One of the best reasons to get an Android device is that you can customize it anyway you want to. This is where custom ROMs come in which can completely change the way you experience your device. A custom ROM is basically a new Android software or system file which you use to overwrite the existing one to change its behavior. Think of it like an operating system of a computer, where changing from Windows 7 to Ubuntu changes the computing experience.
Why are people installing custom ROMs on their devices? There are a lot of advantages you can get from changing the stock ROM of your device which are listed below
- Regularly updated: No need to wait for an updated version of Android from the device manufacturer or your carrier
- Performance and Efficiency: The carrier or device bloatware is not included.
- Root access: This makes apps that run only on rooted device accessible to you
There are various custom ROMs available for you to choose from and we have listed the top 5 popularly used ones for 2013.
This ROM is basically similar to CyanogenMod but with newer features and a much faster update releases. It is a stock Android ROM with a few minor modifications and is available for several devices.
4. P.A.C. True All in 1 ROM
You might be thinking Pac Man when you hear this ROM. The name actually comes from two popular ROMs namely Paranoid Android and CyanogenMod 10.1 which this ROM comes from. This ROM combines the best features of the two popular ROMs and is available for various devices.
Android Open Kang Project or AOKP first started in November 2011 with Ice Cream Sandwich and since then has become one of the most popular ROMs. It comes with numerous performance tweaks, features and customizations that will bring life to your device.
2. Paranoid Android
This ROM which has been getting a lot of attention lately is quite popular due to its several features. You have a greater amount of freedom in customization when running this ROM.
Taking top spot is CyanogenMod which probably supports the most devices and has lots of developers backing it. Some of the best features of this ROM are theme support, DSP equalizer, incognito mode and a whole lot of features that makes your device perform faster.