If you are intimately associated with the tweaking and improving your Android smartphone performance, then you might have heard about the ROM’s. ROM is nothing but the Android Software, which is installed in the smartphone. There are two types of ROM’s available for use. The first one is Stock ROM, and other is Custom ROM. The Stock ROM is a preinstalled ROM by the device manufacturer, and Custom ROM is one that is modified by Android developer.
The Stock ROM is based on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project), the device manufacturers change it according to the needs and Custom ROM is the one which is developed by third party developer to install it in any smartphone. One of the popular Custom ROM’s is CyanogenMod ROM. The CyanogenMod ROM is one of the best Android-based Custom ROM. The CyanogenMod is a fierce competitor for Stock Android ROM’s because of increased popularity and more features. In this post, we are sharing the differences between the Stock Android ROM and CyanogenMod ROM.
What is Stock Android?
Stock Android is a default Android version which comes preinstalled in the smartphone. Most of the times, device manufacturers modify the look and add some additional features to the Pure Stock Android distributed by Google. The manufacturers change the Android version according to their needs and change the look and UI. The Pure Stock Android is an unedited and original version of Android OS launched by Google. Every other Stock ROM and Custom ROM is based on the Pure Stock Android. The Pure Stock Android is little different from the Stock ROM’s developed by device manufacturers. Below are some of the interesting features of the Stock Android.
PURE Android Experience
The PURE Stock Android comes with PURE Android UI. It is fluid, smooth like butter and lag-free. You can check out the Stock Android Experience in the Nexus series smartphones. If we talk about the Stock ROM’s on the different device manufacturers, then they might have added their own UI. Many famous smartphone manufacturers have their proprietary UI in stock Android, like HTC’s Sense UI, Samsung’s TouchWhiz UI and Xiaomi’s MIUI, etc.
The Stock Android is friendly for your device warranty. Using the Stock Android doesn’t void the warranty of your device. As the device manufacturer installs the Stock Android, you are safe with the warranty of your smartphone.
As Google developed the original Stock Android and modified by your smartphone manufacturer, they are much more secure than Custom ROM’s. The Stock ROm’s doesn’t come with malicious apps that can harm your smartphone and steal your precious data.
What is CyanogenMod ROM?
The CyanogenMod ROM is a custom ROM for smartphones, which is based on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project). The AOSP Stock ROM is modified by the Cyanogen team and then distributed online. The CyanogenMod team consists of some core developer and some freelance Android developers from all over the globe. The CyanogenMod team and worldwide developers create a custom ROM based on AOSP Stock ROM Cyanogen’s framework.
Many Developers and Nerds prefer using CyanogenMod custom ROM on the Android smartphone than using Stock ROM, which is installed by manufacturer. Here are some of the features of CyanogenMod ROM, which will justify the preference of Nerds and Developers.
For those who don’t know what is Root or Rooting. It is the process to remove the lock on the device’s Bootloader and system, which will enable the user to access the core features of the smartphone. Without Root access, one cannot install it in smartphone So, many times, after installing any other Custom ROM, Android users lose Root access. But, this will not happen with CyanogenMod because it is Pre-rooted ROM and contains SuperUser app and Binaries.
The CyanogenMod is highly customizable ROM. You can customize the icons, style, Apps arrangement and the entire look of the ROM. The CyanogenMod ROM comes with “CyanogenMod Theme Engine”, which apps users to install any theme, which is compatible with theme engine.
If you own an official device listed by Cyanogen team, then you’ll get regular OTA updates. The Cyanogen team keeps developing the ROM for official devices, so there are high chances that you’ll get an immediate update on any bug found in the ROM. Even, after the launch of new version of Android, you can receive Nightly Update.
Difference between Stock ROM and CyanogenMod- Conclusion
So, these were some of the features and differences between Stock ROM and CyanogenMod ROM. Both the ROM’s are excellent. But, if you got a smartphone, on which your OEM added his twist to the software, then I’d like to recommend you to move on to the CyanogenMod version available for your smartphone.