Flashing after party firmware is a thing people do to get a taste of different user interfaces they might not get out of the box in their android mobile. Sometimes, the version you get with your phone—whether its vanilla Android or something like Samsung’s TouchWiz—leaves a bit to be desired. Here’s how to install a new version of Android (or ROM) on your device for an even better Android experience.
What a ROM Really Is?
As we all know android is an open source. One of the best things about the openness of the Android platform is that if you’re unhappy with the stock OS, you can install one of many modified versions of Android (called ROMs) on your device. A new ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer does, or it can replace your manufacturer-modded version of Android with a clean, stock version. Or, it can take your existing version and just beef it up with awesome new features—it’s up to you.
If you’re familiar with Linux, it’s sort of similar to installing a different Linux distribution. Each version of the OS has a specific goal in mind, and as such differs quite a bit from the others. Which one you choose is dependent on your priorities and how you use the device. You’ll need to unlock your bootloader and flash a custom recovery, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not too difficult.
Different ROMs To Have a Taste of Flashing…
There are countless number of ROMs present out there you can try flashing. Some of them which are most famous in the android community are:-
1. LineageOS (previously CyanogenMod)
LineageOS is the successor to the popular CyanogenMod ROM. With an emphasis on openness, community development, and improvement of the stock Android experience, CyanogenMod supported dozens of devices officially with nightly updates, and unofficially, by the efforts of developers in the community, dozens more devices. LineageOS intends to pick up where CyanogenMod left off, but with a redoubled focus on being a grassroots community-focused development effort.
2. Mokee Open Source Project
MoKee OpenSource is based on the Google AOSP. They update their source code frequently to keep up with the latest development, and not forgetting to merge in special features of their own at the same time.
3. Android Ice Cold Project (AICP)
AICP is known by everyone as Android Ice Cold Project that started on HTC Desire HD and since then evolved into a mature ROM with the BEST community you can find!!!
Until lollipop, ROM has always been AOKP based. Unfortunately, since AOKP either stopped development or will make a comeback later this year, they changed their base to CyanogenMod when it comes to hardware, drivers and some features.
4. Resurrection Remix
Resurrection Remix the ROM has been based on CM,slim.omni and original Remix ROM builds, this creates an awesome combination of performance, customization, power and the most new features, brought directly to yourDevice
5. Dirty Unicorns
Dirty Unicorns is a project that started out with no name. It was a project that was first based off AOKP back in the early days of Jelly Bean. In the early days it was just a one man show on one device, the EVO 3D. Since then, many others have joined the project and it has grown exponentially.
Lets get to the final part now…….
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- Rooting or unlocking procedures may differ so please refer to your device’s forum once.
Flashing The ROM……
For flashing the ROM, you first need to unlock the bootloader and root your device so as to take the backup of your apps if you want to save the app data that maybe important. If you don’t know about unlocking the bootloader nad rooting, refer to our article here.
Steps For Flashing The ROM:-
- Firstly download the specific ROM you want to try and the google apps zip(gapps) available for your device.
- Now take a backup of your user apps which you think are important. You may use Titanium Backup or Backup+ app for that.
- Reboot into recovery mode.
- Wipe all user data(excluding internal storage), cache, dalvik/ART cache and system(optional)
- Tap on install and locate the ROM zip in your device and what for it to complete flashing
- Further locate the gapps zip and flash it too.
- After successful flashing of both the files, reboot the device and wait for initial bootup.
- Setup the device and restore the backup from the app you took it from.