Android is the most customizable mobile operating system in the world. You can customize every bit of the OS right from bootanimation to wallpapers to themes. Custom ROMs take the customization to another level. Today, we bring you the Top 10 Best Custom ROMs for Android.
If you are an Android user who likes to customize the heck out of your device, you must have heard of custom ROMs from somewhere or the other. For those who are not familiar with the term.
What is a Custom ROM?
Android is open source and therefore any developer can edit the code, recompile it, and re-release it for a wide variety of devices. A custom Android ROM refers to a phone’s firmware, based on Google’s Android source code. With the help of custom ROM, we can rather completely change the look and feel of our device’s user interface. We can even unlock some extra features, improve performance and extend battery life. The main reason why we prefer custom ROMs is the fact that almost every mobile manufacturer tend to drop their support for their devices after two years of the launch.
If at this point you’re convinced to flash a custom ROM in your device, your next step is to decide which one to go for. While there are many custom ROMs out there to choose from, it’s often confusing to choose one. If you are one among those confused ones, here are my pics for the top 5 custom ROMs which are available in the market right now.
Note: Installing a custom ROM requires the user to have an unlocked bootloader and a custom recovery like TWRP installed. Also, this process will void your warranty, in most cases.
Best Custom ROMs for Android
Without further ado, here comes the best custom ROMs for Android:
Lineage OS is the most popular custom ROM among the developer’s community. It is the same ROM that its developers started as the CyanogenMod. It has the biggest developer community among all the Custom ROM manufacturers and has an official support of over 200 devices. It even supports its devices with timely system updates. Some cool features of Lineage OS support for themes, CPU overclocking, CPU under-clocking, soft-button customizations, customizing the status bar, editing the navigation bar and FLAC audio support.
Paranoid Android is one of the most acclaimed custom ROM in the Android Space. It uniquely lets you run your entire system and you can customize the DPI settings as well. It offers a polished and refined user experience. Its development team focuses on improving design, navigation, and notifications. Some of its cool features are multi-window, changing the color scheme of the device, immersive mode, and better performance. One noteworthy feature to mention is its “Hover Mode” which allows the user to interact with the notifications from any screen without interrupting your ongoing work.
AOKP (Android Open Kang Project)
For all the stock Android lovers, it’s the ROM to go for. It offers a stock Android user interface bundled with numerous customization options to make the most out of your device. Some of its notable customization options are noted below:
- Customization of the hardware and software buttons
- Status bar customization
- Notification and quick settings configurations
- Supports swipe gestures for navigation
- Users can build custom vibration patterns to be assigned to notifications from certain applications or calls from certain people
- Users can custom set the colors and nature of the notification LED.
Dirty Unicorns is yet another option for those who want a customizable user interface without sacrificing the UI stability. It comes with a plethora of customization options like notification customization, lock screen customizations, changing the color profile of the device and many more. It even supports gesture controls. The only negative aspect is slow updates as compared to other ROM makers but slower updates translate into the greater stability of the ROM.
Those looking for more customization options, Pac-Man is one of the best available right now. It provides a stable, bug-free user interface with various customization features. If I would have to describe it in my own words, I will describe it as the combination of Lineage OS, Paranoid Android, and AOKP.
If you are one who wants a lag-free, stable and minimalistic approach towards your phone’s user interface, SlimROM is the best that you can get. It can make an old device, which has lost support from its manufacturer, to run the latest Android version available without any noticeable lag. It is regarded as the lightest custom ROM that anyone can get. One of its noteworthy features is Slim Recent. Slim Recent enables the user to get access to the recent apps on the right side of the display, without covering the entire display. Other features include a custom dialer, Privacy Guard, and Lock Screen Shortcuts. SlimROM has a lot of potentials to breathe new life into an old device.
MIUI is a most widely used custom ROM as anyone can find it powering almost all the Xiaomi devices (except for Mi A1). It is the iOS avatar for Android. By saying this I mean MIUI focuses towards bringing iPhone’s user interface to Android devices. If battery life is your priority, MIUI will satisfy your needs with its optimizations. The latest version of MIUI features Mi Mover which aims towards simplifying the UI and improving data migrations. Some handy MIUI features are Image Search, Smart Assistant, Smart App Launcher, Dynamic Resource Allocation and Split-Screen Multitasking.
If you have ever had a chance to use a Meizu smartphone, you should be aware of the Flyme OS. It is the same UI that officially powers all the Meizu devices. It shares a lot of similarities with MIUI because of the look and feel of the UI. The newest version of Flyme OS has fancy animations that don’t affect performance. Some cool features of Flyme os are the support for themes, it lets the user customize what mode the phone unlocks to depending on the fingerprint used to unlock the phone and support for gestures.
AOSP Extended is an extension to AOSP(Android Open Source Project) which adds some important customization features over the stock user interface. It provides a smooth and lag-free experience out of the box. The features include customization options for status bar and notification panel, quick message, and instant boot. One can even expect monthly updates from its developers.
There is no doubt that Resurrection Remix is one of the most well-established ROMs. The most important aspects of Resurrection Remix are a good battery life and a large online community of developers. Some of its features include enable or disable navbar, status bar customizations, a variety of animations, support for gestures, lock screen customizations and an advanced reboot menu. It is slightly on the heavier side which sometimes end up making the ROM unstable.
These are our selection of top 10 best custom ROMs for Android. All the above-mentioned ROMs will help you enjoy an entirely different user experience. Let us know about your favorite ROM in the comments section below.