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The lads at the Android Open Kang Project have been busy expanding the 4.2 version of their custom ROM, thankfully expanding on the three officially supported devices in the initial release. For Build 2, all four major US variants of the Galaxy S III are supported (but not the international version), as well as the Nexus 7 3G, and the Nexus 10 for good measure. Flash-ready ROM files are available on the AOKP website for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 WiFi as well.

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In addition to basic bugfixes, the AOKP team has added a bunch of customization options to the statusbar, lockscreen, and navigation bar, bringing back a fair amount of the settings found in older releases (though sadly there's no option for the now-outdated tablet UI). There's also a significant bug for the Galaxy S III: WiFi tethering isn't working, so if you depend on this feature, you may want to hold off for a later release.

The developers recommend a full wipe, and as always with this family of ROMs, you'll need to download and flash Gapps.

New features

  • General UI
    • Boot animation picker enhancements
    • Colorable clock views/widgets
  • Lockscreen
    • Option to hide initial page hints
    • Start lockscreen with minimized challenge
    • Longpress on minimized challenge to unlock
    • Carousel animation
  • Navigation Bar
    • Colorable NavBar background
    • Recents menu opens with lightning speed
  • Statusbar
    • Alternative signal layout (GB-style)
    • New toggle: Sound state (ring/vib/silent)
    • Mobile technology indicator reflects internet connection status
  • Camera
    • Powerkey shutter
  • Phone

AOKP - JB-MR1 Build 2

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.
  • Kcls

    Meh, I'll stick with ParanoidAndroid. After per app colors and dpi, and now with Pie controls, there's really no going back.

    • Todd

      I love me some PA Pie. My favorite part is the hybrid engine and per app coloring. All the other tweaks will probably come as the team starts cherry picking some more features.

      • Kcls

        Yeah they said once everything gets super stable they'll be adding some popular CM commits.

        • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

          hope so, I tried it mainly for the pie but missed basic cm features like status bar brightness and some quick settings options.

    • http://twitter.com/Fysi Richard Ashton

      Yea, I was about to ask whether it was worth going to AOKP from Paranoid, and you answered my question XD

  • Collin Apodac

    Glad to see they are releasing it but I'm at the point where I'm over hacked up AOSP builds. It was fun in the D1 days where there was TONS of development and it was stable. It seems it has now turned into a science project with half working data and cosntant wonkyness. stock touchwiz builds with some bloat removed for the S3 = win.

    • Itchy_Robot

      I would like to root and install one of the roms on my Verizon S3, but everytime I read the 'whats wrong' notes, there are major issues unresolved.

  • makten

    can someone please educate me on this two; AOKP and CM.. which one is better and why?


      AOKP is very similar to CM but with a lot more customization and tweaks but less devices supported. I actually prefer it over CM due to the amount of tweaks.

      • Makten

        Does that mean aokp is better in terms of performance?.. I have a nexus s running cm 10.1 but my phone kind of becomes very slow.. any suggestions in terms of roms?... thanx in advance

        • TOMMMMMM

          I don't think performance should be that much different. CM and AOKP will be using different kernels so that could affect performance, to what extent, I'm not sure. But they most likely will run the same, try it out.

          • makten

            thanx for the headup man.. ;)

        • Tee

          AOKP runs also on Cyano kernels, I think. With the original SGS, AOKP is well worth using, over CM.

      • Abhisshack D

        Totally Agree with you , try AOKP Based Resurrection Remix JB 3.1.4 it has even few more useful tweaks than Original AOKP

  • lordmerovingian

    This article is pretty terrible in that it doesn't mention that the Sprint version, d2spr, is NOT supported.

    "For Build 2, all four major US variants of the Galaxy S III are supported.."

    Err, no, all four major variants, Verizon/Sprint/T-Mobile/AT&T are supported, EXCEPT Sprint.

    • wolfkabal


      New devices (scroll down to see the full list!)
      d2att - Galaxy S3 (AT&T)
      d2tmo - Galaxy S3 (T-Mobile)
      d2usc - Galaxy S3 (US Cellular)
      d2vzw - Galaxy S3 (Verizon)
      manta – Nexus 10
      tilapia – Nexus 7 (GSM)

      Since when is US Cellular a major US variant?

      • Gabriel Forgie

        I guess since one of the major devs specifically builds for d2usc. Wording could've been better.

  • thatsnotme

    Still sticking with CleanROM. Every time I've tried CM or one of the variants for the SGIII, I've been sorely disappointed by the battery life. I also tend to miss the gesture, motion, and additional NFC support that Touchwiz provides. TW sucks in most regards but Samsung did a couple of things right.

  • urbanpitch

    really want this for my Galaxy SII, but Resurrection Remix has it integrated Kang customisation and it works beautifully. Sadly, Wifi Tethering is buggered, but Bluetooth tethering is available. I fairly certain that this AOKP Build 2 is able to tether but ONLY via Bluetooth.

  • SoWhy

    Want it for my SGS3, unfortunately I have the international version

  • http://twitter.com/Gleezbo Gleezbo

    Ha! Datz my wallpaper!

  • Benmartin1974

    Id' been thinking of ordering a Samsung Galaxy S III for a while. I read dozens of reviews and this one was great http://search4reviews.net/ , I received my package last week and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure