ROM of the Week is dedicated to highlighting our favorite custom ROMs and builds for Android users. If you’re the type who likes to tinker and push their device to new limits then this column is for you.
Note that this isn’t the sort of thing that every AndroidGuys reader will enjoy; however, it can be an eye opener. Our hope here is that we help you discover something new and exciting that you can do with your favorite smartphone. Enjoy!
This week’s ROM of the Week goes to AOKP. Now you’re probably asking, “What the hell is AOKP?” Well, AOKP stands for Android Open Kang Project, which the developers played on the word kang and AOSP (Android Open Source Project). The developers are a unique bunch having fascinations with unicorns as well, but if you don’t already know, they make one of the most popular ROMs for Android, 5,000,000 installs and counting.
Well lets get down to it and see why AOSP made the ROM of the Week. Like a majority of ROMs out there for Android, they all start with Google’s vanilla version of Android and begin to modify it with features they think are necessary or cool! AOKP is lightweight and contains no bloatware or “baked in” apps that you can’t remove.
You can change almost every aspect of the OS, from the way it looks to the way it functions, allowing for total freedom! Now AOKP offers two types of “builds/releases” – Nightlies and Milestones.
Nightlies are updated every 3 days and may contain bugs, but if you want to have the latest features first, this is the one for you. Now, I wouldn’t recommend using Nightlies on your daily driver, because you could have a bug that would make the camera not work or something just starts going crazy. However, I have been known to play on the wild side, but I have payed for it as well.
Milestones are the builds that 95% of people “klang” to. They are the most stable and are normally released once a month. AOKP has an awesome app called AOKPush, which will notify you when a new release is available for download.
Now first, we need to make sure your device is compatible with AOKP. This list changes quite often with new builds of Android being introduced. Normally, Nexus devices are the first to get the latest builds, but non-nexus devices get support quickly. Check out this link to ensure your device is compatible with AOKP.
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