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Custom ROM Friday: BAMF Paradigm for Verizon Galaxy Nexus

It’s an appreciated change of pace when a team of developers can simply state their goal. Over on the BAMF site, the developers intro the Paradigm ROM with, “When we set out to build this ROM, we wanted to keep the feel as stock as possible while adding as much functionality as possible. The primary concern was always stability and user experience.” That’s what a flasher likes to hear. From my short time with the ROM on my own Galaxy Nexus, I have found it to be a fantastic example of pure AOSP with the perfect mix of customizable options and system optimizations. 

With the added features ranging from custom pulldown bar features and widgets to added wallpapers, you get the sense that this won’t be the ordinary custom ROM with insane theme options or any other bloat. It’s pure and fast Android.

Instructions for installation:

  1. Download the BAMF ROM zip and partnered Gapps zip files.
  2. Place on your device’s storage.
  3. Reboot into ClockworkMod Recovery.
  4. Create a nandroid backup.
  5. Locate the ROM zip and install.
  6. Locate the Gapps zip and install.
  7. Wipe data/cache.
  8. Reboot.

If you have any questions or concerns, let us know down below.

Via: Team BAMF

  • Joseph Genther

    How is ToroPlus different from Toro?

    • Joseph Genther

      Oh ToroPlus is Sprint version. geesh should’ve google’d it first…

  • stuart

    this messed up my video recorder /;!! tsk tsk . taking it offf.! NEXXXXXTTTT. Good Job Thoe .reaaallly well

  • Leroy Waddermelon

    2.2 is out now

  • Steveo

    Used to be a crack flasher until I flashed ParanoidAndroid; i’m addicted to different DPIs for different functions of the phone. Any way I can get the “Paranoid Settings” in a different ROM…. Like this ROM… (i know how to just change DPI, this is different though)

  • Jacob Bowen

    Ran in to a problem, I flashed right from the Clockwork recovery app, and it booted me directly in to BAMF ROM before I could flash the GAPPs.zip I am now having a problem getting the market and what not going so I can restore my back ups. I manually rebooted in to recovery mode, but is is odin and saying downloading. Anyone know how to get out of this mess?

    • Collin

      Make sure you’re holding both the volume up and down keys when you turn the phone on, so it’ll go into fastboot mode instead of odin mode (odin mode is accessed by holding just the volume down key, for anyone that’s confused or interested). From there you can boot into CWM by choosing Recovery mode.

      • Seeka

        Collin, you are the MAN (the BEST).. this action of both the down/up at the same time saved my phone.. I always used the down button only.. THANK YOU!

        • Collin

          I’m glad I could help!

  • Marlon06

    If a ROM makes i to DroidLife, more than likely it’s Official!

  • Wow… I really like this ROM! I replaced the boot animation with the stock JB one, and everything else I really like! I appreciate the search bar being removed and having an extra row for icons the most!!! And is super fast and smooth 🙂 Thanks BAMF Team!!! (And Tim for sharing!)

  • daryle barden jr

    This has been the best ROM experience so far. Even better than BB 🙂 I’ll be keeping this for a while.

  • Mike_Cook7

    Great ROM clean simple just the customization’s you would hope for. Came from Vicious ROM and this is perfect for me.. Would love to see this for the GS3 as well. Great work BAMF!

  • Greg

    Looking to try this ROM currently running BB with transparent search bar zip. It runs awesome. Still kinda new to rooting and flashing so can anyone tell me what the “mirrors” are?

    • vbphenom

      Additional download sites.

  • daryle barden jr

    Maybe I’m just entirely too tired but I can’t find the customizations I thought it would have. I see a few but nothing worth talking about.

  • fullmetal509

    Yeah this was one of the most sluggish ROMs I tried out, I’m open to flashing several ROMs at a time, and this just not suited at me at all…..good luck to other flasher the she toggle bar is just slow and why word you have a 2nd page in the status bar….? Wtf?

  • JB

    Question about the nandroid back up… 1. How do you make one? 2. Will this keep me from having to reload all my app data again? Passwords, reloading my pics back on the device and what not? Sorry for such a lame question, but I usually just do all of this manually, and I really want to try this ROM but don’t have the energy to go through the pain I usually go through. Running BB currently.

    • RumbaCembe

      Nandroid is a COMPLETE backup. Should you restore a nandroid backup then it will be as if you never changed from BB. All apps, texts, passwords etc will be there. Don’t know why someone downvoted a help question though. 🙂

      • JB

        So my best bet would be to use titanium b/u as that would be the least painful….. But……. Since the Gnex doesn’t have a dedicated SD card would everything be wiped when I wiped data and cache? The whole lack of SD card on the Gnex is what is getting me, when I used to flash roms on my OG, it was easy because you just backed up everything to SD and didn’t think about it again….

        • RumbaCembe

          well yeah you can use titanium backup to restore apps, I just personally dont do apk+data because remember you’re now on a new system (data has changed etc). Whatever you put on your sd card (or internal memory) on the galaxy nexus CANNOT be wiped by any recovery. So no need to backup the sd card or worry about its contents

  • Nagini

    Site is down :/

  • Jono56

    is anyone else having keyboard force closing issues?

  • CJNex

    I’ve tried them all. From jelly belly to cm10 to bugless, been using this since Monday and I have to say best one yet. Paradigm 2.1 + Franco’s kernel

  • nhizzat

    First, thanks to Tim-o-tato for featuring this rom. I’ve been using their roms since I had my Tbolt and they’ve never disappointed. If you’re a crack flasher, this isn’t the rom for you.

    Word of warning, you must use their gapps because they use a private key.

  • Booyah

    Just flashed and will give it a whirl.

  • just flashed from liquid beta and liking BAMF so far. I’m a AOKP guy, so the customization is pretty on par. question tho, the option to configure my lockscreen is greyed out. anyone have an idea as to what im doing wrong? thanks


      Those settings should be available on the next release, scheduled for next week.

      • ah, thanks for the info. this ROM kick so much a$$ so far

      • John

        Ah cool. I was wondering about that, too. Thx

      • Marlon06

        sorry if this question is stupid.. when you released next week, will it automatically be an OTA update to my phone.. with me doing nothing if I install this ROM..? Thanks in advance

  • machete

    BAMF …FTW!!!

  • AroundTheFur

    How about a ROM fo something other than the freaking nexus. Maybe a direct link for one that supports the top 3 devices, or multiple ROMs for the top few devices. Just sayin’.

    • They have already covered the new CyanogenMod and other CM legacy ROM’s that support a wider variety of devices.

  • i used to love adrynalyn’s work back on my omnia. can’t believe it took me so long to try it out on my nexus. no bugs, theme chooser, just the right amount of customizations, and wallet works. what more could you ask for?

  • Black Roger

    This is a great ROM. Thanks for showing it some Droid-Life love!

  • droid209

    switched from ics aokp a few weeks ago…haven’t encountered any problem yet. you could have a max of 4 navigation buttons (added a search button for quick access to search and google now). seemed to run a lot smoother than BB.

  • Rudolph Bistrovich

    Do these ROM’s come with Google Now as well?

    • Jager07


    • Jager07


  • Can anyone tell me if they like this better than the AOKP JB Nightlies? Cause they are hard to beat IMO.

    • Booyah

      More features than the Nightlies have at the moment.

  • RGiskard

    Ugh, hard to resist flashing a JB ROM like this one. Why can’t AOKP become available to satisfy my cravings… lol.

    • have you tried AOKP nightly?

      • RGiskard

        I’m a bit too much of a wimp to try the nightlies – I’ll wait for a full release!

        • El_Big_CHRIS

          I’m on the same boat. I got a replacement GNex and I’m holding rooting it until AOKP reaches a milestone. Those guys are awesome.

          • Trevor

            jellybro aokp version is the better the the aokp offical in my opinion same in speed and better battery life and more rom goodies.

  • The link is already bad…

    • mudleyblind

      Just click the “downloads” tab once you reach the page.

  • farbster

    Shouldn’t step seven go between steps four and five?

    • Sloan Marion

      I believe so.

    • It can go either way. In the long run, as long as you wipe, you’ll be fine.

      • Bigwavedave25

        I was thinking the same thing. Sweet! Learned something new today 🙂

        • ArrowCool

          Agreed. One of the reasons this is my favorite sites. Always learning things here.

      • Sorry Tim but this just sounds wrong. Are you SURE you can install then wipe…? Makes zero sense. Please confirm.

        • adb.push.Freedom

          Always clean install. With titanium backup there is no reason not to. With any ROM you should follow these steps to get a proper install
          In cwm recovery…
          1. Make backup
          2. Wipe data/factory reset
          3. Wipe cache
          4. Advanced >wipe dalvik cache
          5. Install ROM
          6. Install gapps if not baked in

          Stick to this and avoid half the problems you read about in the forums for the ROM

  • Matt Larson

    Can u change the soft keys easily on this ROM?

    • Jager07

      It is extremely easy to change th colors, add reflections, and include a search key–those feature are built into BAMF Settings. There also is a theme chooser added to the regular settings that lets you apply downloaded themes as well, which sometimes contain custom soft keys.

  • Jared

    I’m new to all this so will someone please tell me what the Gapps are? Thanks.

    • Allen Byrd

      The Google Apps package. Like Drive, Gmail, etc. They aren’t installed by default on the ROM.

    • ArrowCool

      To whoever down voted this guy….We were all new to this at one point too.

      • Booyah

        Seriously. I just rooted a month ago and now I’m all in, and will be trying this ROM today. But… I asked this at one point too. Show some love to the newcomers!

        • michael arazan

          Is Bamf a jellybean rom?

          • Jason James

            Bamf is their name. Paradigm is the name of the Rom and it is jelly bean

    • killer4247

      Goo.me/gapps or just Google search gapps

      • adrynalyne

        No, use ours. Other gapps will break functions.

        • Marc

          Hi … I’m getting ready to flash BAMF (Looks Awesome by the way) will the “Custom” GApps cause update issues later on?
          There is mention later in this thread that you use a custom signing key, I remember having an issue with a ROM on my OG Droid that included a launcher with a custom key and I could never get the official updates for that launcher, I’d always get a signing key mismatch error.
          Thanks …

    • Seth McDonald

      Go with buglessbeast and you won’t have to worry about them for now. If you haven’t flashed many roms, BB is great. Just install it and everything just works.

      • adrynalyne

        Gapps are separates to avoid cease and desist letters from Google. Bugless does not have a legal license to include them in ROM.

    • Being new does not excuse laziness. A simple Google search would have answered his question.

    • Tiernan Chavez

      the basic google apps

  • Im enjoying liquid currently tried bamf tried bb but liquid is like amazing battery life im willing to put up with a slow boot up if i reset my phone whenever

  • John

    Nice. I can’t say I’ve ever tried BAMF – heard of it just never tried it, but it looks like it has some great features & useful mods built in.

  • With the way they display their widgets in the pull-down it doesn’t seem like you can get many notifications. How is that handled?

    • John

      I’m sure they’re configurable…whether they’re hidden or not.

    • It’s hard to explain, but when you pull down the bar, it looks normal with no widgets. But, when you hit the settings button, it brings like a whole page of widgets up. Sorry for my lame description, but it’s pretty cool.

      • Thanks for giving us some love guys! Droid-Life is the only blog we follow so it was great to see us grace the pages! The toggles are fully configurable, more so than you will find anywhere else. You can also force the toggles to show in the pull down if you like but like we said, our main goal is to have a streamlined experience so that’s why it is hidden by default.. Enjoy and visit the site as well!

        • Sweet! And thanks go to you and the team!

        • cnote

          Gotta send my love out to you guys. BAMF is probably my favorite set of devs, and i can’t wait to see what you have in store for the Rez.

    • Nirav

      Widgets can be displayed in pulldown when you press the settings icon with-in it. It doesn’t get in the way of notification

    • Tom Robinson

      The controls are not always there, but rather present them selves when you tap the settings icon on the pull down menu. that way they don’t interfere with notifications.

  • Katie Pollard

    I will have to give this ROM a try. I’ve been using Jelly Belly, but have had random reboots. Also was missing the extra features in AOKP.

    • John

      Same here. This looks to have a useful feature list. Jelly Belly has been fine but I’m having that dreaded wifi reboot crap happen. Tried all the fixes but still happens.

  • this rom is awesome!

    • John

      Agreed. I’m thoroughly impressed & this will be my daily driver from now on!

  • Will


  • lsanford2255

    It is JB, right?

  • Love BAMF! Great battery life for me.

    • how is the battery life on heavy use?

      • Pretty good. Best I have had, and heavy is the only kind of usage that I know.

      • I didnt have the grtest battery life but did like thier clock and drawer icon.

    • John

      damnit disquis. why can’t i del.

    • palomosan

      I was running ASOP until I found this, butter smooth, better battery life, let’s me control what I want and it has plenty of custom to play with.

    • Larizard

      how long per full charge can your battery go? and with 4G or 3G on?