from the Pulse reader? A search within the app isn’t finding anything.

    • Anonymous

      Did you search for Galaxy-Nexus-Life? It will come right up.

      • Anonymous

        All joking aside. You may have to add Droid Life’s RSS feed http://feeds.feedburner.com/DroidLife

      • Anonymous

        give it a rest dude. The phone is popular. Don’t be butt hurt because your phone isn’t the bee’s knees anymore.  :p

        • Anonymous

          Just making a joke. I use to come here for information about everything Android, but now I have to look around the net for info. But that said, it is still fun to come here and post comments.

          I don’t care if my phone is the bee’s knees. I bought the Bionic 2 months after it was released because it was the best for me. I could get any phone I want easily. Money is not an issue, plus my old phones always sell like hot cakes on the web. I have had 5 Android devices and know Android very well. I didn’t like the non-removable battery on Razr, Thickness and Sense 3.5 on Rezound, and Gnex because I don’t trust Samsung after owning a couple of their devices, that’s it.

          • Anonymous

            Basically I chose the Bionic over the GNex, Razr, and Rezound. I am very happy with my choice. The Bionic is flawless for me.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Richard.A.McKenzie.III Richard Albert McKenzie III

            What do you not trust about Samsung based on your previous experiences?  The Galaxy S II is one of the most popular phones right now and the Galaxy Nexus it the STANDARD for smart phone ENTHUSIASTS.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001805990120 Mike Røuche

            maybe thats because its the newest phone on verizon…. 

      • Anonymous

        Is there a way to have the whole site come up in the reader and not just the Nexus?

    • http://www.facebook.com/BenBGriffiths Ben Griffiths

      Yes, just type it in correctly as http://www.droid-life.com and it will find it.

      • Anonymous

        Strangely enough I can only access the feeds split up authors, not an overall feed. Even with a direct search for thr website. Hmm

  • Anonymous

    any 4.0.2 LTE compatible kernels only that have usb host enabled?

  • Theandyplan

    I rooted yesterday but for some reason afterwards when my screen.would go to sleep i couldnt get it to wake up again so i had to unroot it (thanks for the awesome instructions and stock files!) Once a one click root app comes out ill root. I went crazy with roms on my og. Cant wait.

    • http://quiklives.tumblr.com quiklives

      Are you by chance using lightflow?

      • http://www.facebook.com/nadeemqasem Nadeem Qasem

        yea there is an option in lightflow that doesnt let the phone wake. make sure its unchecked. some xperimental thing

        • http://quiklives.tumblr.com quiklives

          Yes. It’s an option down at the bottom to enable s6 something or other, and unclicking that fixed it for a lot of people, me included, though the other solution is to go into superuser and deny access to light flow, which doesn’t need it but will ask for it if available.

          • Michael Allis

            And that fixed it for me! SuperUser back in full force for all applications!

            Thanks for the tip, I didn’t get a chance to try and find an answer to the question yet. Saved me a lot of time!

      • Michael Allis

        Yeah, I had the same problem, I backtracked all of my actions in SuperUser, and disabled all root permissions throughout the phone. I, personally, thought it was ROM Manager that was doing it, or ADfree. However, if this is a common problem, it very well could be it was Lightflow and I just didn’t notice it.

  • gadgetryan

    IDK if I can do the ROMS again…maybe in a few months..but I am totally loving the stock…with some mods…no search bar, different battery icon…and different color home buttons..but other than that I am perfectly happy with my phone…for now!! 

  • Anonymous

    For all app devs using ICS – javascript has been retooled in ICS, I’m finding making web apps (webView) much much easier to work with.

  • Anonymous

    Can a developer create a rom that can secretly steal personal information without the user knowing?

    • Anonymous

      i too pause when presented with a download developed by someone called “LordDoom”  ;)

      • Anonymous

        Lol

    • Whett Phartz

      Sure, that can easily be accomplished. Keeping it a secret with all of the other geniuses poking at the code, well, that’s another story.

      • Anonymous

        Its like the movie the watchmen, who watches them.

    • Anonymous

      There is one…it’s called stock unrooted Android

  • Anonymous

    the best just keeps getting better –

  • Anonymous

    Any of these have improved volume or a different navigation voice?

    • EC8CH

      Yeah that voice is messed up

    • Anonymous

      i’d pay to have a different voice, that voice game my kids nightmares!    ;)

      • Anonymous

        Looks like an app called ivona might work someday with ice cream sandwich. It doesn’t now but there are several voices

  • Anonymous

    I heart my gnex. Came from the og droid and this phone is the perfect predecessor.

    • Anonymous

      Successor I mean :)

      • Anonymous

        I made the same jump. 

  • Anonymous

    Why in the world would anyone want to put a pos ROM like MIUI on their Nexus? It’s like ordering a perfectly cooked filet mignon and covering it with ketchup.

    • Anonymous

      Or soy sauce

      • Anonymous

        I prefer bleu cheese on my steak

      • niuguy

        *rimshot*

    • Girth

      I abhor MIUIs regualr launcher, but its text notifications are God tier. I just put a custom market launcher over it.

  • Cory

    I am still stock, waiting on the roms to mature a bit before I dive in. Has anyone noticed improved vibration intensity with any of these roms? I can barely feel the phone when its in my pocket and am missing calls/texts

    • John

      really? i thought the vibration was actual normal. ya one can argue about the sound volume, but as I’ve put my own notification/ringtones on the phone, they seem to be quite a bit louder (some more than othes)

  • Silveruberxeno

    Any of these making a difference in signal strength (dBm) or battery life?

  • http://twitter.com/KayvonKevlar Kayvon Khaledi

    There is also a Team BAMF release from Adr called Wookie Gonna Getcha Beta .03. Got built in UV and you can install the smart dialer from CM with no issues.

    http://teambamf.net/showthread.php/3536-ROM-AOSP-Wookie-Gonna-Getcha-0.3-BETA

  • http://twitter.com/billfordjr Bill Ford

    Project Elite ICS, FTW.

    • Anonymous

      Does it exist? I haven’t seen it mentioned until your post. Please let me know. PE was the absolute best ROM on my OG.

      • http://twitter.com/billfordjr Bill Ford

        He bought the phone and has started development. Not sure when a release will come but i look forward to buying the phone and flashing Project Elite ICS.

    • Bryan Williams

      Where are you finding PE’s rom for the gnex?

      • Peter

        I think it is still in development but Greg is working on it, I have been checking his twitter daily and I don’t even have the phone yet lol.

  • Anonymous

    “If you were wondering why we are spending so much time on this device, it’s because of this situation that is happening.” Kellex you shouldn’t have to explain why you are spending so much time with this phone. It pretty evident that this is the phone that we have all been waiting for so keep the post coming it really is a blast….

    • Thetruth

      Yes it’s your sight do what you want. But the latest polls that show most of the readers to won the GNex show that other readers are NOT coming here anymore because they are sick of getting GNex shoved down their throat. There are other options. I will hold for the GTFO response.

      • Thetruth

        Man bad grammar sorry

      • Anonymous

        You are right..There are other options.. Exercise them… GTFO.. That is all…

        • ITrollU

          What does GTFO mean?

          • Anonymous

            How could you not know?  It is in your native troll tongue

            Trollolololol

          • Anonymous

            Your name is ITrollU? Dude GTFO the internets.

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        Our site stats how that everyone is still coming here.  :)

        You won’t find better coverage on all of Verizon’s Android phones than you will here. I’m biased of course. :P

        • http://twitter.com/balinor_tx Garnie Bolling

          always a great source, I come here first before going to XDA or Rootzwiki … ! 

        • Guest

          still here waiting for an answer to my question.  or are you too much of a coward to answer it??

          • Anonymous

            Nobody will know what your question is because you’re too much of a coward to have a username.

      • Anonymous

        I’m pretty sure this site was founded in the first place due to a single phone, the Droid, and besides, development is indeed the most active for the GNex (for obvious reasons), and thus will have the most news about it.

    • Anonymous

      Not to mention 50% of droid life readers have it

    • Anonymous

      +1000 I am so happy we got this phone on VZ with LTE, this is my dream phone, and this site is a mecca for it.

    • EC8CH

      Agree.

      The G-Nex creates more news than the other phones because it is what it is.

      If some people cant understand that and complain, oh well no need to ask forgiveness from fools.

      • Anonymous

        Bionic and Razr owners are butt hurt

        • LovinMyRAZR

          Not at all. I love my RAZR . . . I manage an indirect store for Verizon, and as much as I’d love to have vanilla ICS, I wouldn’t trade my RAZR for the G-Nex. OS aside, the G-Nex is the cheapest feeling expensive-ass phone I’ve ever held, and I’m just not a big fan. Plus, when CM9 comes to the RAZR, I’ll be able to have my ICS and eat it too!

          • Guest

            glad you like your razr.  some of us feel the same way about the razr. it’s the biggest hunk of junk we have held in our hand, crap display, non-removable battery, and moto blur!  major fail!!! but moto has like 6 phones coming out in the next 2 weeks so maybe they will get one of them right.

          • Anonymous

            Hey, choice is why we love Android, right?

  • Anonymous

    Rooted to use some WIFI tether no custom ROMS yet…

    • Teabling

      I was considering this same thing, but right now, the only time my laptop isn’t in wifi range is when I’m driving to and from class.

    • http://twitter.com/balinor_tx Garnie Bolling

      most of the new 4.0.3 roms will allow you longer batter life compared to the stock 4.0.2.  

    • Anonymous

      How does that work with stock updates? Will it stay rooted and get stock updates or do you have to root again with each update? I got the Galaxy Nexus because I wanted stock Android, but I miss the wifi tether app I had on my OG Droid 1. (sorry if this is a dumb question)

      • Anonymous

        Not a dumb question, a new update will break root, but usually you will be able to run a rom that is the rooted verision of the update (just like there is 4.0.3 roms out now) but even the update should be rooted again or you should be able to install the superuser using the same method you used to root the old version. Just ignore the update till they have it rooted or upgrade with a rom :-)

  • Steenerk

    Are these going to be in ROM manager

    • Anonymous

      Some already are. Pete’s BuglessBeast is and I believe the ZYGOT3 ROM is as well.

      • http://twitter.com/TheDilge Tim Dilger

        I dont see Zygot in Rom Manager, starting to seriously consider that rom.  Looks polished and claims that everything is working.  I tried Bugless Beast, but couldn’t get Google Wallet working, so I switched back to stock.  I’m also very interested in GummyJar.  I loved liberty roms for DX.  I’ll wait it out for a few more days I think until all the kinks are worked out.

        • Anonymous

          You’re right. I must have mixed it up with Bbird man’s ROM. But just download the link from Rootzwiki and put it on your SD card. It’s simple. I can’t remember the last time I used ROM Manager to download a ROM.

      • http://twitter.com/balinor_tx Garnie Bolling

        Also RootzBoat v4…  loaded that yesterday, a good solid ROM, great features, and extended ringtones … nice.   

        but I instead installed ZYGOT3 1.6 this AM… much faster, stable, and did i mention faster… even when I use SETCPU to UNDERclock my GNx to 900 (save battery life), it still rocks… hardly notice any diff… but crank it up to 1350, and man she screams. [ also notice I am conserving more battery life on Zygot3 ] 

  • Vince

    We may as well call this phone the True Droid 2. Everything we loved about the OG, we haven’t seen on a Droid-branded device ever since. This is the first phone to come out since the OG that is going to have that experience of being able to try all sorts of different ROMs because it’s easy to do so, and because devs are going to support it like crazy.

    Names aside, exciting times :)

    • Anonymous

      What about the Nexus One and the Nexus S (aside from the fact they weren’t on Verizon)? :o

  • Aznkaos05

    What’s the best rom out there for best battery life is all I want to know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/migoyvelez Migoy Velez

    Why can’t we get a wave like this going for the RAZR?  Save us!!  Don’t leave us out in the cold!!

    • Anonymous

      You sacrificed your soul on the altar of not-really-motoBLUR. People will put forth valiant efforts to save you from your choice, but it’s pretty tough to deal with.

      • Anonymous

        lol

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Probably won’t ever see a wave like this unfortunately. With that locked bootloader that Moto and Verizon refuse to unlock, the devs just don’t want any piece of it. They all tried for months and months with the DROIDX and don’t want to go back down that road. It’s a shame too, the Razr is a heck of a device.

      • http://quiklives.tumblr.com quiklives

        This. And it’s a different situation now…when the X came out, there weren’t so many top end phones, so the X got the attention in spite of the locked bootloader. 

        I’m not a dev, I can just about manage to follow directions to flash something without screwing it up, but if I was? I would have ZERO desire to fight with a locked bootloader on the RAZR or any other phone when there’s a Nexus that makes it easy that also has a crazy ton of users.

        It sucks for RAZR owners, but it’s totally logical.

      • Guest

        still here waiting for an answer to my question.  or are you too much of a coward to answer it??

    • Anonymous

      Because we all said F YOU MOTO!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    While I’m all for a great dev community, I have to say, I find the amount of ROMs available right now to be completely overwhelming. Most of these 4.0.3 builds are incomplete and hacked using 4.0.2 files. While that may be ok for some, the Nexus is so awesome stock rooted I have no urge to flash any ROM without a real 4.0.3 base. Food for thought. Happy Holidays to everyone

    • Anonymous

      I’m thinking the same thing as you. Once these ROMs become mature, I’ll be a lot happier and will probably start flashing like a crazy person.

    • Anonymous

      Uh the 4.0.3 ROMs are based off of 4.0.3 source last time I checked…

      • Anonymous

        Yup.

    • http://twitter.com/balinor_tx Garnie Bolling

      Mike Mike, found ZYGOT3 to be lots faster than the stock, and you will notice the speed difference.  …  but glad you are enjoying the GNx

  • steve

    Do these things auto-update when flashed?

    • Anonymous

      nope. kinda sucks. you have to have rom manager pro. sometimes updates are built in like OTAs for the rom. usually not though.

    • Anonymous

      I’m hoping you could clarify your question.. auto update? What needs to auto update? Just wondering if you could enlighten me. Thanks =]

  • Mosskingpin

    Will these work on my Razr? Sorry I had too….Moto/verizon please unlock bootloaders, so our Droid friends can play too.;b

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think i am going to do custom roms till much later on… I am content with ics for now.

  • Anonymous

    i hope someone creates a gingerbread ROM soon…..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6WMN7SNGCCAKYWDLF4MCWDM6SM Alex

      I lol’ed.

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        Heh as did I.

        • Guest

          still here waiting for an answer to my question.  or are you too much of a coward to answer it??

    • Haproot

      LoL 

    • T4rd

      Screw that.. give me Donut on my G-Nex!  =p

    • JM20

      Definitely, ICS just feels beta and slow. I’ve overclocked my Galaxy Nexus, but its still not as smooth as my Nexus S with Gingerbread.

      • http://twitter.com/balinor_tx Garnie Bolling

        try zygot3 1.6 with the new kernel, and I noticed a huge diff in performance from stock 4.0.2. 

        also I underclocked with setcpu, to 900/interactive…and it rocks… did not notice any drop in performance from the GUI or navigating… but Quadrant did notice a difference, rated it only at 1300 vs 2000 with over clocked setting.  but trying to stretch the extended battery… so right now with moderate use (underclocked and off screen profiles), sitting at 70% with 6 hours  … YES ! 

      • babadush

        Hahahaha return it now

  • Interstellarmind

    Waiting for a truly one-click method to root before jumping in (unless that can’t be done?). First thing I’ll do is undervolt and overclock.

    • Anonymous
      • Guest

        You beat me to that haha, I was gonna say the exact same thing.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t use a one-click. First, you’ll have no knowledge to fix issues when they come up (and they will). Secondly, one-clicks cause problems that wouldn’t otherwise exist if you had done it the corrct way. Lastly, I’ve read that people who have been trying one-click methods are bricking their phones. Just read up on how to use ADB. Ask questions on forums if you need to. I never used ADB before but once I got it set up on my PC properly I was unlocked and rooted within 5 minutes.

      • http://quiklives.tumblr.com quiklives

        I used one-click methods on my Droid X, mostly out of fear of screwing it up doing it the long way. (I do just fine in a Linux terminal, but the locked bootloader on that phone had me constantly terrified of bricking it.)

        I installed adb and did it the “proper” way on my Nexus, and I’m glad I did. My only problem was tracking down the right drivers, but once I got the right one, the whole thing took (as you said) about 5 minutes.

        TL;DR: I agree, just dive in and do it the right way. You’ll feel better.

        • Mtlons

          What drivers did you use? None of the ones Ive tried worked. After i type adb fastboot or whatever it is, it says waiting for the device and hangs.

          • Anonymous

            Did you update the driver? DL posted the 2nd driver to download. If so:

            Also, (I was having trouble also on an XP laptop), XP kept popping up a ‘Found New hardware’ message every time I rebooted the bootloader. At that point I just accepted the defaults and let windows update the driver. After that it worked fine.

          • http://quiklives.tumblr.com quiklives

            The one that ended up working for me is the one at the bottom of this post: 
            http://www.droid-life.com/2011/12/05/how-to-unlock-the-galaxy-nexus-bootloader/ under “Alternate USB Driver”. The two listed at the top of the post didn’t work for me, but it seems to vary for reasons I don’t entirely understand.

          • Anonymous

            I ended up having to do the same. The Samsung driver worked great for adb.exe, but wouldn’t work for fastboot.exe.

          • Anonymous

            Go to device manager. If you’re using Windows 7 find a yellow exclamation point sign that says “Android Device”.

            Go through and select the options like “browse from list” or “choose device”. Once you find that you’ll have two boxes open. Select Samsung on the left. Find the latest “ADB device” mine was 9/21/11 although for others it should be 11/25/11. Just select that and finish. It should work for you now. 

      • The Race To Die

        yes, do this

    • Chris Clancy

      There is essentially a one click root, and that is mskip’s root / unlock bootloader / remove stock recovery / flash CWM / revert to stock command shell script that a monkey could do. Google it.

  • John

    Anyone have a personal recommendation on which to try first?

    • Rominator

      I recommend ZYGOT3.  The support from the developer is amazing.  Within last 24 hours, this ROM moved from ver. 1.4 to 1.6.  Not everything rom is perfect out there, but droidth3ory is constantly updating and improving his ROM. 

      • John

        Cool…thx. Will check it out

      • ITrollU

        I like 3MBR3Y0 ROM B3TT3R

        • Drazyw

          lol

      • http://quiklives.tumblr.com quiklives

        What issues, if any, are you having with it? I am reading the thread now trying to see if there are any consistent problems, but there are 100 pages apparently.

      • Anonymous

        Question, then, Rominator. If they are updating ZYGOT3 that often (great), can you update it without having to wipe the phone each time?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, the ZYGOT3 ROM is good. Super fast, but it does have some minor issues (Volume+ won’t work on it is one example). If you want a ROM with no issues at all – and I mean none – go with BuglessBeast. It’s just the stock ROM, but more efficient. No extras that are nice but sometimes slow things down. When all else fails, use a ROM by Pete.

      • John

        I haven’t had to rely on volume+, even on stock os, so that’s not a big thing for me. Do you know of anything else that won’t work? That’s the only app he lists in his o.p. saying it won’t work. Any other ‘minor issues’ that are worth pointing out about that ZYGOT3 rom(not reading all 100pages of that thread)? I like speedy roms for sure…so very interested in that one.

        • Anonymous

          You’re lucky. Maybe it’s from too many years of playing in crappy punk bands in high school and college, but my ears aren’t good enough to hear the ringer at stock if it’s in my pocket and there’s even a little background noise.

          Regarding ZYGOT, some have mentioned issues with an occassional force close on some apps but all in all it seems to be a solid ROM. I loved it, but the inability to use Volume+ was a deal-breaker for me.

          • John

            Cool. I’m not saying the sound is loud. I’ve just have had better luck putting my own ringtones/sounds on the phone, which sound a lot louder than stock tones…for some reason. I get FC on stock OS too when I’m power using the phone a bit. So I guess it’ll be nothing new. 

            Thx man

  • HerroMoto

    I’ve ran so many different mods/roms. Can’t even keep count anymore. Loving my unlocked bootloader to make everything easy for me :)

  • Edwin M

    What added advantages do these ROMS give you as opposed to Stock Android?

    • Bryan Williams

      Titanium Backup.  Nuf said.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, you can use Titanium Backup with the stock setup as long as you’re rooted. I rooted a week ago and had it up and running immediately even though I just flashed my first custom ROM on this phone two days ago.

        • Bryan Williams

          I suppose you’re correct.  I always just assume if you’re going to root, why not flash a custom rom too….but that’s just me.

          To answer the original question a little better, there are many tweaks that devs cook into their roms.  You can usually find one that meets your wants and needs.  OC’ing and low voltage kernels are always a nice added touch as well.  Although again, you don’t need a custom rom to oc or change the kernel.

      • Edwin M

        Titanium backup has nothing to do with any ROMS. You just need a rooted phone to run Titanium backup.

        • Bryan Williams

          Yes, like rodeojones said above and I replied.

          • Edwin M

            Ha, Didn’t see that. Stupid Disqus.

    • John

      From post: ”
      Some of these ROMs are completely stock AOSP builds, while most include tweaks like notification menu toggles, soft key customizations (including a search button), custom kernels, LED options and more. ”

  • Haproot

    Running Bugless Beast with the Apex Kernel.  smooooooth sailing here. 
     

  • gregmr

    ROMs are meaningless to me with the GNex. The only reason I rooted phones in the past was to get vanilla Android on them. Now I have it.

    • Anonymous

      Some of them are actually faster, smoother, and more battery efficient than stock. I was happy with the stock experience but so far, I’ve found that the roms I’ve used have done everything as good or better. But I agree that it is by no means necessary. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        This is true.  And Google actually encourages the development of these ROMs to make phones better.  Though I will rocking stock until CM9 is 100%.

      • Thetruth

        it’s the placebo effect dude

        • Anonymous

          No; mainly changes to prop files.. Get a faster antenna scan, landscape rotations…

    • Anonymous

      Now that I have vanilla Android I want nothing more than to get a rom with full blown Sense. Maybe even Sense with Blur mixed in!   Just kidding….

      However the idea with roms isn’t about taking you away from a vanilla experience but to add improvements. And while it may not be necessary I can say it sure is a whole lot of fun!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah but now you can flash custom kernals that are overclocked and under-volted to save you battery!!!!!!

  • TROLOLOL

    Wake me up when a fully functional Cyanogenmod 9 comes to the Galaxy Nexus. I’ll be rocking stock until then…

    • Thetruth

      Fully functional CM9? Tell that to CM7…which was never fully functional, thats how CM operates…idk why everyone clamors over them. It’s because all their “agents” bust down on you if you talk shiz

      • Anonymous

        Can either of you please elaborate on why and how cm wasn’t “fully functional”? I’m genuinely curious. I can tell you that I’m running bugless beast and its amazing. I’m interested in flashing the latest radio, and flashing a kernel that overclocks the gpu

        • Drazyw

          I dunno. CM7 on my old G2 worked awesome.  If there was something in it that wasn’t functional, I never ran across it.

          • Anonymous

            CM7 literally rescued the Thunderbolt for me. But it did have issues, though minute. It would force close launcher pro upon booting the phone if you had apps on your SD card…? Kellex, can we get a post about kernels and the latest radios for this beast? Merry Christmas everyone!

          • Anonymous

            Merry Xmas!…and remember always bring a towel.

        • Anonymous

          For me CM ROMs always had little issues – force closing of apps, random reboots, things like that. And even with identical kernels as I’d use in other ROMs it always was slower. Not sure why. They just never appeared to be “fully functional.” I love what CM does – many other ROMs wouldn’t exist without them and some of their features are used by other developers. But as far as a full ROM goes I stay away from them.

        • Anonymous

          To their defense I have had 5 Android devices all rooted. CM6-7 were never fully functional on any of them. Even though they were listed as stable. Don’t get me wrong though, some of there roms have great features and are innovative..but I have a hard time labeling anything CM as “stable” IMO. Maybe it is stable on a few select phones.

        • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

          It’s their development style. They always add stuff, so the ROMs are never really finished. Also, because they support so many phones (and it is not really a cohesive “they” group), CM on one phone is different from CM on another (in terms of stability).

          Also, Bugless Beast and CM are completely different animals. Pete puts a lot of effort into just a few phones (until recently, it was only one), and his ROMs do run very close to perfectly. I hope he maintains that kind of work now that he supports multiple phones.

      • Tony Allen

        What wasn’t fully functional on CM7 for you? out of curiosity.

    • Anonymous

      Instead of waiting for something that will never happen (when was the last time there was a fully functional CM anything?) why not try a ROM that already is fully functional.