October 24, 2014

ROM of the Week: OmniROM

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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 OmniRom, which has built a literal playground for developers from beginners to veterans to try out new features or to create your own.  Omni goes to great lengths in order to help guide you, if you’re interested, in developing for Omni or porting to other devices.  All of this useful information can be found here at their wiki site. 

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! Omni is geared towards all users and incorporates all kinds of functionality that makes customizing your device great! The rom is lightweight and offers many options for power users to tweak usage settings for your device.

Features

Here is a list of features that can be found on OmniRom:

  • Flippable Quick Settings
  • Roadrunner mode
  • Multi-window
  • Daydream enhancements
  • Integrated Performance Control
  • Multi-workspace
  • Color-changeable

Two of my favorite features are Multi-workspace and Flippable Quick Settings.  Multi-workspace is very similar to Samsung’s TouchWiz, where it supports multiple windows at the same time.  Flippable Quick Settings are unique and the first time I had seen a feature like this.  It isn’t something fancy, but you can flip over your wifi quick setting to give a more thorough breakdown of the network.

Device Support

Omni has a plethora of devices that either the developers created or other people have ported over.  You can check out the official list here!

The features really speak for themselves and thanks to user @noodles90 for all the hard work in putting these together! Check out the features below or if you’re having JavaScript issues, you can check them out on the next page.

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