"Goto" ROM in 2021 without sluggishness

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my03

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Hi all,

as the title says, what would be the snappiest rom to use today (not necessarily the bleeding edge Android) that is still quite speedy to use on this unit, while not being ancient at the same time?

Difficult question, i know. I resurrected my own unit yesterday (new screen assembly, new battery, new USB pcb. It basically turned out as a brand new device :)) and i rooted it, increased the partition size and installed LineageOS 17 on it (tried 18 but had issues).

But would i be better off using Lineage/Android 9 or 8 here? From a snappy-ui perspective, but without going all old-school...?
 
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ivosousaa

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Hello,

I would also love to know this, I found mine after a couple of years, still working great!! And I would like to maybe update the system as it's still using the stock Android 6. Would it be beneficial to update it? And if so, to which version would you recommend?

Cheers.
 

my03

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While awaiting some nice pointers, i installed LineageOS17.1 + TWRP on mine, and also installed the ElementalX kernel (in order to bump up the cpu speed a notch + undervolt a bit). It surely did help quite much to reduce the sluggishness that it had when i used L.OS18, but its still not 100% perfect. Perhaps Android 8 or even 7 would be the perfect balance??
 

ratykat

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I'm also in the same position - I've been using Timur's as my Nexus is an indash install but it's so painfully slow if you try and do anything beyond play a song - Maps is near impossible.

Is LineageOS17 stable and quick enough for light usage these days?
 

my03

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Idk man. I finally went all the way down to Nougat (LineageOs14.1) to get it quite smooth (with ElementalX). And it is very fluent mostly, BUT...

If i leave the tablet for a whole day, i have severe issues getting the touch to recognize my fingers to start with (i have to press quite hard for it to register). As the CPU starts heating up (from using it), that sensation vanishes gradually and after a while (10 minutes or so, when i can feel the heat from the CPU from the back-cover) it actually is quite fluent. I have no clue why this is, i just know thats how it is.

I overlocked it to 1.7GHZ and undervolted it one step in elemental.
 

distortedloop

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I'll be following this one with interest. Didn't have high hopes for anything modern, but Lineage sounds nice. Nine year old hardware inside, that's ancient, isn't it. Mine's still all original inside and out, including OS, but I found it in a drawer the other day and it was such a perfect formfactor, size and weight perfect for holding in one hand for reading, etc.
 
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tehtrk

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Haha, a timely post for me, as well. Just today I got mine charged for use as a budget desktop "nest hub" now that I got a new Nest doorbell.

It's been a trip reviving this tablet... and seeing it sitting next to my pixel 6 pro, it amazes me to think of how android and these devices have evolved over the years.

I can't even remember what (if any) rom and/or kernel I have installed on it, but it appears to be rooted. If there's something out there that's at least as good as this marshmallow rom to breathe new life into this tablet, that would make my day!
 

Fox____

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Well, I find that for being such an old device, with LOS18.1 it is working almost flawless. The gyroscope isn't working properly, but with some apps (not root) it is still manageable.
It is still great to play videos and as a docking station. It is a bit slow, but far way better than all 2013 devices, I had almost no stutter with VLC (only once when started, it lost some frames but it was acceptable).

The main drawback I have is that there is no charging+otg, even with QI charge. It could be used as a very cheap and efficient network storage but nope :\
 

my03

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Bumping this thread a bit. I have two wifi units, one running 11 and the other running 6 and while android 6 is quicker, it lacks in the "support" department (i.e running some applications that requires newer software). The 11 unit on the other hand is sluggish as #¤#" (to be expected on such an old device). But as a middle-ground, are there any flavour of (say) Android 9.x that runs somewhat smooth on this device (maybe with some booster such as elementalx on-board)?
 

my03

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So i went and installed Lineageos 16 on the previous Android 6 tablet and it works decently well (its a little bit more sluggish of course). But then i remembered back in the day i was running the ElementalX kernel on some older version in order to overclock the CPU a bit and went looking for some current version of it.


I bought it on the playstore and tried it out (also tried to flash it beforehand) but it seems to stop its support at Android 8 :(

Next up, i bought the "setcpu for root" users (im running Magisk) but it just hangs and does nothing (unfortunately). Are there any "goto" ways to bump the cpu frequencey a tad bit nowadays with Android 9+ OS on this tablet?
 

contradude

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Lineage OS 18.1 latest + the LOS18.1 compatible anykernel3 flashable elememtalx + fstrim performed on system + data + cache and its reasonably snappy. If any older android device is running slowly, I always suspect emmc needing a trim personally. Did you let it sit overnight on a charger while powered on before deciding it was too slow (or run the fstrim batch file in cross to make sure you're clean)
 
Lineage OS 18.1 latest + the LOS18.1 compatible anykernel3 flashable elememtalx + fstrim performed on system + data + cache and its reasonably snappy. If any older android device is running slowly, I always suspect emmc needing a trim personally. Did you let it sit overnight on a charger while powered on before deciding it was too slow (or run the fstrim batch file in cross to make sure you're clean)
Which kernel is compatible with latest lineage 18.1?
 

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    Hi all,

    as the title says, what would be the snappiest rom to use today (not necessarily the bleeding edge Android) that is still quite speedy to use on this unit, while not being ancient at the same time?

    Difficult question, i know. I resurrected my own unit yesterday (new screen assembly, new battery, new USB pcb. It basically turned out as a brand new device :)) and i rooted it, increased the partition size and installed LineageOS 17 on it (tried 18 but had issues).

    But would i be better off using Lineage/Android 9 or 8 here? From a snappy-ui perspective, but without going all old-school...?
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    I'll be following this one with interest. Didn't have high hopes for anything modern, but Lineage sounds nice. Nine year old hardware inside, that's ancient, isn't it. Mine's still all original inside and out, including OS, but I found it in a drawer the other day and it was such a perfect formfactor, size and weight perfect for holding in one hand for reading, etc.