List of custom Android distributions

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This is a list of aftermarket Android distributions (custom firmware, custom ROM) that have received independent coverage in notable Android-related sources. The list may include distributions that come preinstalled on a device (stock ROM) or modifications of them. Only official builds are listed.

Table of ROMs[edit]

Name Developer Development status Last updated on Open source?[a] Latest release Android version Year started Supported devices Notes
AliOS Alibaba Cloud Active 2018
Kernel only
2.0 2011 A forked but incompatible version of Android [1]
AOKP Team Kang Discontinued ?
Yes
Pie 9 2011 115[2] Based on LineageOS
Baidu Yi Baidu, Inc. Discontinued ?
Kernel only
Un­known Un­known 2011 Un­known Discontinued in March 2015
CalyxOS[3] Calyx Institute Active 2021
Yes
2.11.0[4] 11 2019[5] 12[6] Privacy focused. Google and Xiaomi Smartphones.
ColorOS OPPO Active 2020
Kernel only
11.2 11 2013 OPPO Android Smartphones
CopperheadOS Copperhead Security Active 2021
Kernel only
11.9.2 11[7] 2014 6[8] Security- and privacy-focused, no OS analytics by default, smartphones with preinstalled OS commercially available.
crDroid crDroid team Active 2021
Yes
7.10 11 2014[9] 83[10] Based on LineageOS.
CyanogenMod CyanogenMod Open-Source Community, Cyanogen Inc Discontinued 2016
Yes
14.1 Nightly 7.1.1 2009 571[11] CyanogenMod's official successor is LineageOS
DotOS[12][13] DotOS Team Active 2021
Yes
5.2 11 ? 58[14] Some DotOS versions include a custom implementation of the Android 12 monet engine, named "Monet Wannabe".
/e/ e Foundation Active 2020
Yes
0.18[15] 10[16] 2017 190[17] Privacy focused, smartphones with preinstalled OS commercially available. Forked from LineageOS. Formerly called "Eelo".
Emteria.OS emteria GmbH Active 2020
Kernel only[18]
1.2.34[19] 7.1 2017 Artista-IoT TFT Controller, ACME CM3-Panel, Raspberry Pi 3B, Raspberry Pi CM DevKit
EMUI Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Active 2019
Kernel only
11.0 10 2012 Huawei and Honor devices
Fire OS Amazon.com, Inc. Active May 2021
Partial[20]
7.3.1.9 9 2011 Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire TV, Fire Phone, Amazon Echo Centered on content consumption, heavy ties to Amazon's store and content.
Funtouch OS Vivo Active 2021
Kernel only
11 11 2013 Vivo devices
Flyme OS Meizu Technology Co., Ltd. Active 2019
Yes
8.0.0 9 2012 Official support for Meizu devices. Ported by the community to select ZTE and Huawei devices, OnePlus 2 and 3, HTC One M9, One M8 and M7 and other devices.
GrapheneOS[21] GrapheneOS team Active 2021
Yes
2021110617[22] 12[23] 2019[24] 10[25] Security and privacy focused. Lead developer worked on CopperheadOS until he left. Project renamed from "Android Hardening."[21][26]
Indus OS Team Indus OS Active ?
Kernel only
3.0 7 2015 80[27]
Kali NetHunter[28][29] Kali community member “BinkyBear” & Offensive Security Active 2021-09-14[30][31]
Yes
2021.3[30][31] 5.1.1

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11[29][32][33][34]

Un­known 32[29][32][33][34] Open Source Android penetration testing platform. NetHunter supports Wireless 802.11 frame injection, one-click MANA Evil Access Point setups, HID keyboard, as well as BadUSB MITM attacks – built upon Kali Linux distribution and toolsets.[28][29][35]
LeWa OS Lewa Technology Discontinued ?
Kernel only
OS 7 beta 5.1.1 2011
LineageOS LineageOS community Active 2021
Yes
18.1 11 2016 121[36] Officially the successor of CyanogenMod.
MIUI Xiaomi Corporation Active 2021
Partial
12.5 11 2010 Xiaomi devices
OmniROM OmniROM community Active 2020
Yes
11.0 11 2013 19[37]
One UI Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Active 2020
Kernel only
3.1.1 11 2019 Samsung Galaxy Smartphones and Tablets Succeeding Samsung Experience UX and TouchWiz
OriginOS Vivo Active 2020
Kernel only
Unknown 11 2020 Vivo smartphones
OxygenOS OnePlus Active 2020
Partial
11.0
11 2015 12[38] and unknown amount of ports Merged with HydrogenOS in 2018.[39]
Paranoid Android Paranoid Android Team Active 2020
Yes
Quartz 5[40] 10 2012[citation needed] 31[41] Based on CAF
Pixel Experience[42][43] Pixel Experience Team Active 2021
Yes
11.0 11[44] ? 112[44] Created to replicate the experience of Google's Pixel Phones
realmeUI realme Active 2021
Kernel only
2.0 11 2019 realme Android Smartphones
Replicant Denis Carikli, Paul Kocialkowski Active 2019
Yes
6.0 0003 6 2010 12[45] Based on LineageOS, removes or replaces proprietary components and anti-features
Resurrection Remix OS Resurrection Remix Team Active 2020
Yes
8.7.1 10 2012 74[46] Based on LineageOS[citation needed]
Shift OS SHIFT GmbH Active ?
Yes
SlimRoms SlimRoms Team Active 2018
Yes
7 7.1 2012 ~50
Smartisan OS Smartisan Active 2020
Partial
8.0 10 2012 15
  1. ^ Fully open source Android distributions may ship with proprietary drivers.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Devices". CyanogenMod. Archived from the original on 19 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
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  20. ^ "Source Code Notice". Amazon. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
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  37. ^ "OmniROM - Supported devices". www.omnirom.org. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  38. ^ "All OnePlus phones". www.gsmarena.com. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  39. ^ "OnePlus merging Oxygen OS and Hydrogen OS to improve updates". Android Authority. 2016-09-04. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
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  42. ^ "Google Pixel Experience ROM simplifies, will start focusing more on the basics". TalkAndroid. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
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