One of the great things about Android is that the operating system isn’t stuck on just one device – you can find it on all sorts of gadgets from multiple manufacturers. Another beautiful feature about Android is that it is extremely customizable, and (usually) so is the hardware. This means that if you’d rather run a custom ROM on your device, the chances of being able to do that is pretty good.
Back in the day, a bricked device would be very tough to recover, but over the years some resilience has been built into smartphones and tablets. These days a few clever button presses, useful additional software, a USB cable and a few prayers (the prayers are optional, of course) will sort out many bricking issues. But as it turns out, you don’t even need to go as far as that!
I just got a brand-new Galaxy S III. It’s a beautiful device, except for one big flaw: Samsung TouchWiz. But when you eliminate the ugly looks, it turns out TouchWiz actually does add value! If you’re running a stock Android ROM on your Galaxy S III, or considering replacing Samsung’s ROM with something like Cyanogen, wait a moment: Samsung offers a few features that are well worth keeping, and here are just a few.
The moment you realize you can flash your Android phone with a new ROM is a pivotal one. Suddenly, you’re free: Endless customization options, no more vendor bloatware, and, best of all, you don’t have to wait for official updates. But that freedom can soon turn into confusion: There are just so many ROMs out there! Which should you pick? If you’ve never flashed a ROM before and are trying to figure out what’s the best ROM for your device, this is the post you’ve been looking for. I’ll be covering four of the most important ROMs available today, and then some.