Several months ago, we made a roundup with the best Android ROMs currently available, and all of them have earned their popularity through awesome features, frequent updates and the wide range of devices they support.
Nevertheless, the number of aftermarket ROMs is growing as we speak and there are plenty of other names worth trying, especially if you’re always looking to make the most out of your phone and customize it in every way possible, but also to receive updates when official channels are dead.
Android Marshmallow is close to official release, but unless you own a Nexus device or a new flagship you’ll not going to get it very soon, and older devices may not get the update at all. The ROMs listed below already have Lollipop builds available for a large number of devices along with variants and get regular updates so all of them will likely make Marshmallow builds quickly after launch.
The need for this post has been brought to my attention by some of our readers (thanks for that, by the way) so here we go!
LiquidSmooth is rapidly gaining attention as this AOSP based ROM has a lightweight base you can enrich with features to your liking. There are quite a few of them, including customizable Lockscreen notifications and shortcuts, a built-in updater, gesture unlock, dark UI, the App Circle sidebar, call blacklist options and many others.
LiquidSmooth also takes some of the best features of other ROMs like the theme engine and Privacy Guard from CyanogenMod, OmniRoms Performance Control and SlimRoms Headsup customization. Lollipop builds are available for a large number of devices like the One Plus One, Samsung Galaxy S3, LG G2, Nexus 9, HTC One M8, Xperia Z Ultra and others. You can see all LiquidSmooth available builds here.
CyanideL, as you might already suspect, is a CyanogenMod-based ROM with a bit of extras on the sides. In this ROM you’ll find a solid set of features, and many of them will be familiar if you’ve used CyanogenMod or another CM-based ROM. These include custom power menu options and quick settings tiles, a built-in screen recorder, PIE controls, customizable navbar, Gesture Anywhere and Gesture Lockscreen, and a beautiful Material dark UI.
CyanideL supports a variety of popular Android devices, in fact new builds were released a week ago for many phones and tablets, including Xperia M, Nexus 7, Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, LG G3, HTC One M8 and many more. You can see the latest builds here.
Euphoria OS is another ROM that incorporates most of CyanogenMod’s features and if you’ve been searching for a Lollipop ROM that’s both fast and stable, be sure to give this one a try. There are also some additional features, like the ability to customize heads up notifications on a per app basis which is something many users appreciate.
This ROM gets frequent updates and among the supported devices you’ll find Nexus 4,5,6 and 7, One Plus One, LG G2 and G3, Yu Yureka and Moto G.
Resurrection Remix is an amazing ROM based on the original Remix and topped with features from CyanogenMod, ParanoidAndroid and AOKP. There are tons of features in this ROM like the ability to customize just about everything, the Pitch Black dark theme, custom Heads Up notifications, camera mods, Application side bar, custom progress bar and Notification panel tweaks among others.
If you’re having trouble finding a decent Lollipop ROM for your device, you might get lucky with Resurrection Remix, as it offers support for an impressive number of devices. I’m not going to enumerate them all here – I wouldn’t even know where to begin with, but you can see all supported devices here.
DirtyUnicorns has been around for a while, and the team behind it managed to create a polished, fast and stable ROM that sports a high degree of customization and many useful features. Some ROMs have issues with the default camera – not the case with DirtyUnicorns. Also, it offers extensive customization for navigation buttons, status bar, lockscreen, and the list goes on.
Performance-wise, this particular ROM is doing very well, and official support is provided for Nexus devices, the Samsung Galaxy line, Motorola Droid, HTC M7 and M8, Sony Xperia Z and a few more (see the full list here), but there are unofficial builds available for other handsets as well.
While Candy5 comes with all the essential features a custom ROM should have, this one is particularly interesting because of its amazing visual customization options. These are made available through a Sweetener Pack – an Aroma based framework modder with more than 50 theming mods that lets you give your phone a new look, with the option to easily go back to the original framework.
The number of customization options offered by the Sweetener Pack (get it here) is huge – from the navigation bar and lockscreen lock to your WiFi and data icon, it’s like chocolate cake for theming and visual customization fans.
The list of supported devices includes the HTC One M8 and M7, Nexus 5, OnePlus One and LG G3 – you can see it here.
BlissPop is another CyanogenMod-based ROM (with several features taken from other ROMs) with an outstanding set of features and stable builds that run smoothly. Among BlissPop’s best features you’ll find battery bar options, a traffic monitor tool, a Clear All button and Google Search bar in the Recent Apps menu, Clock and Date Options, the ability to disable Heads Up notifications, Direct Lockscreen shortcuts, the option to display seconds in the status bar and weather status in the status bar.
It gets frequent updates and among the supported devices there’s Nexus 7, HTC One M8 and One Plus One – see all supported devices and available builds for them here.
Regardless if you’ve installed dozens of custom ROMs before or none at all I recommend you quickly search the XDA thread for your specific device to get all information and instructions on how to properly install the ROM of your choice. Have you found a new favorite ROM in our roundup?
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