The top Custom ROM for Moto E
Moto E is an Android smartphone developed and manufactured by Motorola. Moto E XT1022 is an entry-level device that is intended to compete against feature phones by providing a durable, low-cost device for first-time smartphone owners or budget-minded consumers, with a particular emphasis on emerging markets.
The device was unveiled on May 13, 2014, and made available at online retailers in India and the United States the same day. The Moto E XT1022 boasts of pretty awesome features such as 1 GB of RAM and 5 MP camera and all this at just Rs. 7,000. Moto E has already got KitKat update along with Moto G and Moto X. With more than a million pieces already sold, many of the users would be tempted to remove the stock OS and replace it with some Custom ROM’s.
Tech Race is in no way responsible for the damage done to your device by following the steps provided. All the steps have been written to the best of the knowledge of the authors, and the Authors or Tech Race are in no way liable for the damage done to your phone.
Important Tips to consider before flashing any Custom ROM:
1. We highly recommend taking a Nandroid backup of your phone before starting any flashing process.
2. Make sure your device is charged at 75% capacity or more.
3. Backup Contacts, call records, SMS, etc to your google account using SMS Backup+ from Google Play.
Basic Steps for Flashing any Custom ROM to your Device:
Basically all Custom ROM’s follow the similar procedure for flashing. (If the procedure is different it will be listed specifically)
- Download the ROM zip
- Copy it on your SD Card
- Enter CWM Recovery ( by pressing volume up+ home key + power )
- Select “Wipe data/factory reset”
- Select “Wipe Cache partition”
- Select “Wipe Dalvik Cache”
- Select “Install Zip from SD Card” and choose the ROM zip file which you had downloaded.
- Wait till the process completes. After completion, your device will reboot and will optimize your apps. Note that it will take some time.
Lets start with the Custom ROMs available for flashing on Moto E XT1022.
1. CyanogenMOD 11
CyanogenMod is a free, community built, aftermarket firmware distribution of Android 4.4 ( Kitkat ), which is designed to increase performance and reliability over stock Android for your device. And it is no wonder that it is the most famous and most used Custom ROM on many phones. All the source code for CyanogenMod is available in the CyanogenMod Github repo and Device Tree for Condor is here Github repo.
This is the XDA Thread of the Custom ROM. The main advantage of CyanogenMod is that it has a great and an active developer community, this way it gets all the updates and bug-fixes sooner. After you have flashed the zip, the device will start updating its apps & packages after you turn it on and connect it to the Internet.
ParanoidAndroid is a Custom ROM which is working to improvise the current features of Android ROM’s by following the design philosophies that were used in Google’s AOSP. To view the features of Paranoid Android head over to the below link:
Paranoid Android website.
You can download the zip package from here: Paranoid Android ROM download link for Moto E
The above ROM does not contain the Google Apps package. You can download it from here: PA Google Apps flashable zip download link
crDroid is a Custom ROM based mostly upon CyanogenMod with inclusions of other great projects such as SlimKat, OmniRom, AOSPA, etc. crDroid is designed to increase performance and reliability over stock Android ROM for your device while also attempting to bringing many of the best features existent today. This is a lightweight ROM which makes efficient use of your RAM and conserves the battery power. Plus it has got some great features too.
- Power menu QS tile (simple press to go into power dialog or long press to go into reboot dialog);
- Power menu added in navring targets;
- Last app added in navring targets;
- Hide power menu from secure lockscreen;
- Incoming call in background with heads-up option;
- Navigation bar dimensions;
- Enable or disable navigation bar;
- Custom navbar recent long press (none, last app, screenshot, kill app, notifications panel, QS panel, power menu);
- Low battery warning options;
- Lockscreen PIN keypad shuffler;
- Lock before unlock (Show sliders before secure unlock);
- Notification force Expanded;
- Notification drawer custom background and transparency;
- Notifications row transparency;
- Custom clear all recent button (place it in any corner of the screen);
- RAM bar
and much more. You can follow the XDA Thread here.
You can download the ROM from here.
This is another great ROM based upon CyanogenMOD which features great customization leading to better performance of the system.
- Compiled with GCC 4.8 and Toolchain 4.7 with flags -O3
- NOVA Launcher
- CM File Manager
- Ultra Optimized with some patches frm some GitHubs
- Tweaks in system for better perfomacee
- Much better Multitasking (More Free RAM)
- Fixed some BUGS in Android java files
- The Best 2D flinging/animation
5. Carbon ROM
CarbonRom is an aftermarket firmware based on the Android Open Source Project. Even though Carbon keeps a very stock AOSP look overall, it is still packed with additional features that you can enable as you please. There are many of the features which cannot be covered here, but just take a look on the Official Carbon ROM website and check those out. Some of the features are:
- Carbon features are organized with Scrollable Tabs under their respective category.
- Customize colors of your Navigation bar.
- Swipe away all your recently used with just one press.
- Long-press the lock to turn on LED light.
Well it is not a Custom ROM per se, but MultiROM makes it easier for you to multi-boot Custom ROMs on your devices. That’s right folks! Now you easily multi-boot ROMs on your Android Device using this tool. Whats more? It can also boot linux distros such as Linux Touch or WebOS too. And yes! It can boot straight from an OTG cable too. Follow this article on XDA Thread.
So, how was your experience in flashing the above ROMs on your Moto E XT1022? Tell us what you liked (or hated) in the comments section below.