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Installing Custom Rom On Nexus One (1st Google Phone) April 18, 2014

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By:  Android Fan

If You Own A Nexus One Google Phone… Don’t just give it up yet.
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In my previous post I described about how I revived a piece of old but friendly 1st generation Android smartphone – the Nexus One, by rooting it.

After root, the Nexus One is more flexible to use as I could uninstall the bloatware to free up some internal storage. Also I was able to download a Kitkat based launcher as well as managed to upgrade the old Google Market (app store) to the latest Play Store.

But can this 1st gen Nexus go further than that? The answer is yes.
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The above 1st picture shows that among others, there’s this (lite) custom ROM for developed for the Nexus One. It is called StockMod v1.0
It is based on the Android 2.3.6 stock rom but tweaked it for optimization.
As I would like to test it out.

For easy installation of CWM Recovery and flashing custom rom, I downloaded the ROM Manager from Play Store. Besides that, I also downloaded the Link2SD app (for expanding Nexus One’s app storage).

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Using the Rom Manager, I flashed the CWM Recovery v.5.0.2.0 and checked the necessary system back up boxes.
Then I proceeded to choose one of the custom roms recommended by the Rom Manager (in this case, I chosen the StockMod v1.0) to install/flash.

The back up and installation of custom rom process went on smoothly using Rom Manager for this device (I.e. Nexus One) fortunately.

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When the installation was completed, it auto-reboot the phone and is Done! After the usual signed in of your Google account, you should go into the app drawer to check that the root access is maintained (not broken by the flashing of new rom), the SuperSU is there!

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You can see that after flashing a new rom the Google Market has made a return to replace the Google Play Store that I upgraded earlier. No problem, you can either download the Play Store APK or download a Kitkat based launcher to bring it back again. Read my previous post on this.
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The SuperSU would be automatically replaced by an updated version. However if it doesn’t, you can go to Play Store and download the latest SuperSU.
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The Holo Launcher that I installed is Kitkat UI based and is definitely much efficient and fluid than the original Nexus Launcher, in terms of functionality, setting, appearance. See for yourself.

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LockScreen >>>
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Summary:
Don’t expect big miracle to take place after flashing the new ROM (StockMod) which is an optimized version OS. However it surely breaths new life into this 4 years old Nexus One. Yet you can expect the app launching and UI to be extremely smooth and stable. No forced close at all. Quadrant Benchmark shows an improvement of close to 20%.

Next important thing to do, is to partition your phone’s SDcard using the Rom Manager, simply follow the instruction. Take note that to back up your SDcard before executing this. For this device, you can partition up to 256MB of extension from the SDcard for storing apps downloaded. In practice it can free up another 50% of app storage space. That’s impressive.
How to manage it? That’s the purpose of downloading the Link2sd. You can move most downloaded apps and create link to SD using this application.

Now I can download more apps than before, onto my Nexus One. Of course not the heavy games.

I downloaded the game Temple Run 2 and Ninjump (delux) and both can be moved to the SDcard without cloaking up internal storage! Great.
And more surprisingly, both the games run as if it is on a quad-core phone! No joke. Truly amazing user experience on this custom rom meant for optimisation.
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Also, I can switch from the StockMod rom to CM7 (a CyanogenMod rom) and others so long as they match the device spec and system.

Some owners of Nexus One have downloaded Jelly Bean custom roms onto it or even Kitkat rom! That would certainly makes the Nexus One lags along with bugs as well… The spec just not built for that.

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