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Best custom ROM for MOTO X 2nd Generations

Moto X is the flagship device of the Motorola Company, which is launching new products to meet the desire of a smartphone which powerful feature but at a considerable rate. It was launched in September 2014. Moto X 2nd Generation comes with 5.2 inches super AMOLED touch screen which has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Moto X is powered by Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 processor coupled with 2 GB RAM with internal storage of 16/32 GB. 64 GB RAM is available in AT & T and T-Mobile carriers. The phone comes with an amazing rear camera of 13 MP with F/2.25 lens, dual flash, and can record 4K UHD videos, and front camera of 2 MP. Talking about the software, Moto X comes with Android v4.4.4 (KitKat) Firmware which has now been upgraded to Android v5.1 Lollipop. It is being planned to upgrade to v6.0 Marshmallow.

It has got other some features like waving our hand in front of the phone to silence an incoming call or alarm, Moto Voice adds to Google’s Voice Search, Active Display allows us to peek at new notifications without opening the phone. Moto X has got its power from 2300 mAh battery which gives the user moderate battery backup in standby mode as well as 3G mode.

Best Custom ROM for Moto X 2nd Gen

Moto X 2nd Gen Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
  • Decent camera
  • Innovative voice and gesture features.

Cons:

  • Only 16GB storage space available
  • No microSD card slot.

From time to time, latest featured phones are being developed, and Moto X device did grab the developer’s attention. Many developers also started developing latest custom ROM for customizing Moto X while some created their own custom ROMs which are being used by many people around the globe. Custom ROMs are mainly used because the stock firmware that is pre-installed in your device comes with restrictions and you can’t make full use of the device. For example, like you can’t apply themes or tweaks on stock ROM and if you are a newbie you may end up bricking your device. You can get all the tweaks from custom ROMs that are made for your Moto X. We have also listed some of the best custom ROMs which would help you to choose the best custom ROM for your phone.

 Warning:

Rooting your device or installing custom ROM may void the warranty of your device. It is recommended that you keep a backup of all your important data like contacts, apps, messages, photos, videos and important data so that in case anything wrong happens, you can restore your data.

Pre-Requisites:

  • Make sure that you have the exact device and variant.
  • Make sure that the device is rooted and having Custom Recovery installed.
  • Backup all your important data as you may lose data during this process.
  • Make sure you have backed the Stock ROM before flashing any custom ROM on your device.
  • Make sure that you have fully charged your device or it has 70% of the battery.
  • Make sure your device has a working and latest CWM or TWRP Recovery installed in it.

Best Custom ROMs for Moto X 2nd Generation:

1.     CM-13.0 nightly

After the LG G Pad and LG G3, the Moto X is another device to have received the official CyanogenMod 13 ROM. OnePlusOne also has received the same update so early.

It is based on Android v6.0 Marshmallow. The ROM ensures stability. It provides a large range of customizations and unlimited modifications. CM 13 gives you the freedom to overclock CPU, make a few tweaks and enhance the device’s performance.

 

CyanogenMod is a free, community built whose aim is to provide reliability of your device as compared to the stock Android pre-installed in it. CyanogenMod is based on AOSP with contributions from many people in the Android community. You don’t require to install any Google app in this ROM. It includes various hardware codes, which are being open-sourced slowly.

CyanogenMod is the most popular stable ROM in the Android OS, as it has lots of customization options which are bloat-free.

Features:

  • Fingerprint supported
  • Multi-Window enabled
  • New System UI and more Customization
  • Battery management
  • Software updates
  • Theme engine
  • Many more.

Bugs:

  • Nightly builds are not so bug-free

Installation Process:

Step 1. You require the latest TWRP build setup on your device.

Step 2. Unlock bootloader.

Step 3. Download and copy the CyanogenMod .zip file on your SD card.

Step 4. Boot to custom Recovery by pressing and holding Power + Volume Up + Home buttons together for a few seconds.

Step 5. Perform a Wipe Cache or Factory Reset and install pure nexus ROM .zip file from SD card

Step 6. After the installation is completed, reboot the phone.

Step 7. It will take 15-20 minutes in the booting process.

CyanogenMod 13 ROM (Android v6.0 Marshmallow)

2.    CyanogenMod 12.1

CyanogenMod is one of the best custom ROMs available in the Android community. They support most devices. This ROM is based on AOSP v5.1 Lollipop, and is loaded with features. Since the CyanogenMod supports hammerhead officially, you can download it directly from their website.

 

Features:

  • Live Display
  • LCD Density manager
  • Notification manager
  • Trebuchet launcher
  • Gesture anywhere
  • Battery management
  • Software updates
  • Many more.

Bugs:

  • Nightly builds are not so bug-free
  • AudioFX doesn’t work.

Installation Process:

Repeat the same steps as given above in CyanogenMod ROM 13

CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM (Android v5.1 Lollipop)

  1. CyanogenMod 12.0 ROM

CyanogenMod 12.0 ROM is based on Android v5.0.2 Lollipop. It includes useful features like Smart Lock, lock screen notifications, ambient display, etc.

 

The ROM is stable and can be used as a daily driver on most devices. The CM team also enhanced their features by keeping a close check on the new AIPS which is introduced by Google in Lollipop.

Features:

  • Smart lock
  • Lockscreen notifications
  • Ambient display
  • Personalization options
  • Status bar
  • Brightness control
  • Notification drawer
  • Privacy guard
  • Many more.

Bugs:

CyanogenMod 12.0 ROM (Android v5.0.2 Lollipop)

  1. SlimLP Alpha 0.91

SlimLP Alpha ROM is based on Android v5.0.2 Lollipop. This ROM is under development since its release, so you can expect some bugs or some features not working properly. You can download and install it either via OTA or manually.

SlimLP ROM is bloat-free, light-weighted package and contains the basic features as compared to CyanogenMod or Paranoid Android ROM.

Features:

  • Ambient display
  • Tap to Go
  • Improved face unlock system
  • Lockscreen notifications
  • Priority mode
  • Guest mode
  • Pin App feature (you can’t leave an app without entering a passcode)
  • Improved Quick settings
  • Overview settings
  • Many more.

Bugs:

  • Still under development.

The installation process is same.

SlimLP Alpha 0.91 ROM (Android v5.0.2 Lollipop)

5.    crDroid Lollipop

crDroid ROM focuses on enhancing the performance and reliability over stock firmware for your device, which is loaded with important and useful features.

Features:

  • ·        Navigation bar tweaks
  • ·        HeadsUP
  • ·        Animated rotation tile
  • ·         Quick unlock
  • ·        Custom lockscreen shortcuts
  • ·        PIN keypad shuffler
  • ·        Smart pull down
  • ·        Privacy guard from CyanogenMod
  • ·         Ambient display
  • ·        Advanced reboot menu
  • ·        Advanced keyboard features
  • ·        AudioFX from CyanogenMod
  • ·        Many more.

Bugs:

·        Still being tested.

Installation procedure:

It involves the same process.

[Note: Don’t restore your apps using Titanium Backup.]

crDroid ROM (Android v5.0 Lollipop)

 

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