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Samsung’s Galaxy S3 still has a long way to go before its official release, especially in the US or Canada (where it still doesn’t have a precise launch date), but you can already play around with the new phone’s software. A couple of days back, XDA dev Chainfire managed to root the S3 without even holding it for a second in his hands, while just  hours later the official ROM had been leaked, courtesy of another industrious developer, Faryaab. It was only a matter of time before we began to see custom ROMs pop up on the web, so it should come as…

CyanogenMod-7.2 rc

Just days after detailing the future of CyanogenMod 7 and ensuring us that they will continue work on the Android 2.3 software builds beyond CM 7.3, our favorite independent dev team has already released a number of custom 7.2 RC2 ROMs for several Samsung, LG, and Sony devices. CyanogenMod 7.2, based on Android Gingerbread, is not yet final and needs additional work, but if you’re eager to get a taste of the software package and you have one of the supported devices, you can go ahead and download the builds from this link. The LG Optimus Black P970 is one…

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Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich is all that everybody talks about right now and each and every one of you who owns a device running an older version of the OS is craving a scoop of tasty ICS and its butter smooth action. CM9 is the alternate software to go for in case your phone is not on an official Android 4.0 update list, but even that’s not enough to satisfy the needs of every mobile user out there. Fear not, though, because CyanogenMod 7, based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, is a project that will be taken to new heights, according…

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Kennethpenn Well, it didn’t take long for the folks at XDA-developers to come up with a permanent rooting solution for the HTC One X on AT&T. You can head to the thread right now if you can’t wait to remove some bloatware from your shiny new phone. Of course, that’s just one of the benefits that root access can provide you. For now, the rooting method seems to be working for the HTC One X versions offered by AT&T and Rogers. The one-click process is super simple – all you have to do is follow six simple steps. Therefore, you…

paranoidandroidtabletgalaxy

Lucky Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners have plenty of screen real estate to work with. With a whopping 1280×720 resolution, and a sharp 316 pixels per inch (PPI), it’s a wonder that Samsung didn’t take bit more advantage of the phone’s specs. Regardless, being the Google phone has its perks, as developer “drcmda” has constructed a ROM that, with a simple flash, turns your Galaxy Nexus into a tablet/phone hybrid. About the ROM “This is NOT just tablet mode”, the developer says, “This is an ongoing developer project to make way for a modification that will entirely transform your device, but…

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Looking for a fast, stable, and fully customizable ROM for your Samsung Galaxy Nexus? Let the LiquidSmooth v1.35 ROM transform your phone into a beastly example of what one can do with a rooted Android! Running Android 4.0.4, LiquidSmooth v1.35 unlocks the latest features available on the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. When using this ROM, users can effortlessly tweak every feature of their phone, including some that were recently fenced off. So, let’s dive into the Liquidsmooth goodness! Features Extremely responsive, slim, resource friendly UI Backup/Restore Liquid Control configurations Liquid Control allows for the manipulation, customization, and optimization of…

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We all know that what sets the Android OS apart from its competition is its open-source nature which gives us the ability to customize and tweak the interface to suit our own needs. Of course, the ability to create such “custom ROMs” requires a certain level of technical expertise which a lot of everyday users don’t have. Specialized teams of developers have been working hard to build such ROMs, that not only replace the existing interface your device features, but in most cases also enhance the overall performance of the device. One of our very own here at Android Authority,…

So, what is a custom ROM?

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If you own an Android device, or for that matter visit any Android-related news site then you will have heard about ROMs. Though a lot of people catch onto what ROMs are, for some people it’s not such an easy thing to get your head around. If you aren’t quite sure what a ROM is, hopefully I will clear things up for you today. First I should explain what a ROM is. The term ROM is misused, and a pseudonym. Up until recently, ROM’s were storage chips consisting of Read-Only-Memory. Ever played Gameboy games? They were ROM’s. Sometimes there was a separate area…

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We’ve been running more and more articles on AOKP lately, and many people keep asking what AOKP is. Well, within this article I would like to explain it to you. The CyanogenMod ROM is based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project). These CM builds often contain a few extra features and tweaks to improve the overall Android experience. Users get to enjoy the stock Android experience and not the skins and additional clutter that manufacturers slap onto Android when distributing devices. CyanogenMod is hugely popular, supporting over 70 devices. I proudly run it on my own Desire HD. There is…

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The Joy Of Using Experimental Software One of the main reasons behind me rooting all of my devices and playing with custom ROM’s is that I enjoy being a part of projects that are in development or experimentation. Anyone can use a ‘perfect’ ROM from the device’s manufacturer, but I enjoy running Android builds that other people have gone to the trouble of making for us all. Manufacturers never get this right when it comes to development, they’re under the illusion that we like what they give us. Whilst this is partially true, we end up discovering we want more features, and…