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There's a lot of great things about custom ROMs, but one of the pitfalls is that you need to manually check for updates and install them. Those of you running the popular AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) family of ROMs will definitely want to check out Kangerator, a new app designed to compliment everyone's favorite unicorn-powered Android build. The brand new release is available from the Google Play Store now, free of charge.

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In addition to updates and links to the latest official AOKP builds, the app includes an auto update check feature, which can be set for daily or boot checks. Downloads can be set for the AndroidTransfer or Goo.IM servers, if you've got a preference. Additional features like a download path can be unlocked via a reasonable $2 in-app purchase, and ads (the revenue goes directly to the AOKP team) can be disabled in the settings.

There's just one thing missing: a Google Apps download. I use AOKP on both my smartphone and tablet, so developer, consider this your first feature request.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://twitter.com/alxalejandro393 Alex Esparza-Sandy

    This I'm loving!

  • Tee

    Does anyone know why the AOKP-logo looks like My Little Pony? Why on earth is the unicorn pink?

    Wonderful project, though.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      It's not just pink. It's pink with rainbows.

      • vs8

        That's why I can't get this project seriously.

    • John

      Maybe the main author's doing it as a tribute to his daughter who's favorite toy/thing is a pink unicorn? Are you so 'manly' that you can't have a pink unicorn on your phone?

      • Razed

        I'm in some serious love with that unicorn. I actually pondered getting a tatoo the other day. I'm not going to but there's just something about it that speaks to me. Anyway it's a pretty awesomesauce ROM.

    • Ankhwatcher


    • Scott Beaudry

      http://imgur.com/a/rzWEA#0 Rule 85, no exceptions.

  • Ian Huey

    I like the harder looking black icon... perhaps gunmetal would look nice too

  • cowgar

    basically a polluted Cyanogenmod (which takes all the credit - the guys there are incredible! OTA already in) with features you'll likely not need (not saying they're useless) that runs on 1/10th of devices the CM runs...made for the insane idea of milking the cash cow... only with the gay pink unicorn instead of the 'beef stuff'

    upps, I said it
    and now go and download gazillion other less or more (codename Android) gay ROMs out there, because - well, you can, can't you?

    so why not have 40-50 different ROMs on one device instead of fully functional 1? because their dick (or ego?) is bigger than yours, so stfu!

    • Tíghearnán Carroll

      It seems like you're missing the point of ROMing entirely.

      • fixxmyhead

        whats the point?
        it seriously gets boring after a while

        • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

          Then stop doing it and go back to stock. Nobody is forcing you to use ROMs.

          Some of us get excited by doing new things with technology, and that's why we ROM. Sometimes it IS a pain to stay up-to-date, but we knew that going into it. If you didn't know that going into it, then you didn't research enough before you jumped into the ROM scene.

          • fixxmyhead

            uhmmm i did stop. best to stick with a stable skinned rom with tweaks where everything works. i serioulsy dont know what people get excited for especially in the nightlies. just some bug fixes and people get all wet. "ermmagerd a new nightly time to flash" theres no point if there just gonna have a new one the next day. idk maybe ur a kid but i dont want to waste time updating roms everyday for a couple of bug fixes. at the end of the day its a phone and a stable fully working rom will do

          • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

            I agree completely with your statement about nightlies. I usually flash a new ROM (or new nightly) roughly every weekend, because I also don't want to waste all that time daily. But I also have a Galaxy Nexus. So most of those AREN'T bug fixes, because I generally stick to well established ROMs like CM and AOKP. And since the nexus is fully unlocked and all the source etc. is out there, there usually aren't many bugs.

            And for the record, no I'm not a kid, I'm a 27 year old man. I got into ROMs when I was working overnights as a help desk person at a hospital, and was doing nothing for 90% of my night. So I started messing with my phone. Nobody was going to call/text my cell from about midnight till I got out at 6:30, and I had nothing better to do with my time since I generally averaged 0-2 calls in my 10-hour shift. Now I have a "normal" 9-5 job, and have a little less time to do that kind of thing, but am still interested and stay involved.

      • Greyhame

        I think he's missing the point of Android entirely.. CHOICE.

        @cowgar:disqus No one is doubting how awesome the Cyanogenmod team is. And even those who didn't initially give credit (CNA) now do. People make stupid decisions everyday, a lot worse than their choice in ROMs (in which case there is no right or wrong answer to begin with)... not sure why you're getting worked up about them.

    • Chris Mckechnie

      How can a ROM be gay?

    • Heythere

      Yeah, come on, spread the hate! =)
      BTW: I love AOKP and when I once installed CM I missed them all. I even switched back to ICS rather than not having these features.

      • Heythere

        I mean the features... I was missing the features.

      • cowgar

        so why not join forces when these features are so 'essential'

        I'm pretty sure I can't live without LED notification illumination intensity switcher - I wonder why it's not built in CM10 - I guess that's why cyanogenmod sux

        oh, wait

    • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

      There are features that I use in AOKP that are not in CM, and there are features that I use in CM that are not in AOKP. So they are NOT the same ROM. Right now I'm using CM because of some of the things not available in AOKP. But AOKP has better nav bar customization, and I wish I had that.

      Did AOKP fork from CM? Yes, they acknowledge that even. Do they "steal" some ideas from CM (and other ROMs?) Yes. But again, they acknowledge it when they do, and give credit to the original developer. That's what ROM devs do, they use other people's ideas and implement them in different ways. They try to provide the most amount of features without too much clutter, and different devs do so in different ways.

      • Paul

        Agreed. Curious, what features in CM don't you see in AOKP? Last time I used CM9 it was so basic, had only a small handful of customizations, that AOKP's ROM control blew it out of the water. I haven't tried CM10 lately but may give it a shot if there's a feature in there that I'm not getting with AOKP JB on my i777

        • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

          CM9 I agree completely. I used AOKP over CM for ICS the whole time I had ICS. I've been going back and forth between the 2 of them with JB.

          Mostly it's just small things. The MMS popup (Which I know I can just move the APK over) is pretty sweet, the lock screen shortcuts are customizable (last time I checked, they weren't in AOKP, but that may have changed,) I use the custom brightness level for auto brightness, which also wasn't in AOKP last I checked, not sure if AOKP has quiet hours...

          mostly small things like that, but things that I use. CM9 definitely WAS lacking a lot of this stuff though. As I said though, I've gone back and forth between AOKP and CM10 a few times.

    • Paul

      ROM Control is why I like AOKP. ROM Control gives me a lot more customization options. CM7 used to be heavily customizable but when I started using CM9 and CM10 ROM's I realized how many features just hadn't been brought in yet. Then I tried AOKP and ROM Control blew my mind how much I can change and enhance my phone. I think CM9/CM10 has 1/3 the options and control. But AOKP has a strong CM background, uses their kernel, gives them praises, and even has donate links for the CM team. And despite what that one person said, I have yet to be forced to a donate page or option. Yes it's in there in the about section or something but you HAVE to go to it, it doesn't ever pop up or force you to it. And considering how good the ROM is, some of those guys deserve a little beer money, CM and his team as well.

  • xnadax

    I don't know anything about AOKP, but the logo is amazing!

  • http://twitter.com/brilongenecker Brian Longenecker

    I don't know, but I think cowgar is just jealous cause he can't rock the swagger. Just sayin'

  • http://www.facebook.com/j.c.sugrue James Sugrue

    After being a long time, loyal AOKP supporter, I have switched to Paranoid Android. The ironic unicorn fad is just so played out. It's like ninjas, pirates, chuck norris, bacon, pirates, pet rocks, bath salts, etc. I like the features that it adds, I like the dev team and the user base, but could this ROM be any douchier? I mean, come on, a swagger toggle? Where is the toggle that sprays Axe from the camera, bro?

    • Scott

      You're taking it to seriously dude. Just chill out and enjoy the ROM and its features.

      • http://www.davehenning.net/ DaveH

        Exactly.. I don't like all the things he mentioned, but honestly, the only time I see them now is during boot... and that can be turned off easily.

    • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

      Not using a ROM because you don't like their logo? It's cool. The rest of us can enjoy the extra features and simply install a new boot screen and wallpaper if we don't like the logo.

      Personally, I have no problem with the logo. Especially the black and white one. I think it's badass.

    • Mark

      First I thought it was dumb, but then I was talking to an iPhone user who thought he had 'swagger' was talking about clubs and ladies, etc. so I said, hey, does your phone have a Swagger mode? And it totally confused him with my Swagger toggle. You're taking the ROM too seriously, if 'swagger' and the 'pink unicorn' is there way of having fun and it encourages them to work on the project because their mind thinks its 'fun' then so be it. I get updates to my ROM every 2-3 days and their ROM Control is insane. It's why I switched from CM. CM7 was great but CM9 and CM10 is just too basic, not enough features and customization. AOKP fixes that and runs good.

    • Simon Belmont

      Haha, that's hilarious. What does the Swagger toggle do, I never noticed it? :D

      I have nothing against AOKP. They actually add a lot of nice features and, you know, you have the power to ignore the unicorns. :)

      • http://twitter.com/R4XKillaz313 PR0XiMA

        It dosen't really do anything, just makes the ROM feel cool.. O__^

    • 72goojman72

      most people use a rom for its features..Giving up a rom because of a pink unicorn is a little shallow if you ask me bro..get real...

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    I quit using AOKP the second I opened settings and had in your face donate links forced upon me. I have no problem with adding donate links to the about section but this implementation is ridiculous.

  • Paul

    I have AOKP on my i777 Galaxy S II but they have built in AOKP OTA (Over the Air) updates. It can detect and download AOKP updates for my phone automatically and any zips in the post-install folder will be run post update, thus I put my gapps zip file in there. But I don't think the i777 is 'officially' supported, a couple of (awesome) guys port AOKP and modify it for our phones and do updates every 3-5 days. I'm already on 4.1.2

  • Coleburns

    dont not install this whatever you do. messed up my phone. started getting com.android.phon the second i installed. so bleeding frustrating and i dont have a recent backup. couldnt even get into tibu to backup

    • 72goojman72

      learn how to flash you dummy!! this rom rocks!!

  • Shane Allen

    "There's just one thing missing: a Google Apps download. I use AOKP on both my smartphone and tablet, so developer, consider this your first feature request."

    I think GooManager will do the job for you: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.s0up.goomanager

  • Holly

    How do i get it off of my phone????