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    Pimp My ROM is not a custom ROM, rather, it's an installer-based script that let's you quickly and easily pick from dozens and dozens of tweaks, mods, apps, themes, and various features -- which it then adds to your current ROM. Before you get started you need to have a custom recovery image (Clockwork Mod is my favorite) and an unlocked bootloader, but other than that you can apply these "pimps" to virtually any ROM. To get started, download Pimp My ROM from XDA Developers and copy it to your device. Reboot into recovery, backup your current ROM, and flash Pimp My ROM. After that ...

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    ClockworkMod Recovery, generally shortened to "CWM", is one of the most popular custom recoveries for Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Originally developed by Koushik Dutta, or "Koush", CWM lets power users do all kinds of really powerful tasks that aren't included in the stock recovery on most devices. What are Images? No, we're not talking about pretty pictures that are worth a thousand words, in this context an "image" is essentially a self-contained operating system. Most of us are familiar with the "System" image, it's the part of Android that we use every day. There is also ...

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    ODEX and DEODEX are terms that are thrown around a lot when we're talking about Custom ROMs. Some ROMs are DEODEXED, others are not. What does that mean and why do we have them? If you haven't already watched the last couple episodes of Android Power User, you might want to. In those episodes we talk about the JIT Compiler, and the Dalvik Cache and Dalvik VM. If you've already watched those or have a solid understanding of them, let's dive right in! Android apps are stored in .APK files (that stands for "Android Package", in case you were wondering). Like we talked about, the files ...

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    If you're running the ROM that came on your phone you've probably seen at least one update come over-the-air (or OTA). These updates are built, tested, refined, packaged, and eventually pushed to your smartphone or tablet by the device's manufacturer. Sometimes updates come quickly, other times they can take forever -- or may not come along at all. Regardless, if you're running stock, you don't really have to do anything to get whatever updates may come. They just magically show up one day on your phone and give you the option of installing them. People who run custom ROMs, however, aren't ...

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