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[Q] Can I install any ROM on any device?

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By mlatelcom, Junior Member on 20th January 2014, 09:13 PM
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Hello all,
This may be a stupid question but I'm not very clear on it. I have an HTC Inspire 4G rooted and with a custom ROM and its android version is 2.3.5. I recently bought another phone that comes with android 4.2. I'm wondering if I can install a 4.x android version based ROM on the HTC Inspire since they have same level processors and the Inspire has even more ram. So far I've seen smartphones as small computers; but in the clockworldmod site there is no ROM above android 2.3.5 to download. Besides the drivers that come with those ROMs is there something else stopping this device to support newer ROMs?
 
 
20th January 2014, 09:41 PM |#2  
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in the clockworldmod site there is no ROM above android 2.3.5 to download

sorry, I meant for HTC Inspire.
21st January 2014, 11:59 AM |#3  
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it takes too much to answer specifically, but here's the simple answer:
the answer is no, you can't.
the OS is different, and even the phone, too.
21st January 2014, 08:08 PM |#4  
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it takes too much to answer specifically, but here's the simple answer:
the answer is no, you can't.
the OS is different, and even the phone, too.

thank you!
so the short answer is NO...can somebody tell me the long answer if possible?
22nd January 2014, 07:11 AM |#5  
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Long answer is simple. You flash a rom built for another board and you will most likely be using your phone as a paper weight! Each device had its own motherboard if you will. Each with its own framework designed specifically for that board. You flashing a rom built for a different board is like mixing oil and vinegar

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Long answer is simple. You flash a rom built for another board and you will most likely be using your phone as a paper weight! Each device had its own motherboard if you will. Each with its own framework designed specifically for that board. You flashing a rom built for a different board is like mixing oil and vinegar

Got it...I tought Android ROMs where like a PC operating system which just download and/or install the drivers needed (if they exist for this OS) depending on the computer hardware.Maybe in the future they will
22nd January 2014, 11:14 AM |#7  
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You should find Android 4 custom ROMs in the device forum.

Just check it out, maybe you find something for your device:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/inspire-4g/development
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