Meet OmniROM, a new custom ROM for Android

October 13, 2013

OmniROM

OmniROM, a new custom ROM for Android, has been made official at BABBQ (Big Android BBQ), by several developers whom you may already know including Chainfire, Xplodwild and Dees_Troy.

In case you’re new to the custom Android ROM playground, you may have not heard of Chainfire’s SuperSU and rooting hacks (including the recent RegionLock Away removal tool for the Galaxy Note 3), Dees_Troy’s TWRP recovery tools used by custom ROM fans or Xplodwild’s Focal camera that was part of the CyanogenMod ROM, and which is currently available as a standalone app in the Play Store.

OmniROM will be available on several devices including the following: Nexus 4, W-Fi and cellular versions of the Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, Oppo Find 5, Xperia Z and the Xperia Tablet Z. Naturally, in the future support for more devices is expected.

What about OmniROM features? Here are some of the key features of this new custom Android ROM:

  • Flippable Quick Settings
  • Roadrunner mode
  • Multi-window
  • Daydream enhancements
  • Integrated Performance Control
  • Multi-workspace
  • Color-changeable
  • 3D depth Phase Beam

There’s also a website for OmniROM, which should offer more details in the near future. Interestingly, the custom ROM also gets a sub forum on xda-developers, something other custom ROMs don’t have.

OmniROM

We have embedded the explanation of OmniROM, found on its official site, – although it reads very much like an anti-CyanogenMod movement – below, in case you want to read more about what it aims to offer.

We’ll take an in-depth look at OmniROM in the future, so stay tuned for more news related to this new custom ROM initiative.

Show Press Release

Why Omni?
Omni is what custom ROMs used to be about – innovation, new features, transparency, community, and freedom. While other ROMs may water down their distribution to ensure it passes Google approval, we offer you an alternative: an Android distribution which remains compatible, but which doesn’t compromise on your experience.

Omni is a chance to get involved, no matter who you are. Developers, whether you’ve been developing apps for a week, or ROM features for 3 years, you’re welcome. Users, we know you want to help out, and we know you’re frustrated when you are told “no bug reports on nightlies”. You want to help out more, and now you can – Omni actively encourages bug reports and feature requests, which can be added to our publicly accessible roadmap. What’s the point in giving you a ROM, and forcing you to not tell us about any bugs you find?

Talking of nightlies, we also recognise how people use Custom ROMs – we’re all custom ROM users and developers ourselves – the argument that “nightlies are not for end users” is over-used, and no longer valid. We’ve found that the vast majority of users want to get nightly updates to their ROM. For that reason, nightlies aren’t a playground – nightlies are for new features that are finished. You should be able to expect the same stability and reliability from a nightly as you would from a “release” ROM, and can report any bugs that prevent this from happening.

We know not everyone wants to update their ROM daily, and you are free to update as frequently or infrequently as you like. Omni is about flexibility and giving users what they expect, rather than forcing users to use unstable builds in order to run a recent version of Android, then be denied the ability to report bugs, or suggest features, or point out issues.

Comments

  • Brandon Jiang

    Multi window holy shit

    • Jesus

      YES! I hope this is REAL

      Till now, it’s been a Samsung exclusive…

  • MasterMuffin

    XDA should stay more objective, they’re getting too biased towards this. I bet there’s going to be another split in Android camp (like Nexus users vs the rest) between CM users and the rest thanks to articles like the one that XDA posted about Omnirom and how things are obviously heating a little

    I think this is going to be awesome though, they already said that there’s a working build for gt-i9300 (s3). I’ll flash it right away!

    • Nickan Fayyazi

      To me, it seems like the split within Android fans is Nexus vs HTC vs Samsung. Especially earlier in the year around the One and GS4 release, when it was almost completely HTC vs Samsung.

    • Steven Z

      You’re right, but still, who can help but get excited about this? It seems like a really awesome ROM by a very enthusiastic community :)

      • MasterMuffin

        True dat, this year will be great for flashers with this coming Omni and PA 4 (the devs of PA said something about rewriting of the code and plenty of new features)

        • Steven Z

          Yep, I’m already running OmniROM on my phone using a preliminary build from the maintainer for my phone. It’s awesome :)

          • MasterMuffin

            What phone :O Me wants

          • Steven Z

            Xperia T :D

          • MasterMuffin

            I can’t find any pre builds for anything. Did you hack life?

          • Steven Z

            Do you have the Xperia T? The ROM is available at http://goo.Im/devs/tilal6991/ROMs/mint/omni if so :)

          • MasterMuffin

            I don’t have it but thanks :)

          • Ivan Myring

            How well does multi window work? Are they resizable?

          • Steven Z

            Multi window seems not to be implemented yet; according to the guys behind the ROM it’s unfinished so I’d assume they just haven’t put it in because of that.

  • Balraj

    Wow multi window but will it be like LG or Samsung
    All the best guys :-)

    • trwb

      Looks like sams, see the picture above

      • Balraj

        I browse through mobile, image did not load while I was reading :-P
        Now I see

  • Ray

    Looks and sounds great, but where does one download it from? From what I can tell, It doesn’t appear to be available yet, correct?

  • http://www.facebook.com/happyhoppah Joshua Ingram

    What is Roadrunner mode?

    • mahendru1992

      well it seems like a battery saving mode

  • trwb

    Multiwindow. Sweet!

  • Tommy Yu

    Competition is good, both sides will be more motivated to produce better roms

  • Android Developer

    what’s the “Flippable Quick Settings”? is it just an animation when you click on it?
    or does it do something special?

  • Brociu

    omg multiwindow i must check it on my nexus 4

  • Brociu

    omg multiwindow i must check it on my nexus 4

  • wat

    What is multi workspace?

  • Paul Picaso Sterling

    I wanna hear more about the multi-window, thats what I’m all about!

  • RanRu

    Can BABBQ be pronounced “Babe-be-queue”? I feel like it should.

    • John Kirk

      Only if there is a swimsuit model around.

      • RanRu

        *Grabs Speedo*
        I’m ready.

  • rickneworleansla

    “Omni is about flexibility and giving users what they expect, rather than forcing users to use unstable builds in order to run a recent version of Android, then be denied the ability to report bugs, or suggest features, or point out issues.”

    This sounds great if it’s done right. I hope its availible for all my devices.

  • Srbaniya

    Can’t wait for my S3. I have faith in Chainfire. I hope there’s gonna be awesome new features and customization. Kudos to you guys.

  • Cloduar

    I kinda agree with you, but Steve Kondik has been acting like a punk since the “Inc.-gate” and some top maintainers left the CM boat (harassing Entropy on his G+ account is so immature, IMHO). As far as I’m concerned, I have stop using it as the new CM goals are a bit opaque now unfortunately. At least, this new project is more in line with the “AOSP spirit”. With that being said, I just hope they’ll provide enough customization features (a bit like PAC-man roms).

  • George Av

    omg -_- another rom that looks exactly the same as CM10, aokp, slim, aosp, bla bla bla Nothing new here move along..

  • http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2083718 95mediatech

    A unofficial build also been built for Galaxy S4 i9500, but many bugs make it annoying to use. Pretty much very Stock look

  • Rafael Miranda

    I want to download and try! Now!

  • Carl

    Just one random ROM.

    • Jayfeather787

      Just one awesome random ROM.

  • GJV

    I’m guessing this is built from AOSP source and is not just another CM-based ROM like basically every ROM out there (i.e., Slim, Carbon, PA, AOKP, etc)? If that’s the case, this is something to actually get excited about.

    • SamLehman617

      AOKP and PA are built from AOSP. Not sure about Slim, but Carbon is.

  • Ajay Shah

    If anyone is looking for a Nexus 4 unofficial build: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2484600

  • Charlie

    guys, please include alcatel phones.

  • ericdabbs

    Please include the LG G2 to this list.

  • Lindle

    OKay, i’m rooting my nexus 10

  • Harry Bowen

    I really want to see a video reviewing Omnirom on Nexus 7!

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    • Adnan Che

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Emmanuel

    I am going to try this out, looks really good.

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    • Verga Negra

      Fuck you.

  • Haekal Zidni Barkan

    Woah, the transparent navbar and the clock widget looks cool!

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