Right from the start, Robin was designed as phone for the Android enthusiast. Whether that meant you wanted to use a different launcher, or install a custom ROM, we gave you the freedom to do so without strings attached. Our bootloader is easily unlockable and we offer a one-year warranty that covers software-bricked devices.
The dev community's response has been overwhelming. There are so many great custom ROMs to call out. First, Steve Kondik, Cyanogen himself, brought up CM13 on Robin, and since then, several others have popped up including (in alphabetical order):
CyanogenMod 13 (CM13)
Haven’t tried a custom ROM? Here are some reasons to take the plunge:
#1 Customization - This is by far the best reason to try any of these ROMs. Here are example of things you can do on Paranoid Android, PACROM, and Ressurection Remix, that you can’t do on stock Android and NextbitOS.
Paranoid Android’s Immersive Mode: Think your Robin could use some extra real estate? Try Immersive mode on Paranoid Android. It allows you to hide the status bar and navigation menu so that you can use extra space on your homescreens. More screen is a beautiful thing!
PACROM’s Status Bar Mods: Ever wanted to dim the brightness by just swiping across the screen, or control which icons appeared in the status bar? Well now you can. With PACROM, you can easily customize the settings so that your status bar looks, and feels unique.
You can even change the date and time location and content. Here, I've added the day and month, and moved things over to the left side.
ResurrectionRemix’s App Circle: This is a great way to launch apps quickly and multitask with ease. You can customize the gesture and where the app circle launches, as well as add specific apps you want to appear in the circle. When you enable the app circle, you can swipe and tap to launch your favorite app and keep your homescreen clean.
#2 Performance - The best thing about custom ROMs is that some developers create specific software to tweak the performance of ROM. Sometimes, they use apps to allow you to tinker yourself and scale back performance for battery saving qualities, or push your phone to the max so that you get a faster experience. One example is deadman’s Deathly kernel from our community that allows for added functionality that reduces the brightness of the LCD screen further than stock.
# 3 Having the latest security patches and Android builds - Many of the developers we work with have access to the latest code and patches from Google from Nexus devices and implement them into their own ROM to give you the security that you’re looking for. Some OEMs are slow to update their devices to the latest Android OS, for the sake of quality and stability, but you can rely on the development community to work very quickly.
Before attempting any flashing of custom ROMs, it’s important to unlock your bootloader, and make a backup of your data just in case. Also, using a custom ROM will bump you OFF the OTA train (so no OTAs for you). If you have any questions on how to do this, hit us up in our community! Well, what are you waiting for, it’s really easy to try and flash a ROM! Of course, you’ll lose our Smart Storage feature #sadface, but there are features that might be really enticing for you to try. Huge thanks to our dev community - their response has been amazing!
NOTE: Currently, many of the developers our team is working with are already working on a N ROM. So you can try these in the meantime, and prepare for a sweet Nougat-ey future soon.
For more information, and a list of available ROMs, visit: