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Custom ROM Friday: CarbonRom For Nexus 4 and Other Devices


We have Custom ROM Friday back in action, and this is the first week we asked our readers to choose which ROM we feature. We had an overwhelming response and according to your voices, we have chosen to feature CarbonRom. 

I flashed Carbon to a Nexus 4 and in terms of changes made to Android 4.2, it’s over the top, but in a good way. The developers added a ton of useful customization options, as well as other performance settings that make the Nexus 4 (or any other device you happen to flash it to) even more of a beast than it already is.

For example, the PIE feature that we have written about before is on board, as well as a kernel that handles over/underclocking with ease. They have added the ability to change all your enabled quick settings in the pulldown bar, and it also has theme capabilities on top of options to change your navigation bar’s colors and enabled buttons.

Note:  To flash a custom ROM, your device must be unlocked and running a custom recovery.

Installation instructions:

1.  Download the right zip for your device and place it on your internal memory.
2.  Download the gapps zip and place that on your internal memory as well.
3.  Reboot into custom recovery.
4.  Create a nandroid backup.
5.  Install the ROM zip file.
6.  Flash the gapps zip file following ROM installation.
7.  Reboot and enjoy.

With a ROM like Carbon, it is hard to go over every added feature, but I can now see why so many people have been singing its praise. For a quick overview of some fancy features, see the list below.


  • Comprehensive speed enhancements, including Linaro -O3.
  • Unofficial Voodoo Sound support on Note 2 and i9300 devices.
  • Carousel lockscreen
  • Customizable lockscreen buttons and sliders
  • Chronus clock widget
  • Customizable hardware and software keys
  • Transparent navbar and status bar
  • Navigation bar widgets
  • Customizable power menu
  • Notification power widget
  • Notification brightness adjustment
  • Customizable quicksettings panel

Supported devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy SIII
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • Samsung Galaxy Note International – n7000
  • Samsung Galaxy SII International – i9100
  • LG Nexus 4 – mako
  • HTC International One X – endeavoru
  • HTC One S – ville
  • Asus Nexus 7 – grouper
  • Samsung Nexus 10 – manta
  • Samsung Infuse 4g – infuse4g



To download and get to flashing, check out their homepage.

Cheers everyone who recommended Carbon!

  • venu

    i updated this on infuse.but video calling not working.pls help me how can i do video calling

  • Cowboydroid

    Running v1.4 now…has been very unstable so far, and very slow. Was using Shiny previously.

    • Cowboydroid

      back to Shiny on 4.2.2…very stable so far…

  • spikle

    so 1.4 was just released, i hope the Camera FC and t he PIE is fixed for the VZW GNex. flashing now.

    • spickle

      VZW GNex v1.4 fixes the Camera FC and also fixed PIE. a lot less buggy.

  • Gabe

    how do you get to PIE settings on 1.1?? I’m having trouble finding it

  • tom

    how many times did he say umm?

  • GotSka81

    Does anyone else get the recent apps list when long-pressing the home button (which normally shows the NavRing)? Also, I can’t get the fast charge toggle to show in the quicksettings toggles. I’m on toro. Otherwise I’m very pleased so far!

  • John A.

    is it possible to hide the navigationbar and have it transparent?

  • Guest

    My swiftkey trail color is barely showing anymore… anyway to fix that?

  • disqus_p38RzA7rCW

    Are you aware of an issue with the Gallery displaying Google Photos? I can only see local photos. G Accounts are set up properly, photos are supposed to sync but the gallery does not display them. S Galaxy Note GT-N7000

  • sk3litor

    Does anybody know if pie comes with 1.1 cuz I can’t find it. BTW the split screen is super cool. Kinda small on a phone but cool none-the-less

  • There’s still a no rom better than Domination!!!

  • where can I find themes and I can’t seem to find pie Im running 1.1. could that be the reason?

  • dylan84

    Damn. No One X/Evita support.

  • NorCalGuy

    Lol Tim rocking the apple beanie in ur profile pic… Conflict of interest haha

  • rav4

    I am on AOKP on my gs3. Is carbon a lot better than AOKP? Thanks

  • Wyveryx

    I read somewhere that Carbon doesn’t have Photosphere, this true? Can it be added?

    • it has it.

      • Wyveryx

        through gapps or baked in? Also, I downloaded 1.3, but up above it’s says it’s unstable for toro, think I oughta go 1.1?

  • paulqg

    where can i find the gapps? it says says flash the gapps

  • wm snyder

    Tim-o-tato with your house phone did you root it and is the battery life still as good? Currently i have been getting about three days with single charge.

  • wm snyder

    what is a good one click method for verizon galaxy note2, and what rom for note2 that does not lose spen features?

  • DanWazz

    Hmmm, maybe i’ll give this one a shot after AOSPA.

  • Michael Madrid

    Was a huge Liquid fan until Carbon broke off. This is the 3rd release (all betas). Toro does have a FC for Camera and Google Now is off to the side, but the team is working on it. If you have a Toro, flash 1.1. Solid, great battery, and no major bugs!!!

  • e

    Hands down best ROM for Galaxy S3.

  • Gallery doesn’t work on toro … restored to stock for that

    • uncle paul

      go to XDA and get the Xperia Z gallery its amazing!

  • Drew Chapman

    Been on carbon since they broke off from liquid smooth. I love that you can have a custom notification shade image as well as a custom lock screen image. Transparent nav and notification bar as well as opacity options for your notification shade. Sick! This ROM is smooth and updated often. Give it a go you won’t regret it.

  • James_C_L

    Any forums for the Nexus 10?

  • droidify

    I think I’ll give this a try. I always use AOKP but the build 3 they released last week is the first time they have released a build that is too buggy for me. It runs perfect on my Nexus 7 but it doesn’t like my VZW Gnex at all. This rom has the nav tweeks that I think are crucial to a good rom.

    • George Fayad

      JB Sourcery is another one you may enjoy.

      • droidify

        Thanks. I will give that one a try as well.

  • Bobby G

    Been running Carbon since inception. Nothing but love! Plays friendly with extras like photoshere zip. D2USC

  • Nari

    I flashed this last night on the One S and the only real problem I found was the home button didn’t work. My hardware one Nor the nav bar one.

    • tyguy829

      which version did you flash?

    • Derek Gelinas

      That’s caused by not flashing gapps. It’s not the Rom.

  • Middle School Teacher

    Jeremy is right. 1.3 camera is broken, I’ve been on 1.1 for a week. Very stable. No FC’s. Customizable. I have run Bugless Beast, AOKP, CM and like what Carbon has done.

    • tyguy829

      yeah don’t flash 1.3…go with 1.1 until a new build comes out. 1.1 is rock solid, but 1.3 is a little experimental and a couple things are broken

      • Philip A. Kaiser

        Wish I heard this last night. AOKP to Carbon (broken) back to AOKP. Will try 1.1 tonight. Thanks!

  • oaxican509

    ¿¿¿So I just noticed under Installation Instructions No “WipeData/Cache/Dalvik Cache” before installing ROM???

    • You shouldn’t ever need to wipe cache – the OS knows when to expire and rebuild the cache. Doesn’t hurt to erase it, but it’s not required.

      Erasing data is generally a good idea when switching to vastly different roms, but it’s not required, either. When upgrading within the same rom, you definitely don’t need to wipe data.

    • Justin Winker

      As Jeff said, you don’t need to wipe the data (FDR), but I’ve dirty-flashed differing ROMs and ended up with a bootloop. It’s easy to fix, but it’s an annoyance. Plus, with Carbon Backup, its painless to restore the apps (or appdata) that you want.

      • do you like carbon backup or tibu?

        • Justin Winker

          I used to use tibu a while back, and it’s feature packed, but carbon bu does it’s job well, and I’ve found that it’s quicker. I can also keep app data synced between my phone and tablets easily, so I like carbon better.

  • EvanTheGamer

    I shall be flashing Carbon ROM in a few weeks, looks pretty solid. Plus I guess you can even set a wallpaper to the notification bar…that’s awesome.

    • JBartcaps

      Why would someone down vote your comment? lol Thanks for letting me know about the wallpaper

      • EvanTheGamer

        Because some people are idiots.

      • Justin Winker

        Kinda like why they would downvote yours… I don’t get it, but w/e.

        • EvanTheGamer

          The same reason they down voted yours; because some people are idiots.


    • NorCalGuy

      i believe that this feature is aslo included in the nightlies of CM and AOKP nightlies

      • Where?

        • NorCalGuy

          Its in general ui for AOKP… As for cm I was using the fitsnugly nightlies so it could be just his

  • does this ROM allow for Galaxy Nexus (VZW) charging via car adapter? The last two i’ve run MMUZZY and CyanogenMod 10-1M don’t allow it. I’m thinking that it’s a voltage thing but not sure.

    • Franz

      If it’s a voltage thing, then it should be a kernel issue. You can probably still use CM 10.1 if you install a different kernel?

      • not sure it’s a voltage issue. just a guess, it works on a standard charger, just the car charger isn’t charging it. I’ve tried a non-rooted nexus to confirm the car charger is working correctly, just not with my device.

        • Sammy V

          Sounds weird…I’m on the latest MMuzzy release and I don’t seem to have that problem. Before that I was on a CM 10.1 nightly and also no problem.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      There is a strange hardware bug in some of the GNex that does this on occassion. There is a huge posting about it with the stock folks. Easiest fix is to do a battery pull. This bug shows up every couple of weeks for me (when the moons line up) and the reason is unknown. I have had it happen on the stock rom as well as custom ROMs and Kernels. You can even get to the point where it will not charge on a wall charger. The problem always seems to go away after a battery pull and 4-5 min off with no power source. Unless you have a spare battery handy, don’t let your device die when this happens, you might find yourself stuck and having to go through some extremes to get it back up. It is rare, but I have had it happen. This happens to a small percentage of Gnexs. If you call it in to VZW, they will tell you the same thing after an hour of blah blah blah support.

      • Interesting.. never encountered that issue before these last two roms.. could be complete coincidence I guess. I’ll give the old battery pull a whirl and see what happens. Thanks for the tip man

        • Philip A. Kaiser

          No problem. Had it happen a couple of times. It drives me nuts because i thought my USB port was bad. Was wiggling cables and trying all different angles. Nope. Pull the battery and put it back in and whammo, my car charger would work again. Strange as poo.

      • Croix Delauter

        You have to use a 1 amp charger otherwise you will run into issues with the Gnex not charging sporadically

        • Philip A. Kaiser

          Interesting. I wonder if some of the other chargers work but then cause some hiccups. I primarily use Moto chargers because they are so cheap, yet reliable. When you can skip the Chinese junk for cheap Moto junk, I opt for the brand name stuff. Lol.. I spare no expense with my $2 Moto chargers.

          • Croix Delauter

            I too used to use a Motorola charger and wife had a HTC charger. Both Motorola and HTC chargers were only .5 amps so it would only charge randomly. I spent so much time trying to figure out what was causing this but I swear to you if u get a 1 amp charger your problems will disappear! To test my theory out I went to Walmart and found a 1 amp charger tried it out and the charger always worked so I returned it because I didn’t want to pay 20$ for a charger and bought a 1 amp Samsung charger on eBay for 6$.

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            Thanks dude. Will keep that in mind. Have a few Sammy chargers i use too. Funny because this reminds me of when i tried to use a moto charger block to charge my transformer. Obviously did not work. I used to think they were all the same.

          • Croix Delauter

            Haha nice…. I thought all micro USB cables were the same too. Apparently not. I’m not positive that all Samsung chargers are 1 amp so just check to make sure before u debunk my theory. Manufactures make rapid chargers that are 2+ amps but over time will diminish the life of your battery just keep that in mind

  • mustbepbs

    Anyone use the Nexus 7 as a daily driver? Curious to see how it runs. Currently running rooted unlocked stock.

    • tfran1521

      The only build I saw for the nexus 7 was from the 7th of Feb. I currently run codefirex on my nexus 7 and 4 and love it. Super fast. And I personally haven’t had any issues.

      • buckazui

        i run smoothrom on my N7 and its been the smoothest thing ever i have had 0 problems and my girl has it on hers and she has had the same great luck we both had some issues on aokp with random reboots.

  • Looks good, but I’m going to stick where I’m at

    Vanir 🙂

  • hold off on flashing 1.3 for verizon galaxy nexus (toro) its buggy, google now shows up on the right hand side of the screen and camera force closes. stick to 1.1 until resolved. 🙂

    • mjmedstarved

      Good lookin’ out.

    • DaleMacneill

      what Jennifer responded I cannot believe that people can earn $8000 in 1 month on the internet. did you see this site link

    • DaleMacneill

      like Sarah said I’m shocked that any body can get paid $9309 in 4 weeks on the internet. did you see this link

      • JBartcaps


        • Justin Winker

          .. I kinda want to know what he said now, lol.

      • silvawhishaws

        Really ????

    • JBartcaps

      How quick do they update the ROM?

      • Firelight

        On my third update in two weeks. Update notifications from Goomanger works great with it, too.

        • sean.yesmunt

          When the update notifications pop up from Goomanager, do I just download and flash without wiping?

          • Firelight

            You can – but remember to re-flash GApps with each new update.

          • sean.yesmunt

            thank you!

    • DaleMacneill

      just as Paula replied I’m amazed that any one can get paid $5314 in one month on the internet. did you see this web site

      • silvawhishaws


  • JBartcaps

    Fine, I’ll flash this rom

  • KleenDroid


    • Is this your interpretation of Facebook “Like and share!”-whoring, but for D/L?

      • JBartcaps

        I’m a whore

      • Justin Winker

        Lol. That seems exactly what his goal is.

      • KleenDroid

        I don’t Facebook. I guess people just don’t think these posts are amazing. Maybe I’ll switch to something else.

        • La2da

          Don’t do it. Amazing still makes me laugh.

        • EvanTheGamer

          Amazingly awesome?