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What do custom ROMs do?

What do custom ROMs for Android do? I'm wondering because Android is already very customisable...

Most Useful Answer mrew42  Oct. 26, 2011 at 14:01

Android is quite customisable, but often handset manufacturers and network suppliers load up the O/S with lots of unnneccesary bloat. I don't use twitter or facebook so why would I want them 'fastened' to my Rom. Also i'm on Orange and they are very poor at releasing updates to later versions of Android. On this basis I have gone the custom ROM route. This removes the bloat that HTC and Orange have tried to inflict me with, but also I can have a more recent version of Android, better CPU control, freeing up more memory for the Apps I want. The right ROM (in conjucntion with Kernal & Radio) can make your handset faster slicker and more responsive. Also (as I've mentioned so many times before) my HTC Sensation is now in effect an Sensation XE, as it runs at the same clock speed and also has the Beats Ausio plugin. I've also tried a few other customer ROMS, such as Cyanogenmod & MIUI. These remove HTC's Sense (a HUGE bloat) and have remarkably different look and feels about them.
If you aren't happy with you phone's take on Android, you can change it for another. I can make my phone look like a Galaxy S, or an LG (not that i'd want to of course). Or I can turn up the CPU & GPU and cook on Gas (well Li-on fumes I'm sure). Or I can turn it right down and preserve my precious battery (as if). But then I'm a geek and always, always have to see what I can and can't do with any given device.
Basically they give far more choice than you would otherwise have.
All of this is moot if you don't want to risk you warranty.
If you REALLY want to play with ROMS get yourself an HD2 for abour £150 used. You can Run Android (many,many flavours), WinMo 6.5, WP7, Ubuntu even MeeGo. I do :)

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 13:49

They usually are free of bloatware - apps nobody uses or trail apps nobody buy etc. They often are optimised for speed, or themed/skinned for extra bling or no bling. Some have extra features built in etc etc

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 13:50

trial. Not trail. Oops

mrew42  Oct. 26, 2011 at 14:01

Android is quite customisable, but often handset manufacturers and network suppliers load up the O/S with lots of unnneccesary bloat. I don't use twitter or facebook so why would I want them 'fastened' to my Rom. Also i'm on Orange and they are very poor at releasing updates to later versions of Android. On this basis I have gone the custom ROM route. This removes the bloat that HTC and Orange have tried to inflict me with, but also I can have a more recent version of Android, better CPU control, freeing up more memory for the Apps I want. The right ROM (in conjucntion with Kernal & Radio) can make your handset faster slicker and more responsive. Also (as I've mentioned so many times before) my HTC Sensation is now in effect an Sensation XE, as it runs at the same clock speed and also has the Beats Ausio plugin. I've also tried a few other customer ROMS, such as Cyanogenmod & MIUI. These remove HTC's Sense (a HUGE bloat) and have remarkably different look and feels about them.
If you aren't happy with you phone's take on Android, you can change it for another. I can make my phone look like a Galaxy S, or an LG (not that i'd want to of course). Or I can turn up the CPU & GPU and cook on Gas (well Li-on fumes I'm sure). Or I can turn it right down and preserve my precious battery (as if). But then I'm a geek and always, always have to see what I can and can't do with any given device.
Basically they give far more choice than you would otherwise have.
All of this is moot if you don't want to risk you warranty.
If you REALLY want to play with ROMS get yourself an HD2 for abour £150 used. You can Run Android (many,many flavours), WinMo 6.5, WP7, Ubuntu even MeeGo. I do :)

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 14:01

They also void your warranty.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 14:13

That too, matt.

But what doesn't ;)

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 26, 2011 at 14:16

Keep in mind that rooting does not void your warranty, if you can get root without custom ROM or boot modifications. Some phones (HTC is an example) allow rooting without making ROM changes. In such case resetting phone will remove root access. As you should always reset your phone before sending it for repairs there is no way of telling if phone was rooted or not.

Andrewolu  Oct. 26, 2011 at 22:56

Can you use 3rd party launchers with these custom ROMS like Go Launcher, ADW Launcher and Launcher Pro???

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 23:03

Andrew, yes you can.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 27, 2011 at 08:27

I think you can use custom launcher with stock phone software also.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 27, 2011 at 11:23

That's also true, I use launcher pro with stock Samsung firmware.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 27, 2011 at 12:37

Samsung stock, shame on you. :p

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 27, 2011 at 14:29

I have a CM7.1 backup as well ;)

Andrewolu  Oct. 27, 2011 at 21:55

Thanks for the responses. So if I change the ROM then warranty is void?
Any way to backup to original ROM without them detecting it.
If not I might stick to Samsung software/firmware with Go launcher EX when I get my Galaxy SII as I would prefer to not void it. I was thinking about using it with MIUI but might think again.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 27, 2011 at 22:17

There's a thing called a USB Jig which you can use on an SGS2 to wipe all trace that you've ever rooted/installed unofficial kernels on your phone. As a general guide though, just consider your warranty gone once you've flashed anything unofficial (or official via unofficial means such as ODIN).

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