Last Updated: September 3rd, 2011

I'm curious to see what percentage of our readers who run custom ROMs are using AOSP (Android Open Source Project - something pretty close to vanilla Android, such as CyanogenMod), and what percentage are using something based on stock device ROMs. More specifically, I want to find out if people on certain manufacturers are more likely to go AOSP than others - in other words, is Blur/NinjaBlur pushing more people to AOSP than TouchWiz, or is there no difference?

CM7 sense miui

Left to right: AOSP (ex. CM7), Manufacturer's Stock (ex. HTC Sense), MIUI

So here's the deal: below you'll see the possible choices. The first part is the type of ROM you're running, and the second is what brand your device is. For example, if you're using an EVO and running CyanogenMod, you'll choose AOSP - HTC. If you're using an EVO and running a ROM that still uses Sense UI, you'll choose Stock - HTC.

I've also tossed in an option for MIUI. In my mind, MIUI is at least as different from AOSP as most manufacturer UIs. However, the device breakdown isn't as important here, as I'm guessing more people use AOSP and stock-based ROMs.

Sound off in the poll below and feel free to discuss in the comments.

Edit: Nexus One/Nexus S owners, please vote Stock.

What Type Of Custom ROM Are You Running?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • housry23

    I wish I was running AOSP, but until someone gets it done for the EVO 3D, I have to run Sense.

    • Phil Oakley

      Same but for my Sensation. I want CM7 and MIUI!

    • Chris Bailey

      same here, if cyanogen was working I think I would use that

    • Schubatis1

      Looks like CM7 is never going to make it to my Samsung Epic, so stock for now...

  • Drayon

    Maybe you have to reconcider your argument againt miui ;p

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I didn't see an argument against it - it's really just standing on its own here.

      • Joshua Banks

        The impression was given that the author did not have much faith in MIUI being near the top.

    • Poo Poo Kachoo

      He said that device breakdown for the MIUI option would not be as important because he assumed fewer people use it than AOSP or stock.

      58% of responders use AOSP, 29% use stock, and 13% use MIUI. This supports his assumption that fewer people use MIUI than either AOSP or stock.

      You're only misinterpreting MIUI as more significant than expected because all the devices are lumped into one group. If MIUI were split into 4 categories like the others it would look far less impressive.

  • http://www.blackgate.net/blog/ bblackmoor

    I do not see an option for what I use. I am using the "Brilliant Corners" ROM on a Viewsonic G tablet. I am very pleased with both.

  • Double

    I think CM is further away from AOSP than many stock roms. "/
    The stock roms mostly just look differently, while CM tries to keep looking AOSPish.
    Oh, and what if you have a Nexus phone?

  • J

    I'm "patiently" waiting for my replacement Droid X to get shipped from Verizon (the order was put in Friday afternoon as "next day" mail, its been 48hr+ and still no phone)...

    But... since I'm gonna have to re-install everything on it anyway... I've been wanting to try CM7 out on it, but kind of iffy since it's still in the nightly phase & there hasn't been an official stable release yet... I know initially there was some issue with sound and the camera & a couple other things.... but that's been awhile now... So does anyone here use it? Is it stable enough to use or should I just chill with the stock rom for awhile longer?

    • adryan

      Actually i used for a week or 2. it was pretty stable. It can easily be used as a daily driver for you. The camera and sound issues have been resolved.Well i kinda of take that back. ive never tried the camera without it but when you flash a new nightly there is a patch that you need to flash after flashing the new nightly which is solely for the camera and torch. But yeah its pretty stable overall i really liked it but i switched to miui cause l love the lockscreens

  • drrrrooooooooiiiiiiiid

    miui sucks, AOSP ftw

    • housry23

      MIUI is AOSP Bruh. Matter of fact it is based on CM7.

      • Aaron Gingrich

        Obviously they're all based on AOSP, brah. I said in the post I mean AOSP as in mostly vanilla Android.

      • drrrrooooooooiiiiiiiid

        looks like an i*hone so it=teh suckzors

  • http://OMGrant.com OMGrant

    Just today I switched back from MIUI to AOSP on Evo... If MIUI got 4G, well, back and forth

  • Zulqarnain

    I have darky on SGS, what should I select?

    • Aaron Gingrich

      If it still uses TouchWiz, then Stock - Samsung.

  • Dan

    Nexus is ASOP - Other isnt it? really there should be a Google Brand, because regardless of what manufacturer makes the handset, Google distro phones are as different as sense, motoblur etc. I have friends with touchwiz who picked up a Nexus S and wanted to know what the overlay was called because they liked it so much lol. I said it was called Vanilla and they asked when Samsung switched from Touchwiz to Vanilla. Generally I think the whole overlay thing confuses muggles.

  • skitchbeatz

    AOSP is so boring. so vanilla. I can maybe understand liking the launcher for simplicity but especially for custom roms that take out the bloat, manufacturer UIs are superior.

    • JaredFerdizzle

      I'd have to agree with that. TouchWiz is pretty close to AOSP Roms though. They feel similar if you use gingerbread launcher or something.

  • http://www.twitter.com/reducedsuccess MindStrider

    I was on various AOSP ROMs for a long time (HTC Desire), but I recently jumped to MIUI, in the form of MIUI-AU. There are little shortcuts I really like, such as the torch-on-lockscreen by holding Home, and the optional popup SMS-reply widget. I also think that MIUI is more polished in terms of animation and general attractiveness. In addition to which, you can theme it properly - the last time I used CM7 the theme engine wasn't there yet - and I get bored of the how things look way too easily! Finally - I'm a flashing junkie. Weekly updates are great news.

  • Letroy

    So.. every ROM is based on AOSP, and all of them modifed it extensively (CM7 too!). This vote doesn't make sense.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      If I'm wearing a shirt, the cut and color of it makes a difference. All shirts are not created equal, and not all Android ROMs are created equal.

  • Eric

    I wish I was using AOSP or MIUI. FOr some reason, they don't seem to function on my phone, no matter how clean the wipe. Stuck on stock based roms.

    • Rami

      What phone and maybe i could help?

  • jason

    Not sure how to answer. Running PROJECT V from EDT on my samsung vibrant but don't use touchwiz I use launcher pro.

  • ABTBenjamins

    Wow, im surprised to see so many people running stock on HTC. Maybe it will change once more people cast votes.

  • DJ Franchise

    i'm currently running miui revamped on a vibrant. i was running cm7, but had a lot of force closes. bionix from team whiskey worked well. at least then i was able to use gps and wifi calling without a hitch.

  • Driguez

    EVO 4G - MIUI
    Nexus S 4G - ASOP

  • XCellFoneSalesRep

    Using Multiple devices:

    -MIUI in neXus S
    -MIUI in Desire HD
    -CM7 in InFuSe
    -CM7 in Atrixxx

  • http://LiyoLabs.etsy.com Lem

    Darky Rom here on my Galaxy S

  • Marco

    I really love CM7 on my EVO but the Wi-Fi range sucks so I'm using Stock+ADWLauncher EX until it is fixed. If it ever is

  • rta

    cm7 nightlies nexus s with tmo (and launcher pro)

  • RMC

    Over a year old and still runs like a leading new toy! Lovin' my EVO 4G running AOSP Deck 1.2.1 with v2.3.4.

  • Qnowledge

    Droid X MIUI. I am the anti-apple type, so I use GoLauncher. The ability to change themes in MIUI is unmatched. I will never love another ROM.

  • terryhau

    "Nexus One/Nexus S owners, please vote Stock"

    I don't get it. Nexus One/Nexus S owners don't have to be running stock.

  • Jaime

    I'm running MIUI on the OG Dinc. While as much of an iPhone hater as the next Android fanboy, I have not replaced the launcher or anything and in fact love every aspect of the ROM. It gives Android a more elegant matching interface IMO. I was a long time lover of CM (Was using 6 and then 7) though.

  • Fleeing

    A possible reason for so many running AOSPs on HTC, is that, like myself, they have an 'older' but still relevant model (Desire anyone?), and by running another ROM avoid upgrading phones to have access to a newer Android version.
    It's not absolutely necessary to get a new phone every 6 months, just to enjoy the latest Android developments. Thanks to the tireless work of all AOSP devs.

    • BP

      + 1

      However what forced me to finally upgrade from the Desire was TINY internal memory. I just did not have any more space for apps despite A2SD & CyaogenMod.. Boo HTC!!

    • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio Roy Blumenthal

      Desire can't remain relevant or even useable on stock. I've cranked the hell into it to give it enough memory. MIUI.us with Go Launcher is superb. With Dark Tremor's version of a2sd taking care of memory.

  • http://galaxytabforums.net wicked

    MIUI on DROIDX for me.

  • AC

    CM7 RC1.5.2 on an HTC ThunderBolt. MR2 radio & dreamkernel 2.6.0.

  • BP

    Used CyanogenMod on my HTC Desire - the upgrade in performance & battery was amazing! Sense is just pure BLOAT. Still running stock Touchwiz on my SGS2 - nothing pushing me to a custom ROM yet. But I'll probably experiment once I get one cick root & a stable release of CyaogenMod.

  • Begz

    Running Oxygen (AOSP) on my HTC Desire. And Samsung GS2...

  • Tee

    Darky's on SGS..

  • jonjungle

    Criskelo V11 for Galaxy S2 w/ninphetamine 2.0.5 kernel

  • Franco

    I after nearly a year rooted my phone and tried 2 different roms,both had glitches and i was unhappy with them.

    I expected soo much from them but when it come down too it even though they was good overall i found a problem with each one and it made things more complicated for me when trying to use my phone.

    So i just went back too stock and wont use a rom again,the stock i have on my samsung is fine,with the new firmwares samsung are starting too get it right and things are smooth and simple too use.

  • L boogie

    CM7 nightlies on droid incredible running 2.6.7 incredikernel

  • http://www.hifx.net Mohan Thomas

    Galaxy S with Simplicity 0.31 2.3.4 JVR with Galaxian EE SP4 ! way to go..

  • JH

    I have a HTC Desire running stock (but have tested a few ROMs). But after getting screwed by HTC on the update I'm leaving HTC.
    Some custom ROMs are cool and all but IMHO it shouldn't be necessary to use a custom ROM to get the latest version, so my next phone will be from the Nexus linie with pure android.

  • Al Bandy

    S-OFF, Oxygen HBOOT r3, oxygen 2.2 on HTC Desire. AOSP rules!

  • Robert

    well i use a sense custom rom

  • dave

    Just a question...How is there a separate entry for miui and not cm?

    Well I'm running sense...until we get an aosp kernel for E3D

  • Rami

    Using a touchwiz rom (eclipse) for the DROID CHARGE. I am really to think i should have kept my thunderbolt. With Imoseyon kernel and a few other tweaks but mainly the kernel, i got the phone to easily last a whole day on 4G (detroit). for some reason, when i visited chicago, their 4g is very weird. the 4g their sucks through battery life but here i can run completely stock and my charge will go through a day with moderate-heavy usage. my thunderbolt could do the same or better. in chicago my charge usually died after 4 hours of standby. i get 2-3 bars in detroit and same in chicago. in chicago id go from 7 am- 3 pm then dead. detroit i can go 10am-12pm with some juice left. What is different with our 4g in detroit???

  • Alan

    I was running CM7 but decided to try the HTC Gingerbread ROM on my Desire. Seems to be a lot faster than Froyo but it's not the newest version of Sense

  • Col

    I've tried CM7 but honestly, I like some of the features built into samsung roms. Running Tornado JVR on i9000.

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio Roy Blumenthal

    I'm running MIUI.US on my HTC DESIRE. Using Go Launcher for theming. Looks and feels delicious to me.

    I abandoned CM7 for MIUI.

    On my Transformer, I'm still unrooted. Haven't properly investigated my options. But suspect that there are still no decent replacement ROMS for it.

    Definitely nervous about screwing with the docking functionality.

    Not entirely HAPPY with stock on the tablet. But can live with it for now. Unless there are better options?

  • zachary

    Is there a link that some one knows that explains all this because i am interested in doing this to my Samsung charge. Thanks!

  • carnegie0107

    Nexus One: C7 nightlies
    HTC Evo: MIUI, and loving it.

    Don't knock MIUI until you try it. It's lost of its iphonishness recently and it's highly customizable.

  • androidfrank

    I've flashed every type of rom I've seen, and keep coming back to miui. It really is amazing when it comes to theming. Every aspect of the phone can be changed with a few clicks and great interface.

    HTC evo 4g - miui

  • Pedro Cusidor

    I keep trying roms and loved sense 4.0 but MIUI ICS on the inspire ownes me... only wish gps worked flawlessly, which is the only reason i flash other roms these days 

  • John O’Connor

    I'm using Calkulins latest AOSP   E4GT ICS Rom v1.4 on my sgs2 e4gt

  • whattheheck

    CM10 - On a ** Infuse 4g ** (FU** samsung saying that this phone "Cannot handle the software going forward"") obviously your just cash hungry like apple dropping support on a phone that DOES "HANDLE IT"

  • wolverine

    HTC THUNDERBOLT with NuSenseRom_91412_Beta4 ICS

  • http://www.facebook.com/tristanblackirishscum.mccormick Tristan TheInfamous McCormick

    I'm running jbsourcery it's the best ROM far as customization on the gnex

  • someone755

    I didn't know HTC, Motorola or Samsung made AOSP ROMs...

    • Ziggy (PcK)

      They don't the polls is asking if you use aosp ROM on a HTC Samsung or Motorola

      • someone755

        Ah, so the question should have been; 'What kind of phone and ROM combo are you running?'