It’s no secret, we have pretty much entirely stopped talking about custom ROMs. Sure, we used to adore them and use them on all of our phones, but that was years ago. Times have changed, Android has matured, and frankly, custom ROMs don’t offer all that much these days in terms of added benefits over running whatever stock software your device comes with.
While the arguments that are pro the usage of custom ROMs will always be legitimate, such as custom themes and the de-bloating of smartphones thanks to added privileges, I would argue that the number one reason for rooting and ROM’ing back in the day was speed. With a custom ROM, you could load up a hotrod kernel, overclock that puppy, and all of a sudden your OG DROID is running like a million bucks. Ah, yes, those were good times, but sadly, like everything else, all good things must come to an end.
So, have your rooting and custom ROM days passed, or are you still clinging onto them? And if you are, please, share your wisdom with us non-custom ROM common folk.
According to a Google support page, a small change should be hitting select Android devices in the future, most likely Nexus devices, one which will inform you if your smartphone or tablet is secure for using. Upon boot, if you happen to be an OS tinkerer and flash custom OS images, you may see one of the follow warnings.
A Yellow warning will inform you that your device has loaded a different OS, allowing you to either dismiss the warning or instructing you to follow a link that gives instructions on how to flash the stock image file for your device. An Orange warning means the device software can’t be checked for corruption. The same options are offered – you can either dismiss and continue using your phone, or flash a stock image. A Red warning, which looks somewhat scary, indicates the device is corrupt and “can’t be trusted.” (more…)
When developers work as a team, nothing is impossible. Merely weeks after the Android L developer preview released, a sprightly collective over at XDA has managed to build a working ROM based on the preview for the aging Nexus 4. (more…)
While I have never been one to lock down my smartphone – bothering with a password always seemed like more trouble than it was worth – I admit there are places where securing it would make sense. That is where SlimRoms’s new security feature comes in. (more…)
Late last evening, when most folks were already snoozing, the Paranoid Android team announced Peek, an Active Display-like feature, much like you would find on the Moto X.
Since the Moto X’s release, many ROMs and applications on Google Play have attempted to recreate Motorola’s magic with the feature. One which has caught our attention for a few weeks is AcDisplay. Anyone not rooted and ROM’ing can go ahead and check that app out. (more…)
Admit it – at some point, you have tried to use your phone and walk at the same time. It’s a behavior that every smartphone owner probably engages in at some point or another, but really shouldn’t; it’s rude at the least, and can be downright dangerous at the worst.
For those who can’t seem to momentarily avert their eyes from their smartphone, though, there are apps and features that aim to make simultaneous walking and working a bit less precarious. One the coolest implementations we have seen is from the makers of Nameless ROM. Called On-The-Go-Mode, it uses transparency and camera data to keep you aware of where you are walking. (more…)
The CyanogenMod team officially launched a CyanogenMod 11 M1 build yesterday, available for anyone rocking an actively AOSP-supported Nexus device. Usually, the team would release nightly builds to start tracking bugs, but according to the blog post, that would have been too resource intensive and they have opted to release a milestone build instead. (more…)
Verizon customers that are into the rooting and custom ROM game, that happen to rock an LG G2, should know that your vanilla AOSP dreams have been answered in the form of Gummy ROM. While this ROM isn’t completely stock, as a few tweaks have been made and additional features have been installed, this is essentially a clean build of Android 4.4 running on the device. (more…)