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The first Android smartphones had many problems. Rather than wait around for manufacturers to fix them, volunteer developers created custom ROMs to replace a phone’s default software.
Now over a decade has passed, and Android phones have gotten much better. So is it still worth installing a custom ROM? I think so. Here are several important reasons why you might want to install a custom Android ROM.
Smartphones - Pants - Purses - Living - Room
Smartphones go wherever our pants or purses go. In the living room, in the car, and in the office, they’re present and picking up a lot of information about us along the way. They know our voices, the people we text, what photos we share, the places we drive, where we shop, and the games we use to kill time.
You can go crazy trying to obtain complete privacy, but flashing a custom ROM does give you a bit more control. Not only can choose to avoid installing certain Google apps, but you often have a greater say in what parts of your phone are accessible. If you use an app store like F-Droid, you can also rest knowing the apps you install aren’t mining you for information.
Phone - Conditions
When you buy a phone, you own it… with a few conditions.
You can’t remove certain apps and services. It won’t let you access system files. And you can’t change bothersome aspects of the interface. It’s technically your device, but there are many tweaks you don’t have permission to make.
Custom - ROM - Control - Hardware - Operating
Installing a custom ROM puts you in control of your own hardware. You can swap out one operating system for another, tweak more settings, and change the experience until you’re as happy with Android as you can get. Then your phone is truly yours to do with as you please.
You’re now empowered to take tweaking your phone to the next level....
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