X

Sign in

Sign in to confirm

Have you forgotten your password?

... or login with Facebook:

Don't have an AndroidPIT account yet? Sign up

Hands On: Cyanogen, AOKP, And MIUI Release Official Jelly Bean Builds

Eric McBride
18

 

If you happen to have a rooted phone or tablet, today is your lucky day. Why you ask? Because CyanogenMod, AOKP, and MIUI are now all officially on the Jelly Bean bandwagon, and have all recently released their official Jelly Bean builds. That's right folks. Three of the most popular Android developers have hit us with what I like to call, “Da Bean”, all at the same time. Decisions decisions...With the development community in full swing for the transition to Jelly Bean, which ROM should you flash? What are the differences between them? Which devices are they available for? To help answer those questions, let’s break them down one by one and have a closer look at all 3 ROMS (video comparison included).

CyanogenMod

CyanogenMod is the Godfather of Android ROMS. In most cases, anytime you see an Android ROM for a popular phone or tablet, it’s most likely based on Cyanogens work. CyaonogenMod 10 nightlies were recently released, which is a Jelly Bean based ROM that’s available on the following devices (for now):

  • Samsung Galaxy S3 (US models)
  • Galaxy Nexus variants
  • Nexus S variants
  • Nexus 7 (having issues..I would wait)
  • Asus Transformer and Transformer Prime
  • Samsung Galaxy S variants (Vibrate, Captivate, International, and i9000b)
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100g
  • P3 and P5 tablets

(Insecure bootloader required!)

To flash this ROM, you will naturally require root access on your device. CyanogenMod ROMS are known for their performance, stability, and the additional features that you won’t find in stock AOSP ROMS. You can basically never go wrong flashing anything from the CyanogenMod team.

If you have one of the above devices and are interested to give CM10 a shot, you can download the ROMS here.

AOKP (Android Open Kang Project)

AOKP is another insanely popular ROM that focuses on performance, stability, speed, and customization. A section in the ROM called ROM Control allows you to customize the UI, navigation bar, lock screen, status bar, and so so so much more. I’m a big fan of AOKP, and find myself bouncing back and forth between CyanogenMod and AOKP often. The new Jelly Bean nightlies are available for the following devices (for now):

  • Galaxy Nexus
  • Nexus S
  • Nexus 7
  • Galaxy Tab 2
  • T-Mobile Galaxy S2
  • T-Mobile Galaxy S3

Again, you will require root access to use AOKP. If you have any of the listed devices and are interested in trying out this great ROM, you can download it here.

MIUI

This ROM, like most ROMS, is also based on Cyanogens work, but looks nothing like any Android ROM you have ever seen before. The Chinese developers completely overhauled the Android UI, which resulted in a hybrid Android with a dash of IOS and plenty of unique features to keep you coming back for more. It’s smooth, it’s different, and it’s very customizable. So far, MIUI Jelly Bean is available for the following devices (for now. For MIUI ICS, it’s available for many more devices):

  • Galaxy Nexus
  • Nexus S
  • Nexus 7

Again, root access is needed to use this ROM. If you own one of the devices above and want to try out MIUI Jelly Bean, you can download the ROM here.

Differences

So what are the differences between each ROM? That’s so hard to write and much easier to show, which is why I have put together the video below showing you a bit of each ROM on 3 different Galaxy Nexus devices (and on my Transformer Prime). For CM10 and AOKP, they very much look similar, but are very different in the way they offer customization options to the user. MIUI looks VERY different (in many ways like IOS), but naturally stays Android under the hood. If I had to recommend which one for you to try, I couldn’t. They are simply all 3 awesome awesome ROMS, and if you’re a crackflasher like me, I would highly suggest trying all 3 (I personally like AOKP due to the customization options. If you're new to Android, go with CM or AOKP, as MIUI might confuse you a bit at first).

Here is a video (sorry for the length. 4 devices in 15 min is hard to keep at just a few min) showing a bit of each ROM running on 3 Galaxy Nexus devices (and CM10 on my Transformer Prime. Youtube link here):

Conclusion:

Remember guys, these are nightly alpha builds, not milestone/stable releases. Things could be broke, and more features/devices will become available in the weeks to come. That being said, they all seem more than stable enough to use as a daily driver. 

Also, remember that's these aren't your only options, as Bugless Beast, Black Bean, and many other ROMS are also definetely worth checking out. There are SO many amazing devs out there, so don't ever be afraid to try out new ROMS. 

What do you guys think of the new JB releases? Have you had a chance to test any of these? Which do you prefer using?

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

P.S- And yeah I know...I have a crack on my Prime display :-(

P.S.S - Sorry for the mistake I made about Bugless Beast ROM having the weather lockscreen option. It doesn't contain those type of customization settings, and is more an AOSP Stock ROM without any bloat that's tweaked for performance. Also, credits to Jermaine151 from Rootzwiki for the awesome Black Bean Jelly Bean Kang I was running on the Prime. You can download that ROM here

Picture credits: knowyourmobile.com

Related Topics

Related Articles

Magazine / Hardware
12 6 days ago

How to buy a OnePlus One without an invitation

Magazine / Roms and Mods
9 2 weeks ago

CyanogenMod 11.0 M9 release: "knock off", bug fixes and more

Magazine / Hardware
19 4 days ago

Best Android phones of 2014: our top 10

Comments

Write new comment:
  • Ti Mo Aug 21, 2012 Link

    I wish there was a MIUI 4.1 version with app drawer....

    0
    0
  • Eric McBride Aug 21, 2012 Link

    Use Nova Launcher :-D

    But I know what you mean. I really NEED an app drawer.

    0
    0
  • Ti Mo Aug 21, 2012 Link

    Yeah but then I dont have the nice MIUI Launcher...

    0
    0
  • Eric McBride Aug 21, 2012 Link

    That's the problem :(

    0
    0
  • Donsaibot Aug 21, 2012 Link

    If you have a 10.1v you should definitely check this rom out. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1803593

    It's still experimental but everything but the front camera works and i use it everyday.

    0
    0
  • Eric McBride Aug 21, 2012 Link

    @Donsaibot - Thanks for sharing this!

    0
    0
  • chinu Aug 21, 2012 Link

    im w8ting for rom 4 note. ......

    0
    0
  • Ti Mo Aug 21, 2012 Link

    How about the battery life, eric? AOKP or Cyanogen?

    0
    0
  • Eric McBride Aug 21, 2012 Link

    @Ti Mo- A bit too early to tell, but it seems about the same on both.
    @Chinu - Hopefully soon!

    0
    0
  • Ti Mo Aug 21, 2012 Link

    One more thing.. Ive benn wondering.. Whats that swagger hat toggle thingy?

    0
    0
  • Eric McBride Aug 21, 2012 Link

    HAHA! I get asked that so many times in Germany :-D

    "Swag" is hard to explain..it's like your "coolness level" or how hip you are. If you say, "let me turn on my swag real quick" it's like saying "let me turn on my sexy awesomeness". LOL

    The button means nothing. It's just funny :-D So if you install AOKP, dont forget to turn your swag off at night. If you don't, you might wake up covered in women and with a pretty upset girlfriend ! LOL

    :-D

    0
    0
  • Ti Mo Aug 21, 2012 Link

    Dude I just lived in America for a year... Believe me, I know what Swag is... Thanks to all them cool ass white guys in the States swag is probably the word I hate the most haha

    And I can't turn ma swagg(its always two 'g's of you wanna be cool btw) off man, all them bitches just love me!

    0
    0
  • Ti Mo Aug 21, 2012 Link

    Money boy did his part for that too.. (you know him? Go to YouTube: money boy dreh den swag auf)

    0
    0
  • Eric McBride Aug 21, 2012 Link

    Hahahhahah! Your something else bro :-)

    0
    0
  • Timothy Aug 21, 2012 Link

    Nice post, thanks to this I am now running a new fantastic custom rom :-)

    0
    0
  • Eric McBride Aug 21, 2012 Link

    Glad you liked it Tim! Which ROM did you decide to go with?

    0
    0
  • User picture
    Philipp Dommermuth Aug 23, 2012 Link

    Herrlich

    0
    0
  • Eric McBride Aug 23, 2012 Link

    LOL

    Welcome Philipp :-D

    0
    0