Whether it be the aesthetic sense of their smartphones or their features, HTC truly surpasses all OEMs that manufacture Android devices. The Taiwanese company has always been acclaimed for it special attention to design and best in class build quality that really gives a feeling of luxury. The latest flagship from the company HTC One, is an exquisite example of how a high-end smartphones should look like.
The HTC One has become much popular in so little a time and is reported to the best selling HTC smartphone so far. If you are a proud owner of this handsome giant and are willing to take advantage of the open source nature of Android by trying some custom ROM, we have picked a bunch of good ROMs for your handset.
HTC One is a great phone indeed but you can enhance its features and boost the performance significantly by installing a custom ROM. Being an Android device owner has great advantage over other platforms as you are not forced to live with what your phone’s manufacturer offers. You can do things that those who use Windows Phone or iOS, for instance, can only dream of.
Any piece of development, whether it is a mod or ROM, is an outcome of hard work and therefore we do not think it proper to declare a certain ROM good and others bad. It’s an open market and what suits your requirement most is best for you. In a world that is “so various, so beautiful and so new” (to quote Matthew Arnold), it is quite natural that people’s tastes differ. So, if you like a custom ROM, others might not think it good.
That’s the reason that instead of saying that a particular ROM is the best, we decided to include a number of good ROMs. Being associated with Android development for so long, I am well aware of the things users want while searching for a ROM for their phone. The biggest concern of the owners of a smartphone with an HD or Full HD display is the battery-life and next to it comes the speed, performance, stability and options for customization. And, these are the measures our selection of ROMs for the HTC One is based on.
All Android devices come with Android system recovery but that cannot be used to install a custom ROM. Therefore, the first requirement to be able to install a 3rd party ROM, you need to root your device and install a custom recovery (CWM/TWRP) on it. Also, your HTC One should have unlocked bootloader. If you have not yet rooted your HTC One, you can do it now using our handy and detailed tutorial:
Developer: mike1986 (Donate)
Android Revolution HD is a very popular ROM that is available for a lot of Samsung, ASUS, Nexus and HTC devices. Well, I am unable to figure out the appropriateness of the word HD added it its name but I am pretty sure that this ROM is one of the best options for you if you wish to install a custom ROM on your HTC One.
The Android Revolution HD ROM is based on the latest Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One that comes with some new features and improvements. Since it is based on HTC Sense 5 stock firmware, it lets you enjoy all the features of the phone without mixing any visual change. Mike has tweaked and optimized this ROM to extract most out of it powerful processor and best battery performance.
HTC’s Sense UI is one of the most beautiful user interfaces out there and if you have HTC One, I strongly recommend sticking to a ROM that has Sense and Android Revolution HD is definitely a deserving custom ROM. Give it a shot and you will love it!
Usually, Venom comes from Viper but in the case of the ViperOne ROM, it’s different! The group of developers behind it call themselves Team Venom. Anyway, we are not here to talk about real vipers and venom but a custom ROM that has the nectar of customization and performance intertwined.
ViperOne is a Sense based ROM that features the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Like most custom ROMs we have seen above, it is deodexed and zipaligned and features memory optimizations and system tweaks. Because it is installed via Aroma installer, it gives you the freedom to choose what to install and what not to. Besides, the ROM also supports custom themes. Among other features of the ROM include:
Developer: CM Team
CyanogenMod ROM does not require an introduction to any Android enthusiast. CM 11 came just after Google released Android 4.4 KitKat. The ROM is available for hundreds of Android devices and our HTC One is not an exception. Personally, I am a big fan of the Sense UI but whenever I feel to get a change of taste, CyanogenMod is the the first name to strike. While I write these lines, I am still enjoying CM 11. Though a stable release of the ROM is not yet available, the nightly version performs too well.
The ROM is light in size and fast in performance. The best thing about CM is that, it supports themes which can be downloaded from the Play Store. The screenshot we have used above, previews the Neon Colors theme from Google Play. To enjoy your device even better, we recommend using XposedFramework and modules like GravityBox and Unicon- Icon Themer.
Also See: How to Customize Google Home Launcher
Developer: slick_rick (Donate)
If you want a ROM with no Sense ROM and want to taste the original Android Vanilla with added flavors, what could be better than the ParanoidAndroid 4.0 ROM? It’s a pure blend of innovative features, simplicity and high performance. There was a time when PA was best known for its unique Hybrid engine that allow users to use their device in phone or tablet UI mode. Moreover, the ability to change colors of various UI elements and personalized DPI settings for individual apps takes customization to extra level.
With the introduction of PA 4, the ROM developers brought another feature called the PIE launcher with extended desktop mode support. It lets you launch a pie shape with various shortcuts and buttons at a swipe gesture from anywhere. It has just been a couple of months and the PA Team have come up with another innovative floating bubble notification system called Halo.