Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Mar 2012 21:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This past week and this weekend I've finally found the time to enter into the colorful world of custom Android ROMs. After figuring out just how insanely great and awesome ClockWorkMod Recovery is, I set about to figure out what the best Ice Cream Sandwich ROM is for the Galaxy SII. While the answer to that question became clear quite quickly, this answer also gave rise to a whole bunch of other questions.
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CyanogenMod is not pure-ICS either
by JokeyRhyme on Sun 18th Mar 2012 23:53 UTC
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Just to clarify, CyanogenMod is not a stock Android 4.0.x ROM. They make modifications in the same way that manufacturers like Samsung and HTC do.

The difference is they stopped modifying the look 'n' feel of Google's Android (not since CyanogenMod lost the custom rounded status bar that it had in its pre-Froyo editions).

The CM team add functionality: their launcher of choice is typically more configurable than Google's, for example. They also fix bugs that aren't fixed upstream (although they do submit patches upstream to Google).

It takes the CM team weeks and sometimes months to take Google's AOSP source code and determine what the next CM will add.

I am a massive CM fan, and I'm glad I'm not running stock Android. CM is sort of like an "Android+": Google's UI with just a few more wisely-chosen options thrown in.

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AnythingButVista Member since:

I agree. In fact CM is as bloated, if not more, than many manufacturer ROMs. Many will argue that CM's extra software is useful, but the truth is if you are looking to trim down the weight on your phone and actually have more storage space for software YOU really care about, them CM is not for you.

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phoenix Member since:

System storage is separate from user app storage in Android. Thus, it really doesn't matter how "bloated" the Android system install is, as it will not affect the amount of storage for user apps (/system vs. /data partitions).

And, there are various apps available in the Market (Play) that allow you to partition your SDCard and use it as extended storage space for user apps (Link2SD for Xperia devices, for instance). Using these apps is better than the generic "Move to SD"/"App2SD" that comes with Android, as the extra partition is mounted as part of the OS, meaning you don't lose access to your apps when you connect to a PC via USB. ;)

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