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Reader ROM Picks: Ultimate Droid for HTC EVO 4G

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

Evo-ultimate-droid (1) This ROM pick was sent in by Bradley White.

When it comes to custom roms for the HTC EVO 4G, there are many variations of those based on Sense. Many talented developers use the phone’s stock ROM as a base and then and add their own touches and tweaks to make it unique. When it comes to AOSP ROMs, however, Cyanogen set the standard that most others live by.

Most people turn to CyanogenMod 7 (CM7) for their AOSP needs, but there are some other fine alternatives out there too.

Ultimate Droid is one of them. It takes the best of CM7 and adds some other options that lets you customize the ROM without having to download and flash separate files.

Note: 3.1.1 was the most recent version when I wrote this for G&E a few weeks ago; the ROM is currently at version 3.2.5.

Ultimate Droid is based on Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) and has all the features you could want in a ROM. 4G is working. HDMI is working with the help of FullHDMI. You can send MMS messages over two seperate texts without it freezing (this was a bug in many AOSP roms for a while).

It also has a notification pull-down widget that lets you add “sub-widgets” for things like toggle WiFi, 4G, LED flashlight, Bluetooth, airplane mode, GPS, and many others. This widget can be scrolled to the right or left, so you aren’t limited to what will fit in your notification bar.

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Along with other AOSP roms, the Bluetooth stack in Ultimate Droid is fixed so that Wii controllers and other Bluetooth HID devices work properly.

Where this ROM really shines over other AOSP ROM, in my opinion, is that it has built-in fonts, apps, boot animations, and themes that you can change right from the ROM without downloading, booting into recovery, or having to flash different .zips. This lets you customize the ROM very easily. Another thing I like is that all the Google apps are built right in and you can choose to install whichever ones you want. With CM7, you have to flash them separately.

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All in all, Ultimate Droid gives you everything you already love about CM7 . . . and then some.


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

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Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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