Reader ROM Picks: MikFroyo for HTC EVO 4G

Reader ROM Picks is a regular series that showcases G&E readers’ favorite HTC EVO custom ROMs.

Evo-mikfroyo (1) This ROM pick was sent in by Gary.

Up until recently, all of the custom ROMs I have used on my HTC EVO 4G have been deodexed. One of the reasons developers deodex their ROMs is to make deeper customizations possible.

A dev at the xda-developers forum named aamikam created an odex ROM that can be customized, and it’s very fast and smooth. MikFroyo, as it’s called, is a “completely rebuilt HTC Sense ROM with [approximately] 99% of the packages completely optimized and recompiled”  by aamikam and is said to be “the fastest HTC Sense ROM you ever saw.”

This has been my daily driver for weeks now, and I cannot find any fault with it. Version 4.61 was just released about a week ago, but I was running v4.6 before that.

As installed, you’ll find the stock Sense look . . . then you can install one of many themes or just pick and choose what you want. I love having options to do what I want so easily.

Evo-mikfroyo (2) Evo-mikfroyo (3)

Here’s a list of some of things you’ll find in this ROM, as per the release notes:

  • 100% Odex for max data storage room and fast response
  • Using Stock Kernel (you can install any of your choice)
  • SD card speed fix
  • Zipalign on boot (adjusted to work with A2SD)
  • Tweaked system for better battery life and performance
  • A2SD Support
  • Stock skinned ROM (additional themes available here)
  • DSP Manager
  • Clock will auto remap based on what lock screen is used
  • Power widgets control, rotary lock screen, and 4-in-1 boot menu
  • Hotspot/USB tether hack
  • 16 max tabs in web browser  by default
  • Sprint/HTC bloatware is included but made uninstallable
  • Updated Busybox, Market, and Google Maps

One of the things I appreciate most about MikFroyo is the friendly support at his site.

Note: Over the weekend, aamikam released MikGinger, a new ROM based on a combination of the recent official Gingerbread ROM leak, the Desire Z port, and the Desire HD port of HTC Sense 2.1. You can find out more about this at XDA.

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