Buying a Google phone has its own perks, if you own a Google Nexus you are the first one to get the latest Google android updates direct from Google as there is “pure” and “stock” Android. You get all the new features and improvements, months before the owners of other phones. Google Nexus also serves a number of Custom ROM’s. These are different versions of the Android OS that are re-programmed which have better features, faster, smoother or more intuitive.
To Install Custom ROM on your Nexus you have to go through certain steps: unlocking the boot loader, rooting and installing a custom Recovery utility. If you are done with these steps you can start flashing custom ROM on your phone.
Before flashing these ROMs to your phone you should download the best ROM Manager application from the Google Play market as it makes the process much easier. With each ROM, you’ll need to download the file and then copy it to the root folder of your phone using a micro-USB cable.
Best Custom ROMs for Nexus 4:
1. Brainmaster’s Stock and Lucid ROM 4.2.1
The Rom is based on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and its whole black theme looks really nice. It’s fast and smooth plus is battery-friendly. Some other tweaks that this ROM brings is Advanced automated Zip aligning of system/app and /data/app, Custom Bootanimation, AppWidgetPicker, AOSP Browser, Power Menu and Volume Skip. So it is all in all one of the Best Custom ROM available.
2. Paranoid Android
ParanoidAndroid has really become one of the most popular ROM since it moved to Jelly Bean 4.2.1. It allows configuring a hybrid user interface which has the elements of both, the Android tablet and the phone, so you can have the tablet-style notifications bar on your handset-the best of both worlds. You can also use the quick settings menu that was introduced in Jelly Bean, swapping out options you don’t use for ones you do.
3. Liquid Smooth
Liquid Smooth Edition, as the name suggests is very smooth, fast and battery friendly. The LiquidSmooth ROM takes the stock Android experience even further than what comes as default with the device. Needless to say, this ROM is tweaked to give you a good better battery life than the stock ROM.
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4. Xylon 4.2 ROM
Xylon has many features which take you beyond Android. It has many ideas borrowed from other ROM’s but has more to it-one of the most obvious being the ability to tweak the layout of your navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, and change the color, placement and function of the icons present there. Xylon is very much a work in progress and is a very young ROM but definitely one of the best.
5. CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Nexus 4
CyanogenMod is a free and aftermarket firmware distribution of Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean). CyanogenMod is based on the Android Open Source Project with extra contributions from many people within the Android community. It is the most popular ROM among Android lovers and is one of the best custom ROMs. The ROM keeps away from most of bloatwares. It is very small-sized and it gives you probably the fastest performance, smoother transitions and yes the widget setup at the lock screen too.