The decline of the ROMs: Can keep alive a mobile with them?


Be Developer cooked ROMs has always been very difficult , requires work that could hardly make a single person, at least if we talk about ROMs that are not based on the typical stock manufacturer. For ambitious ROMs, style CyanogenMod, it takes a whole team.

There was a time in which ROMs cooked, arguably, they were fashionable , the forums were filled people who rooteaban their smartphones and became addicted to flasheos, not staying more than a week with it. They were times of unrest, of glory to the “cooks” pleased to have a legion of people willing to try their ROM


They were wonderful times, me spent a great flashing over and over again my mobile to prob ar unique features of each ROM, or just try the new work of a Spanish developer who were encouraged to publish their own ROM. It was almost like renewing my mobile without spending a penny :. flashes, configure, test, and back again

Disappearance of some of the ROMs most popular

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Those glory days now seem to be in the past. I’m not going to cheat, there is still “cocinaros” working hard to give the community the best ROM to program and people willing to try it. Even still remain “addicted to flasheos” something as romantic as little, I’m afraid.

Over time, gradually some of the ROMs best known were beginning to disappear from the Android scene, as OmniROM, for example, that comes to my mind right now, or Paranoid Androi d, which although has returned, has been out of action long . Virtually the only ones that fifth that remained constant were the guys from CyanogenMod.

You could even envision how there was still some “cook” who strived to treaer something that was not typical of MIUI, CyanogenMod, or stock lightened with some extra customization. The trouble is that by not receiving those comments in congratulating him or reported bugs, ended by leaving.

Disinterest development ROMs?

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I will give two examples that illustrate this section two terminals 2015 (with what they have had time to develop ROMs to spare). The first is the HTC One M9 , where you see, in the HTCMania forum, which on two pages there is only one hanging ROM based on stock.

Galaxy S6 , meanwhile, is luckier, with a total of 7 ROMs on 2 pages , of which almost certainly all of them are based on stock, no news of CyanogenMod for any part, let alone other ROMs based on AOSP, for example. In other terminals may have more luck, but are examples of how the landscape.

To meet the resurgent Paranoid Android , have to travel to the realms of Xperia Z3, where it is temporarily withdrawn to solve the problems with the SIM, or until the OnePlus OnePlus One or 2 , although there is a relatively long list compatible with this ROM terminals.

I’ve traveled more or less half of HTCMania looking for original ROMs, but the only thing I’ve found has been ROMs based on the stock manufacturer in Android stock a mixture of both, CyanogenMod and Paranoid. is not a bad choice, but misses the enormous creativity that had before .

In some cases teams have undone for different reasons (personal, work, selflessness, etc), and it seems that now, as in cases like OmniROM, have pieced together, but it seems that there is that yearning to innovate . Do all a great job, but some want to see something that is out of sight until now.

Keep the community wanting to custom ROMs?


While there was talk that there is no significant innovation in ROMs cooked, it is also true that it is not the fault of those wonderful beings who are developers who have given us so much, “guilt” is largely of Android and manufacturers since version after version van incorporating advances that we do not need these custom ROMs.

are increasingly working to add functions that either were already cooked ROMs or are entirely new. Thus make the user arises seriously if it worth flashing other ROMs that will surely offer a similar experience without the hassle of rooting many models of smartphones.

of course, you can still see many users flashing ROMs cooked , reporting errors and providing support to authors, but it seems that there is much less movement a few years ago, and is a Too bad, because there are things like this that put Android in a different league.

can a smartphone live with the ROMs that currently exist?

Paranoid Android

Let’s separate, to answer this question, the users groups, I think it is the best way to hit. If we talk about a user looking for a ROM in particular (in many cases is CyanogeMod) or try to find a perfect for him, all you must have is lucky to have a terminal with a large development community .

If you are looking for a very long support CyanogenMod or look for a stock that is not difficult to upgrade. Probably this type of user you want your phone to last more than two years to rent it to spare. For this person, yes, your mobile could survive with what is currently in the community.

We’re going to the opposite side, the type of user that is addicted to flasheos ROMs, now scarce, that will not stop trying ROMs, no matter whether it is new or has had a little update, will not hesitate to download and flash the ROM. This class of users will spend more time in the menu of recovery that answering messages Whatsapp from your contacts.

I have spent a flashing time day in, day one of the many ROMs that had ( CyanogenMod, Viper, based on stock, Paranoid …), I wanted to try them all, brand new mobile every day. For these people, mobile, as is the outlook for ROMs today, you would be bored within a few weeks.

Conclusion on this issue


today, we can find ROMs in common with most devices are based manufacturer stock, those based on stock Android, CyanogenMod and MIUI, but then we ROMs, such as Paranoid and OmniROM , which are compatible with a relatively small number devices.

the main problems we face is that we do not see ROMs different from what seen, and manufacturers have introduced features that make users conform to what they offer (because they typically offer much), leaving aside the possibility of flash a cooked ROM.

the root is not reduced only to ROMs , but I think it has always been an important part development of this world, and we have given real gems that many will not forget in a long time. We can only hope that one day a developer or a team to enter something so new that we rekindle enthusiasm for flash appears

In Engadget Android. | De rootear and try all the ROMs to use the stock: the evolution of Android user

The news Twilight of the ROMs: Can keep alive a mobile with them? was originally published in ​​ Engadget Android by Santiago Luque .

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The decline of the ROMs: Can keep alive a mobile with them?
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July 5, 2016

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