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Apps long story short. What are ROMS. How are they beneficial?

Discussion in 'Android Development' started by teabagdad, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. teabagdad

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    hi, .. how is a rom beneficial? sorry to sound ignorant , i just dont know what a rom is. Thanks.... i know its a OS. but doesn't it come with a os?

    could it compaire to a windows 7 computer, then a bunch of kids make a ROM = OS and it's like me installing diferrent OS's on my laptop? to me that would be boring.
     

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    Community ROMs are helpful in that they add extra features and/or themes.

    Some of these may include:
    - random bugfixes
    - overclocking support for your processor
    - Widgets on a lock screen
    - different launchers
    - removal of "bloatware" (software installed by a carrier, eg Verizon)
    - performance tweaks
    - unlocking features (tethering, firewalls)

    those are just some of the benefits, but I suggest anyone who is interested in rooting+ROMing get to know their phone and its features and apps and security/etc before they do something more advanced like installing a custom ROM.

    Some of the drawbacks of custom ROMs:
    - Voids your warranty in most cases
    - May "brick" your phone permanently (rare but not impossible)


    hth
     

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