Rooting your Android phone is a rite of passage. It unlocks the functionality that separates Android from iOS and opens a realm of almost infinite customization. Replacing the entire operating system is possible on a rooted device. So, given the benefits, why aren’t Android phones rooted from the factory? Even those sold by Google, like the Nexus 4 and 7, require root after purchase. Why is that the case?
The makers of CyanogenMod, one of the best custom ROMs based on Android, announced on Wednesday that CyanogenMod will be turned into an app you can download and install from the Play Store on unlocked devices.
I can’t say I’ve been entirely happy with having switched to Android – poor battery life, lack of system updates and general bugginess of my HTC One X being my main issues – but I heard a custom ROM could go some way to making me a happier Android owner. I therefore spent the afternoon trawling through forums, learning how to do the complete installation process from a stock phone, and I’m compiling that here.
Ever wanted to flash a new ROM on your Android device but didn’t have the patience to deal with the whole flashing process? I remember spending hours trying to download, transfer, reboot, flash, reboot, wait, reboot, all just to try out a new ROM. I don’t have the time for that anymore and it’d be nice to be able to flash a ROM straight from an app with an intuitive interface. Fortunately, there are some available on the Play Store: Here is a look at four of the best ones.