Android is the most widely used and popular OS in the world. This is because of it being a FOSS (Free and Open Source) operating system for mobile phones. That means anyone can create a custom software for their smartphones or tablets using the Android sources. Thus there are numerous custom ROMs available for the users including LineageOS, Resurrection Remix, Paranoid Android, AOSP ports, and many more. Here we have collected a list of best custom ROMS for 2018.
The best custom ROMS have been selected based on the latest Android versions, support from the developers or device maintainers, stability, performance, speed, and much more. So if you are looking forward to flashing a custom ROM in 2018, then here is is the list of best custom ROMS based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
Flashing a custom ROM in combination of a custom Kernel can increase the performance, battery life, and speed of the device. You may also need to flash the latest Google Apps (Gapps) for Android 8.1 Oreo. If you are looking forward to rooting your Android phone, then flashing Magisk 16.3+ will solve it. If you are worried about the Uncertified device error by Google, then here is a solution. As these ROMs have been recently updated to Oreo, they may consist of some bugs. So downloading and installing the latest version of the Oreo builds will solve the problem.
1. Lineage OS 15.1 ROM
LineageOS has become the most popular custom ROMs in the Android community. It is the successor to the CyanogenMod, which was amongst the first custom ROMS available for a majority of Android phones. The Lineage OS is being updated to official Android 8.1 Oreo in gradually and the first Nightly builds are quite stable.
The first builds can be used as a daily driver. The Lineage ROMs are known for being light weight and free from bloatware. This leads to improved performance, speed, battery friendly, and smooth transition.
2. Resurrection Remix 6.0
Resurrection Remix has also been updated to Android 8.1 Oreo. Almost all the Android phones supported by the RR ROM have been updated to Oreo; via both official and unofficial builds. This bring the ROM to Resurrection Remix 6.0 version. RR ROMS have a good balance between the AOSP sources and the Lineage sources as well.
Some users may see bugs and freezes in the ROM with initial builds. However, the RR ROMS are regularly updated to newer builds which can solve a lot of problems. Also, the battery drain issue can be solved by flashing a custom Kernel such as the Franco Kernel.
3. Dirty Unicorn 12.1
Dirty Unicorn is similar to RR ROMS with some unique features on top. DU 12.1 is now up with a huge changelog and the latest Android 8.1 Oreo firmware update. It also features the April 2018 Security Patch. DU 12.1 has a big recent changelog and has fixed several bugs. Thus improving the stability of the ROM. Better SOT and performance are key features of the ROM.
You will also find a Launcher 3 which is similar to the Google Pixel Launcher with a revamped UX and a modern look.
4. CarbonROM 6.1 based on Oreo
The CarbonROM is a small community project with good support. The list of devices receiving the Android 8.1 Oreo CarbonROM 6.1 update is not long. Only a select few devices support the ROM officially. Although there are other unofficial builds of Carbon ROM by other developers. As the community is small, it is easier to get support from the developers and device maintainers.
In order to get the latest updates from the Carbon ROM community, visit their Google+ community. You will also get support there.
Download CarbonROM 6.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo from below:
- angler | Google Nexus 6P
- bacon | OnePlus One
- castor | Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
- castor_windy | Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet (WiFi only)
- cheeseburger | OnePlus 5
- dora | Sony Xperia X Performance
- kagura | Sony Xperia XZ
- kenzo | Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
- maple | Sony Xperia XZ Premium
- mata | Essentials Phone
- mido | Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
- oneplus2 | OnePlus 2
- oneplus3 | OnePlus 3 and 3T
- poplar | Sony Xperia XZ1
- shamu | Google Nexus 6
- sirius | Sony Xperia Z2
- taimen | Google Pixel 2 XL
- z3 | Sony Xperia Z3
- z3c | Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
5. Nitrogen OS based on Oreo
Nitrogen OS is another great custom ROM with good support and features. Nitrogen OS became the first ROMS to announce the official builds of Android 8.1 Oreo. Developers have been compiling the Nitrogen OS ROM sources from their Github page and bringing support to more and more Android phones. It is an alternative for the LineageOS and Resurrection Remix
You can find all the activities of Nitrogen OS ROM from the Google+ community.
More custom ROMS beings updated to Oreo
- Paranoid Android – This ROM is particularly popular due to individual level device support, features, and not to forget, the Pie control. The ROM will be updated to Android 8.1 Oreo soon.
- AOSiP ROM downloads – The AOSiP
- AOSP ROM port – This is a direct port of the latest AOSP sources to your Android device. It can be termed as a pure or stock Android experience. The ROM needs to be ported per device. You will find some builds on the XDA-Developers Forums.
- crDroid 4.1 Oreo – The ROM has a lot of potential.
Google has released a developer preview version of the upcoming Android P 9.0. The first preview is up and the stable version will be released in the upcoming months. So the custom ROMS will most definitely be updated to Android P 9.0.