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MOTO G, custom ROM = Yes or No?

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16th February 2014, 10:49 PM   |  #1  
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I have been using Custom Rom's for a while. But this is usually to bring a phone up to the latest possible Android version well after the manufacturer has stopped updating a device . I have been using Nexus devices so typically this is 18 months after a model is first introduced. Bit of a sore point with me coming from iPhones which get supported for much longer period. but I digress.

In the case of the Moto G. I question whether it is beneficial ATM to install a custom ROM? I have tried a couple, but have been quite disappointed up till now with reliability and performance.

So for now I have stayed with the standard Moto G Rom. Then tweaked it a little by doing the following.

1. Unlocked the phone
2. Rooted using TWRP (couldn't get CWM to work right)
3. Eliminated the Unlocked warning screen at start up :- http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2548530
4. Changed the 3G data to H, H+ format :- http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2600654
5. Installed Qualcomm-optimized bionic and dalvic from here :- http://forum.xda-developers.com/nexu...alvik-t2546120 (thanks @drfr )
6. Installed a new Faux123 Kernel, flcon_umts-faux123-kk-005u-signed.zip from here :- http://faux.romhost.me/falcon_umts/kk44/
7. From Play store installed the xposed installer
8. From Play Store added module Gravity box (KK)
9. From Play Store added module Ringer & Notification Volume
10. Installed the Apex launcher
11. From Play Store purchased Faux123 Kernel Enhancement Pro (couldn't find a free tool that worked!)

Result is a very stable ROM together with most of the little tweaks that I like to get from a Custom ROM. Plus everything works great. The current Antutu result is 19860.

So my general question, what is the advantage of using a Custom Rom, when for at the moment at least, the manufacturers ROM is fully up to date and with a few simple tweaks provides Custom Rom like appearance, together with great stability and performance?
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16th February 2014, 11:10 PM   |  #2  
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As far as I know, the stock rom has a lot of optimizations for the Moto G hardware. For instance, its based on F2FS which is something the GPE Moto G does not have going for it.

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17th February 2014, 01:29 AM   |  #3  
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That┤s exactly the way I see things too. Played around with custom ROMs for a while and then came back to stock + all the enhancements you mentioned. Just a note to the point 5 of your list. Optimized dalvik and bionic are already included in stock ROMs.
17th February 2014, 01:36 AM   |  #4  
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I have this way of thinking too. So just going through the steps 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 and 10. My phone is excellent.
17th February 2014, 03:48 AM   |  #5  
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That┤s exactly the way I see things too. Played around with custom ROMs for a while and then came back to stock + all the enhancements you mentioned. Just a note to the point 5 of your list. Optimized dalvik and bionic are already included in stock ROMs.

Thank you, I didn't know that, funny but I could swear that Antutu improved! I am still trying to decide if Point 6. Faux123 is really worth it. The 1.6gh/z over clocking is working and I am still getting two days of average use per charge. Can't decide either way really......
17th February 2014, 07:58 AM   |  #6  
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Same here, at this point, custom roms (non stock based) are non sense, since the stock is almost Aosp and updated as hell. Xposed is all you need.

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17th February 2014, 11:10 AM   |  #7  
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All you need is Xposed, Faux kernel and the optimized Dalvik :S


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17th February 2014, 12:06 PM   |  #8  
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Correct me if I am wrong but the stock roms from moto are equipped with the Qualcomm-optimized bionic and dalvik patches, aren't they?
If not where can I find this patches?
17th February 2014, 12:18 PM   |  #9  
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Correct me if I am wrong but the stock roms from moto are equipped with the Qualcomm-optimized bionic and dalvik patches, aren't they?
If not where can I find this patches?

1. http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...&postcount=430
2. http://forum.xda-developers.com/nexu...alvik-t2546120
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17th February 2014, 12:23 PM   |  #10  
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Great antutu result. Mostly due to the overclock. CM based roms doesnt have working overclock yet.

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