Custom ROMs bring the current Android version to older smartphones and tablets. We have taken a closer look at some interesting implementations based on Android 10 for you.
Android 10 also has some great custom ROMs to offer.
Already since the beginning of September 2019
Android 10 is available for numerous devices
. Google provided its Pixel devices with the new operating system from day one.
For those who haven’t been fortunate enough to receive an update directly from the manufacturer, there is an alternative way. Numerous developers have set themselves the goal of making the latest Android version accessible for older devices. Since the Android program code is part of the AOSP (
Android Open Source Project
) is available to all interested parties free of charge, the porting options are correspondingly large.
On the following pages we will show you seven interesting implementations of Android 10. These cover different requirements: from very minimalist to flexibly adjustable. The classics are included
, but also lesser-known solutions like
A came as the basis for the installation
Google Pixel 2 XL
for use. The current version 3.4 of the recovery solution runs on this
(Team Win Recovery Project), with which we implement the alternative operating system. We will not go into the installation of TWRP in this article. However, you will find step-by-step instructions for your smartphone or tablet
on the TWRP website
LineageOS – the classic
The appearance of Lineage OS is very simple and clear. Since there are no apps specific to Google, alternative apps, for example for surfing or contact information, are on board.
is now in the fifth version after Cyanogenmod and is based in the current version 17.1 on Android 10. In the download area of the website of
you will find an overview of all supported devices including the necessary installation files and very detailed installation instructions.
If your device does not appear in the list, the forum is from
a good alternative port of call for the unofficial versions. This also applies to all other custom ROMs that we have tested in this article.
For the initial setup there is an assistant available under Lineage-OS, just like you are used to with Android. With this you can maintain the central entries for language, WLAN connection or time zone. LineageOS is very much based on the Android 10 standard; the developers have only integrated a few additional functions such as the setting options for the status bar and the function keys. As usual, Google’s own programs are missing. And the root option, which you could still activate in LineageOS 16 using a ZIP file, is no longer available in LineageOS 17.1. You must now implement this using third-party tools.
LineageOS is very suitable for everyone who has older hardware but would like to use Android 10 in a high-performance state. The provider only publishes versions on its website that are really stable and usable in practice. Thanks to the regular updates, you will receive all available security updates promptly and thus have a reliable and secure operating system.
AOSIP – the custom ROM with the owl
The AOSIP start screen is strongly based on the Pixel Launcher – at the bottom is the Google search window, at the top the time and temperature at the current location.
A year ago, the basis of supported devices was the ”
Android Open Source Illusion Project
“Still quite manageable. AOSIP is now available for download on the website for more than 30 smartphones. AOSIP is visually reminiscent of a pixel start screen: the Google search window is integrated at the bottom of the screen. The most important Google apps such as the Play Store and the Chrome browser are already integrated in the standard scope of delivery.
The real strength of the custom ROM becomes clear when you call up the “OwlsNest” in the settings. There you will find the available configuration options, neatly sorted under eight different menu items. These go from the status bar to gesture control.
AOSIP is an interesting option for everyone who likes to individualize everything on their smartphone. The selection of supported devices is broad and ranges from a Google Nexus 5X to a Poco F1.
BlissRoms – an interesting alternative
The surface of BlissRoms, which was previously colored in light blue tones, is now very much based on AOSP. This is also evident in the standard settings.
At the beginning, in addition to the range of functions, the individual coloring was particularly striking. This has since been adapted by the developers and is based heavily on the Pixel Launcher. The developers describe their custom ROM on the project website at Sourceforge themselves as a custom ROM with many setting options and additional security functions. These are divided into a total of nine submenus under the “Blissify” menu item – from the status line and notifications to animations and buttons. You will also find the BlissPapers in the apps, which you can use to download additional backgrounds.
If you are looking for a custom ROM with a simple appearance that does without all Google tools as standard, but still offers a lot of configuration options, the BlissRom is exactly the right place for you. With a little luck, your smartphone will also be one of the 56 models that are currently supported.
ColtOS – two launchers and Google apps
The developers at ColtOS deliver your custom ROM with two launchers: Pixel and Lawnchair. The latter offers additional extensive configuration options.
is based directly on AOSP and, according to the developer, has expanded the basic functionality to include many important setting options. On the Sourceforge project website you will find a current release for a good 30 models.
As the only custom ROM in the test, ColtOS gave you the choice between two launchers: Pixel and Lawnchair. The Google standard apps are already available and do not have to be installed separately.
The developers have integrated Omniswitch for fast navigation. In the settings you will find the configuration options, divided into the four areas status bar, buttons, lockscreen and system. Below that there is a second menu level and, in some cases, multi-page configuration pages – so finding the right menu is part of the agenda.
When it comes to the range of functions, ColtOS is right at the forefront: two launchers and many Google apps are included in the delivery. On the other hand, the custom ROM seems a bit overloaded – searching is the order of the day. If you have the necessary patience, ColtOS is a hot candidate.
crDroid – a secret favorite, not only for Xiaomi owners
The surface of crDroid is very reminiscent of the Pixel Launcher, but without Google’s typical functions.
to the pixel layout; The Google search bar and the temperature display are omitted in the delivery state. Nevertheless, everything you need is on board – including the Google Play Store and Chrome browser. The configuration options have remained optically unchanged for years. You will find them distributed over a total of nine tabs, some of which are several pages long. Finding the desired point is made easier thanks to the integrated search.
According to the website, a total of 77 devices are officially supported. crDroid 6, which is based on Android 10, is available for all devices. The focus of the implementation is on models from the manufacturer Xiaomi.
crDroid offers a stable implementation of Android 10 with many configuration options – certainly an interesting choice, especially for owners of Xiaomi devices. But also for many other smartphones – from the Nexus 5 to the Motorola Moto G5 – many, even older, devices are supported.
Havoc-OS – new star in the custom ROM sky?
Havoc-OS’s interface is heavily based on the Pixel Launcher. The central Google programs are already integrated into the custom ROM.
Could become a new favorite
develop. According to the project website, the custom ROM, which is available for over 120 devices, was downloaded more than 35,000 times within a week.
The popularity of Havoc OS is quickly explained if you take a look at the “Configuration Center”. The setting options leave nothing to be desired, the arrangement of the menu items is well thought out. The start screen of the custom ROM is based on the Pixel Launcher and is based on AOSP.
For everyone who can’t find what they are looking for at BlissRom and ColtOS and who want to get the most out of their smartphone, Havoc-OS may be the solution. The custom ROM is definitely worth a first and second look – and one of our personal favorites!
Evolution X – Havoc-OS hot on the heels
The developers of the custom ROM Evolution X advertise your product with a design based on the Pixel Launcher and regularly available security updates.
The download numbers for
on Sourceforge are impressive with around 25,000 downloads per week. The custom ROM achieved this with the support of a total of 50 different end devices. The developers of Evolution X advertise your custom ROM as a real pixel feeling with many other configuration options. The surface is also very similar to the Pixel Launcher, the Google programs are supplied in a second zip file for installation.
The configuration options can be found in the settings under “The Evolver”, divided into a total of nine menu items. Unlike other custom ROMs, all menus are fully translated into German. Certainly, the search for the right menu in this custom ROM is announced one time or the other – but the search function will help you here.
Evolution X is part of the range of high-performance custom ROMs. If you are looking for a solution with many configuration options, Evolution X is also a good option.
The custom ROMs with an extensive range of functions have clearly gained the upper hand in the last year. In the end, however, it comes down to the quality of the implementation. This was consistently good and stable. If your smartphone is supported by several solutions, the design and the configuration options can be further decisive points. You don’t have to use the latter in the end either – with the basic settings of the custom ROM you can easily organize your everyday life.
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