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OmniROM's Android 8.1 Oreo builds go on a weekly update schedule

The team behind OmniROM said its list of supported devices for the weekly builds will grow over time, though that list is pretty small right now.

Published onJanuary 2, 2018

  • The OmniROM team announced that weekly builds based on Android 8.1 Oreo are now available
  • The list of supported devices is small, but will grow over time
  • OmniROM contains little to no bloatware and includes a host of customizable settings.

OmniROM is one of the more popular Android ROMs available, and fans of the custom software will be happy to know that the team behind it started weekly builds for Android 8.1 Oreo.

Taking a look at XDA Developers‘ great dive into OmniROM, the custom software offers features like advanced reboot, dual-column settings, dynamic notification drawer headers, and OmniSwitch, which lets you change up the look and feel of the app switcher.

As is typically the case with other custom ROMs, OmniROM lets you get as granular as you’d like. Within settings, you can customize the rotation modes, hardware button behavior, long-press actions for the Home and Recents buttons, and the LED indicator. You can also apply system-wide themes through the Overlay Manager Service, something made much easier with Android Oreo.

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One of the biggest reasons to hold back from installing custom ROMs, including OmniROM, is due to image quality. As XDA Developers correctly explains, custom ROMs do not tap into the camera app and post-processing from the device’s stock ROM, since the original firmware includes certain code that only the stock ROM can take advantage of.

That is certainly true of the OmniROM camera app, which delivers weaker images than those delivered by the stock camera app. Relative to images taken with the Google Camera on the Pixel XL and OnePlus 5T, OmniROM’s camera app takes pictures that are over-exposed and blurrier, particularly in low-light conditions.

Apart from image quality, the biggest reason to hold back is device support. For now, OmniROM’s Android 8.1 Oreo weekly builds are availably on the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5, and Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. That list is very small, though the team promises it will grow over time.

If you have any of the supported devices, you can head to OmniROM’s website to download and flash the Android ROM. Just remember that you are flashing at your own risk, so make sure you know what you’re doing.

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