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AOKP Build 5 Now Up, Custom Nav Bar for Tablets and a Whole Lot More

Last night, the AOKP team announced that Build 5 was ready for the masses, bringing with it a ton of new features and the successful merge of Android 4.1.2. On top of the merge, features ranging from custom nav bar options for tablet users, NavBar widgets have returned, as well as a toggle for menu UI overflow. Full list of new features can be seen below. 

New features:

  • Custom NavBar for Tablets
  • NavBar widgets are back from ICS
  • Highly customizable Lockscreen Ring targets, with a shiny new editor in ROMControl! (also thanks to CM for the base of the framework part)
  • Alternate default app picker (like in GB)
  • Menu UI Overflow Toggle
  • Option to disable vibration for Notification expansion
  • RAM Bar in the Recents panel
  • Timeout and instant lock options for Slide lock
  • VPN Traffic amount in human readable format

To download the newest build, check it out right here. Better yet, you can grab it straight from the official Kangerator app that we wrote up a bit ago.


Cheers shansheezy and Luke!

  • Sandro Pineda

    i just installed aokp build 5 and noticed that the battery life is pretty bad. how do i install leankernel cause i heard its pretty good and where do i get the download..please help

  • Chad

    I’ve been running AOKP since my days with the Fascinate. I’ve tried to leave, I really tried to leave because I wanted to see what else is out there. Each ROM I put on may last a day before I revert back to get my Swagger on.

  • john

    im coming from latest cm10 do i have to full wipe or can i dirty flash id rather not do a full wipe but willing if necessary vzw s3

    • If you’re coming from a different ROM, I think a full wipe is highly recommended.

  • I downloaded alot of roms but the best ones to me is jbsourcery, black bean, and the rom im on now is miui.us vicious and it’s best rom out no Chinese words at that

  • Mike

    Has anyone had any trouble getting their GS3 to connect the phone via blue tooth to a car? Specifically to the Ford sync?

  • DanSan

    damn, just flashed AOKP on my replacement nexus 7 tablet the other night. i’d usually do a dirty flash but since i already going to full wipe my galaxy nexus ill just full wipe my nexus 7 too

  • and still no brightness toggle.. lol

    • tomn1ce

      I’m running aokp b4 and you can adjust the brightness when you pull down the notification

      • thats not the same as a toggle

  • Google now doesn’t work very well. It’s super slow. Cyanogen 10 nightly’s still work better in my eyes. It’s instant compared to aokp’s version.

    • S2556

      try a new gapps. google now is NOT rom related!

  • jonny6pak

    I hope someone gets this on p4wifi. It hasn’t had a device maintainer in a long time. I would love to upgrade my tab. Fingers crossed.

  • If I’m coming straight from build 4, is it still recommended to wipe data and do a factory reset, or can I just dirty flash build 5 and gapps?

    • S2556

      try a dirty flash. If you find that things are not working right then go back do a full wipe and reinstall

      • Thanks. I dirty flashed (just wiped cache and davlik) and build 5 is running like a champ. No bugs so far. Oh how I’ve missed the lockscreen custom targets. Feels good to have them back. Keep up the great work, team Kang.

  • Running job sorcery 2.5.5 amazing with the 4.1.2

  • Nicholas Odenthal

    Can someone please tell me what this is? I’m new to android and I just got my galaxy s3 and I don’t wanna void any thing but I’d like to have jellybean features

    • SeanBello

      it’s the best ROM available for any Android phone they support. notice I didn’t put an “arguably” in there.

    • KG

      Here’s a little something to get you started…. AOKP is a custom ROM… think of it as a customized version of jellybean. It uses stock JB as a starting point (what you find on Nexus devices) and adds many user-friendly options and features to allow for the best possible/customizable user experience. Most will agree that this is usually at a minor expense of battery life, but beyond the custom ROMing, there are custom kernel options that canhelp with that. You don’t void anything by installing a custom rom, but you do void your warranty by unlocking the bootloader (which you will need to do before you can install AOKP). Check out the threads on XDA and Rootzwiki for GS3 to help you with the unlocking/roming process… just be careful, flashing roms can be addictive

  • Anybody flash this on their gnote?

  • Teng Taing

    updated my N7 and Gnex last night. Smoothness

    • brando56894

      I’ll give it a try later on my N7, I’ve been running CM Nightlies and with AOKP b4 I didn’t really see any reason to switch over, maybe this will change it. Sadly my rezound only has ICS builds and they’re a buggy mess since it’s unofficial.

  • What is this “Alternate default app picker (like in GB)” all about. I Just flashed build 5 and have it ticked, but haven’t noticed exactly what it does yet. i am glad to see lock screen targets back though…i love my “swipe down for torch” option.

    • Greyhame

      I imagine it’s when you long press on an empty spot on your wallpaper and you have the option to add an app… unless you’re running a custom launcher, this feature went away with ICS, which forced you to pull apps up from the drawer.

      • thats what i kind of figured…..but i have been running apex/nova since before JB. thanks for the info

    • App Picker is when you have multiples apps that can open a specific function, like when you have two browsers, in jelly bean you have to select which app first then select just once or always, now you can just press the app you want for just once or hit the checkbox to perform that function with that app always.

      • I was wondering if anyone would go back to that… one less click!

      • Thank You. i actually just noticed it and came back to post it here. i prefer the JB style….or i am just used to it. either way, JB style it is.

      • Greyhame

        AAHHHH… not what I was thinking. Nice!

  • tommabe

    No thanks. CM10 has much better battery. AOKP gets me at most 6 hours. CM almost 17 hours

    • JoshGroff

      YMMV, but BB seems to get the best battery life.

    • Greyhame

      …Sounds like there’s more going on here than simply different ROMs… a clean flash of AOKP should easily last past 6 hours of moderate usage….

    • I call BS.. There is no way there is that much of a difference.. What device/kernals/usage? And AOKP and CM on my GNex were always close in battery life.

      • justincase_2008

        I had worse Batt life on AOKP then CM10 for awhile i used the ICS aokp in hopes B4 would fix it. I lost maybe 3-4 hours of life with aokp over cm10. Which makes me sad cause i love AOKP.

        • I dont doubt there is some difference.. but not 11 hours of difference as @2f5afe07a936cfddd7b632e2e94da4db:disqus claimed.. there has to be more going on.. I get well over 2hr of screen time out on B4 and B5 on my Gnex..

          • Greyhame

            While I definitely agree there is more going on.. two hours of screen time seems low as well. I’m on CM10, Franco’s Nightly 290, mostly wifi…

          • My 2 hours of screen time normally involves 1 hour of gaming and then lots of videos and other media, so 2 hours is pretty decent for me.. I have 3 batteries for my GNexy and swap them out as needed..

  • JoshGroff

    Heck yeah, 4.1.2 love, time to flash on the N7. The G-Nex is staying BB for awhile.

  • Jeremy Bryant

    Hard to believe, but the good folks at AOKP keep my 2+ year old Mesmerize rockin the latest & greatest. JB Build 5 actually runs better than ICS M6, where I just came from. Big thanks to Team Kang.

  • KreeTerry

    Anyone able to add widgets to the navbar? Mine just says couldnt add widget and i cant figure out to add any to it.

    EDIT: I am an idiot, totally forgot you have to scroll to the bottom of the navbar customization page and add widgets. Disregard.

  • Booyah

    Coming from Bugless Beast, I’ve been running AOKP since build 3 and I can say this is easily as smooth and bug free as Bugless Beast, with the outstanding features. Superb.

    • NexusPhan69

      How is battery life compared to BB?

      • Booyah

        Run it with Franco’s kernel, it’s on par if not better.

    • r0lct

      I just can’t think of a feature I want to get off BB for. Unless the battery life is truly equal I guess I would give it a shot. JB has just made rom’ing for features/performance less of a return on my time investment to the point I just can’t get motivated enough to wipe my phone.

      • Booyah

        Great point. If you don’t care about extra features and just want something that works, BB is a great ROM. For others looking for a little extra, AOKP is running an equally smooth ROM with extra stuff. It’s just preference. But the main point of my post was that for folks worried about bugs or battery, I think they’re equal at this point. Combine Franco’s kernel with AOKP and the battery is better.

        • r0lct

          Good to hear, I might be the encouragement I needed. 😛

      • Sean Livingston

        Best ROM I have seen with lots of features, stable, and great battery life, is codenameandroid 3.8

      • I run AOKP B4 with leankernel and in a day of medium use, at the end of the day I was at about 50%. The battery life has gotten quite good.

    • mjmedstarved

      Can you compare it to the highly rated Jelly Belly?

      I used AOKP a while back, but have singe jumped ship and am curious how it compares..

      Currently addicted to Jelly Belly in duo with Trinity kernel…..

      • Booyah

        Never used Jelly Belly so honestly I can’t. Until Build 3 AOKP had some pretty bad bugs, but since then, it’s been great for me.

        • mjmedstarved

          I suggest you try out Jelly Bell.. it has a lot of baked in goodies; check it out here, has over 2 million views and has the most traffic of any rom I’ve seen lately: http://rootzwiki.com/topic/28677-rom-jelly-belly-v92-10212012-jelly-bean-412-aosp-its-all-about-the-butter/

          • mbaldwin85

            Jelly Belly? Really? I was so tired of “Fix Permissions” and having wifi bootloops that I ditched that back in the 6.x series. It was GREAT on version 3.2. After that it kept getting worse. They would fix or add X feature and it would break something else.

          • mjmedstarved

            It is all fine now!!!! Try it out, you might be surprised.

            That wifi reboot loop got me, too… and that was only an issue if you were dirty flashing IIRC. Fix permissions thing is also a thing of the past.

          • mbaldwin85

            I clean flashed every time. Maybe one day I’ll give it a go, but for right now I’ve moved beyond that and AOKP to BB. Everyone raving about it got me to try it out. So far, so good. No reason to leave it yet.

          • mjmedstarved

            What is with the downvotes, eh???

            Enjoy yourself.

          • mbaldwin85

            Wasn’t me. Here have an upvote though. Karma is good

          • mjmedstarved

            Hahaha my thoughts exactly.. like wth, someone has the time to just hate to hate!?

            Take care man. 😀

      • jonny6pak

        The only real difference is feature set. Jelly Belly is more of a stock AOSP rom–you essentially get the same interface experience as one would get with a stock build direct from Google. AOKP provides a lot more customization features not generally present in the AOSP base. I used to use Jelly Bell, but I kept having stability problems. I tried a number of ROMS and settled on AOKP when build 3 came out. I’ve been quite happy with its stability and performance. I only use a couple of the AOKP customization features, but things are organized well enough that the things I don’t use aren’t in the way.

        • mjmedstarved

          I think that is why I like it, it is skimmed down to almost stock, leaving me only wanting to add (which is easy) notification toggles and a custom kernel.

  • MikeCiggy

    might have to test this out tonight. Build 4 wouldnt let me connect to wifi so i stayed with CM10

    • justincase_2008

      Let me know how it goes im on CM10 now as well. Had issues with B3 and 4

      • My Gnex was working great on Wifi on both B4 and now B5.. I did have a few drops on B3..

        • justincase_2008

          Wifi worked, but had a few drop outs and it would get stuck at turning the wifi on till a battery pull.

      • MikeCiggy

        It’s so weird because my girlfriends runs AOKP with no problems at all but one of my friends with a Gnex has freezes all the time but he likes AOKP so he deals with battery pulls. Me and two other friends are on CM10 and I have no problems at all.

  • richard melcher

    I wish it were winter, we could make it into ice blocks and skate on it! And then melt it in the springtime and drink it!

  • Greyhame

    @Tim-o-tato … will THIS get you to ROM?? =]

    • Hah my Galaxy Nexus has been rooted and rommed since day 1. It’s on Build 4 right now. I guess I meant that as I no longer root or rom my hpones. As in, the new ones I get fro reviews or buy on my own. Although, I did put stock JB on the One X and that thing is reDONKulous 😉

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