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Android ROM Roundup

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It's easy to install a custom operating system on your Android device, but which one is right for your needs? We install and test some of the most popular Android ROMs on the web to help you find the one that's perfect for you.


If you have an Android phone or tablet, it's easy to install a custom operating system that's more appropriate for your needs than the stock Android OS. However, while rooting your Android phone is simple, selecting the right custom ROM can be challenging.

To help you make the right decision, I compiled a list of the best ROMs we've seen for devices running either Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) or Gingerbread (Android 2.3). If your Android device is still running Froyo (Android 2.2), the Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs will probably work, but I recommend taking a hard look first. All of these custom ROM projects are maintained by independent Android enthusiasts, so install them at your own risk.

Editor's note: We tested these ROMs using a Samsung Nexus S. Android ROMs behave differently depending on which phone model you have, so be sure to research a ROM thoroughly before installing it onto your device.


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