What is a custom ROM and Why install it?
Custom ROM is a modified Android Operating System so you can get extra features from your phone otherwise not possible on stock. Think of it as upgrading your tiny wheels on your rice beater to 21” rims, or maybe even putting a Corvette engine in it.
So, what features can custom ROM bring you?
First, Wifi Tethering and Hotspot – You don’t need to pay your carrier such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile TWICE for the same internet you already for. Most countries outside of the U.S. provide tethering as a basic feature on your data plan but in the U.S., carriers like to charge you for it. Install a custom ROM and you can get free wifi tethering working easily as most custom ROMs support wifi tethering out of the box.
You can manually install OTA updates or even downgrade to an older OTA update.
Last week, Android 4.3 was released for many Nexus devices. While some of you weren’t rooted and waiting for couple days or even weeks for Google to push out the OTA updates, many of you who rooted simply grabbed the latest Android 4.3 custom ROM zip file and installed it the day it came out. I remember a bunch of people tweeting me, “oh Max when is Android 4.3 coming on my stock phone?” and I was like, “wait you are still waiting?”
Did your carrier give up on upgrading your Android OS? No worries, you can get many custom ROMs that bring you the latest Android OS.
You can install custom ROMs with every possible/imaginable bloatware removed completely from your system, even government spyware. Some of these custom ROMs even offer AROMA graphical installer to remove just the ones you don’t want and keep the ones you like.
Change Operating Sysytem
You don’t like TouchWiz or Sense? No worries, you can root and install AOSP custom ROMs or even convert your phone into a full Google Play Edition phone easily with custom ROMs.
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