What is custom ROM and what is it for? - Advantages and disadvantages

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When you have an Android device, over time it is likely to become a bit outdated or out of date with current fashions. When this happens, mobile device manufacturers usually stop providing support or software updates, which has led many to want to download a custom ROM.

However, when you download one, no matter how good it looks at first, there are often drawbacks to use. However, before we start talking about these advantages and disadvantages, we must also talk about what one is ROM personalized for those unfamiliar with it.



Basically, a custom ROM is an operating system that has been customized and that can be downloaded and managed by certain Android phones. This was totally the opposite of what they call a Stock ROM, which was the base operating system that came with every mobile device from the factory.

Therefore, and taking into account what was said at the beginning, many people sometimes choose to download a custom ROM to continue with a work operational, or due to lack of updates or to have a specific experience on your own mobile device.

Actually, when it comes to customROMs there is a lot to choose from, since there are some that are totally based on a stock ROM, or simply made from Android source code.

But, despite the variety, all these customROMs have something in particular, and it is the lack of the infamous bloatware, which are applications that come from the factory with the mobile phone and can take up a lot of useless space in our memory.

On the other hand, some of these customROMs have performance exceptional, even better than the original operating systems, and have extra features that their users love, so it's no surprise that many users install one almost instantly on their new devices.



The benefits of a custom ROM

To begin with, we have to mention one of the most significant advantages that custom ROMs have, which is the support of regular updates. Usually, after a couple of years, a device Android stops receiving updates, which is a big problem if we want to keep having a working mobile.

Although customRoms may have the same problem, it doesn't occur at the same time as stockROMs, as they usually update devices up to four years after their release and more.

On the other hand, there is a regularity in the updates that ends up being very refreshing for a lot of people, as they are there customROM that never become one final version, as they always make new updates to improve the person's experience and even fix all kind of bugs in no time.

This is supported by the vision of the developers themselves, who don't have to respond to requests from people other than a large company to keep them satisfied as is the case with a stock ROM.

Likewise, the performance of the customROM are usually much higher than stock ROMs, as developers strip all bloatware and services from the manufacturer, as well as optimize the kernel to have a better energy saving and memory used.


And it supports the same user who can basically change whatever they want, since all customROMs are rooted as standard.

Disadvantage of a custom ROM

When installing a custom ROM, we need to be aware of what we are doing with our device. One time installed, many times we lose the original product warranty, not to mention that there can be errors during installation and the developers are not responsible for them.


Likewise, when an installation is done, all the data you have on your mobile is lost, so a backup is essential. And finally, you can't get Google apps, which can be a detriment to many users.

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