Custom Root ROMs So now that you’ve got some pretty sweet apps installed on your Android device what else can you do? You can install one of the coolest custom ROMs to your Android device. Now your Android device will be completely tricked out and be the envy of all your friends! Look at the Top 10 Custom ROMs our Certified Android Experts can install on your Android device:

Paranoid Android ROM

Paranoid Android ROM This is the first and only Android rom to feature true Hybrid mode. This rom lets you scale and project every app, every widget, even system components individually. Remember, android is modular, everything is an app: Lockscreen, navigation bar, dialogs, popups, keyboards, widgets, and your regular apps of course. Apps have the capability to switch into various designs or layouts according to the device they run on. This can result in a complete new experience as many apps will transform to the better.


AOKP ROM which stands for Android Open Kang Project, is one of the most popular ROMs since it started in November of 2011 with Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s been one of my all time favorites on a Nexus device because you can change the software key colors. AOKP also has tons of other features including performance tweaks, customizable LED notifications, and much more. Currently they are up to JB-MR1 Build 4, which is available for a slew of devices.

CyanogenMod ROM

CyanogenMod ROM This is probably the most popular ROM for anyone just getting into the flashing scene. CyanogenMod has been around since the beginning. And has gained more team members, device support and new features over the years. Including customizable quick settings, customizable software and hardware keys and much more. CyanogenMod 10.1 is available for a ton of devices, but we aren’t going to list them all here, it would take up to much space.

Liquid Smooth ROM

Liquid Smooth ROM is an aftermarket firmware based on the Android Open Source Project. Dedicated to providing users with smooth, stable and fast ROMs. A Lightweight modified AOSP base, and then add the features you crave! The LiquidSmooth ROM is a custom release based on AOSP Android 4.2 and it borrows some features from AOKP, CM and other not-so popular custom ROMs. It is a smooth ROM, it brings the Chronus cLock widget, support for customizing the software and hardware buttons, customizable navbar ring, navigation bar widgets, notification power widget, status bar mods, theme engine, quiet hours mode, volume rocker music controls and multiple others.

P.A.C. Man ROM

P.A.C. Man ROM As PACMan continues to spread like wildfire, users are starting to embrace the ROM’s unofficial motto: “Why choose when you can have it all?” Since it was first released, it’s been gaining momentum. P.A.C brings the best of CyanogenMod 10.1, AOKP, and Paranoid Android all into one ROM. Hence the name P.A.C. As you can see there’s PIE from Paranoid Android, along with the tablet UI’s. The theme engine also works, along with all the other features in CyanogenMod and AOKP.


Xylon AOSP ROM is fully transformed distribution for Android Devices. It is designed to take full advantage of the device’s hardware and to provide the user pure Android experience. Xylon is another custom ROM that is built off of AOSP, which means you’re getting stock Android with some added features. They bring features from FNV, CM, AOKP, TeamBAKED, and Paranoid Android. In addition to Linaro and CodefireX. It’s a really smooth ROM, and I hear battery life is pretty great too.

CodeFire X ROM

CodeFire X ROM Just like the rest of the ROMs in this list, CodefireX is another AOSP ROM that also has some features from CyanogenMod. It’s also built with a custom linaro based gcc4.7.3 tool chain. It’s a pretty smooth ROM, and available for plenty of devices. Not many AOSP based firmwares have been regularly updated, but CodefireX comes with several amazing features that we are sure you’d love to use. ClockworkMod Recovery is needed to be installed from before in order to flash this ROM.

Vanilla RootBox ROM

Vanilla RootBox ROM A wide variety of features have been cherry-picked to this project so the user can choose what he wants and how he wants it. These settings will allow the user to have a higher degree of freedom compared to Stock UI (TouchWiz, Sense or AOSP). This is a newer ROM you may or may not have heard about. It was the first ROM in our weekly Custom ROM Spotlight, this one is built from source with some features from CM, AOKP, and Paranoid Android. Including features like Per app DPI, Per app Tablet UI, OTA updates, Navigation bar color and much more.

SlimBean ROM

SlimBean ROM is exactly what the name hints at, a very slim version of stock Android. It does come with quite a few options, like Codename Android did. Including the ability to undervolt/underclock your CPU, set up profiles, theme engine, and much more. With Slim Bean, XDA Recognized Contributor krarvind aims to bring the same features to Jelly Bean, while still keeping it fast and lean in the tradition of his previous work. SlimBean is currently available for many devices.

Carbon ROM

Carbon ROM is a new ROM that is of course an aftermarket firmware based on Android 4.2.2 from AOSP. Of course, it does have some nice added features from Paranoid Android and AOKP.

Some of the features included in CarbonRom are: PIE, Unofficial Voodoo sound support, lockscreen options, Chronus Clock widget (from CyanogenMod), customizable hardware and software keys, and much more.

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