I've got to say, I wasn't expecting a huge difference in terms of speed / fluidity coming from MIUI since things already felt quick enough for me - but wow, there is a genuine noticeable difference. Apps launch faster, I can hold way more apps in memory, animations don't lag or stutter, things just feel responsive, everything is streamlined with just the right amount of customization. It's incredible what putting a lightweight ROM on a mid range phone does.
Stability and making sure everything is working is most important to me, and so far - I've yet to find anything that hasn't worked properly. VoLTE, WiFi Calling, Cameras, etc all work perfectly fine. I have not yet encountered any bugs or crashes.
Battery life is incredible, both my idle and active battery life seems great so far. Better yet, I'm actually receiving notifications very quickly compared to MIUI aggressively putting everything to sleep, while still getting better battery life!
The included camera is garbage, but that's fairly normal with the AOSP camera variants, so that's no big deal. I've tried quite a few GCAM ports and have compared the pictures and videos of all of them, and so far have found that Wichaya's GCAM works the best with this device / ROM. The quality is phenomenal for the back cameras, producing shots equal to or significantly better than MIUI camera most of the time. The selfie camera though, unfortunately, is a huge downgrade compared to MIUI camera. Lots of noise.
I think so far the only two things I've noticed is:
- The status bar feels a little tall for my taste, and I don't see a way to change it? It seems it's been adjusted so that it fully covers the front cameras circle with additional padding on top and bottom, but I'd prefer to have a look closer to MIUI where it doesn't have a ton of padding.
- I have also observed that my phone is charging at 15w if I'm to believe the charging stats included on the AOD. The charging still feels really quick, so it might just be a visual thing. I of course expect that charging slows down as the battery gets full, but even at low battery it still doesn't seem to go past 15w. I am using the original OEM charger.
I would highly recommend this ROM to anyone looking for a great stock android experience, with a load of great pixel features while retaining many useful customizations provided by crDroid and LineageOS.
My review and thoughts are based on a weeks worth of daily usage.
Thanks for the awesome ROM! It's greatly appreciated! Official status usually indicates a high level of quality as maintainer requirements have been met, and it shows so far.
To anyone using this rom + flamegapps full:
is voice match command (ok/hey google) working?
Mine not, i have activation option grayed out in google settings. Can't find a way to activate it, with or without Google Assistant installed.
Everything else working fine, including voice commands if i manually start them by mic icon in google.
I was a little concerned as I read your post before I actually got a chance to use the ROM, but I was pleasantly surprised to see it worked perfectly for me. I have no issues with voice match, and to my surprise even the secure voice match from lockscreen works (which is usually an issue with some ROMs).
I flashed FlameGApps-11.0-full-arm64-20211030.zip and FlameGApps-QRS-addon-GoogleSearch-Assistant-20211023.zip.
It might also be a good idea to make sure you pass Safetynet and that within Play Store -> Settings -> About your device shows as certified. Google disables some features if they detect a non secure system, and maybe voice match is one of those?
7.11 has the same issue as the lineage and pixel experience ROMs that are based on the OSS firmware where they charge the phone at 10 to 15 watts instead of 30, 7.10 charges at an average of 30 watts so that's my reason to suspect the firmware, or maybe it's the kernel? idk
BTW I'm not complaining I'm just reporting on what I see and I'm not very technical so it might be just a visual thing I'm not sure.
I used the Ampere app on the google play store and the charging speed status on the lock screen of crDroid to observe the charging speed.
I can confirm your observations, I see the same thing on my end. I'm unsure if it's just a visual issue such as when ROMs say "charging slowly" when in reality it's turbo charging, but even with 15w charging showing I still feel the device charges quite quickly. Definitely something that should be investigated and fixed, though.
I did a full flash of MIUI Global 22.214.171.124 (courbet_global_images_V126.96.36.199.RKQMIXM_20210918.0000.00_11.0_global_02669ffbf3.zip) before flashing this ROM, and have had no issues so far. Fingerprint reader, Cameras, Radios, etc all work perfectly fine which indicate that there appears to be no firmware incompatibilities between the vendor, modem, etc. compared to the latest Global MIUI and this ROM.