After a long period of relative silence the AOKP team has released the first 4.3 milestone build of its custom Android ROM for all supported devices.

AOKP is a custom Android ROM (like Cyanogenmod) that specifically targets high-end Android devices. The milestone release means the team is close to putting the finishing touches on the final version of its ROM that uses the open source code of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean as its base. There are still some bugs in the release, but it should be stable enough for use on a daily driver for those who don’t mind a hiccup or two.

Some of the unique features of AOKP include a system-wide navigation ribbon that users can access with a simple swipe and five custom apps in the navigation ring that’s normally reserved for Google Now. The ROM also lets users customize system toggles and create their own vibration patterns.

In the blog post announcing the milestone release the team tried to get rid of any rumors of internal turmoil, saying the rumors came as a surprise to the team.

The team also assured everyone that they are working on a version of AOKP based on Android 4.4 KitKat. That release is coming “soonish.” When ti does come out it AOKP 4.4 will “probably” support the Galaxy Nexus, which Google won’t release KitKat for. “Probably” is at least better than Google’s straight “no.”

Have you tried AOKP before? Or do you prefer a different custom ROM?

  • Mike Reid

    Pink unicorns go better with the “My Little Pony” set.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Or “bronies”, LOL. :)

  • Omar F. Rodriguez Morales

    Is there any chance for a AOKP version for the sony tablet S

  • ArclightX

    #Stay Paranoid

    All I gotta say…

    • Shark Bait

      Yeahhh that is my favourite!! CM started to anoyme with all their addons that overlap Googles stuff

  • Steaven

    Give me AOKP or give me death!

  • Azeem

    I have used aokp and it was good.

  • OzJason

    Moved on a while ago like a lot of users I suspect. AOKP was a leader… but I think what has killed their momentum was scrapping everything and starting again everytime a new version of Android came out. That… and the deafening silence about WTF is going on with it. Oh, and the juvenile crap that the devs post to social media… it was doing my head in. Swagger Sunday? geezus… I dreaded the Twitter spam each week.

    There’s way better alternatives now… even stock Android with Xposed Framework is a better option if you like timely Android upgrades.

  • MicrosoftWord

    Spell check….When ti does come out it AOKP 4.4 will….

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    I’m in the who cares bucket here.

    4.4 has been out for so long already and has become stable enough to use that there is no appeal to us AOKP any longer.

    If BWG can get Shiny running as a solo operation while in school and actually putting more effort there, while no longer even having an activated GNex, what’s the hold up on AOKP?

    AOKP is as bad as carriers here.

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