Saturday, August 24, 2013

How to Install a Custom ROM on Android (Plus Tips)




The Android OS prides itself on being as open and diverse as possible, and the biggest beneficiaries of this are the h@ckers who are constantly looking for new ways to alter, improve and modify their phone or tablet. But the pre-conceived ideas of h@cking being a niche and somewhat risky way of improving their devices are slowly diminishing, and instead h@cking is opening itself up to a new wave of wannabe h@ckers.
The rise in popularity of sites such as XDA Developers has led more people to really explore their Android device further, with more than just cosmetic changes being available. The sheer number of Android Custom ROMs and tools now available to users can help them improve how the device functions and works overall.
The lack of updates for devices supplied by operators is a major flaw in the Android ecosystem, and it’s not uncommon to see a device just a year old be forgotten by its manufacturers.
There’s no denying that the positive aspects of h@cking your device can lead to a wide range of benefits for your device. For the average user, being able to tinker their device can help keep their phone or tablet in tip-top condition, without ever needing to spend big money on upgrading their device. Manufacturers have cottoned on to this, and although there isn’t official support for h@cking phones from the likes of Samsung, HTC and the rest, the process of rooting has been made generally easier.
Going in for a Custom ROM has the following positive & negative points that you need to consider before installing a custom ROM on android.
Positives :
  • Full control of your device and its features.
  • Timely software and security updates.
  • Free support provided by the h@cking community.
  • Software updates available for ageing devices.
Negatives :
  • Breaks device warranty.
  • Possibility of adding malicious ROMs to device.
How to Install a Custom ROM on Android
Looking to get started in the world of Android h@cking? Make sure these are the first places you check out.
CyanogenMod
The king of all ROMs, the official CyanogenMod site has a blog which you can follow to find out when the latest updates will be released, complete with bug fixes.
XDA Forums
The XDA Forums are the central hub for all things to do with h@cking Android devices. There’s a wealth of knowledge and custom made ROMs to explore.
MoDaCo
As well as offering a great forum to discuss ROMs, there’s also a news section to keep you up to date with the latest big news in the world of Android h@cking.

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