There is a paradox with shopping for mobile phones that you think will be best suited to having a custom ROM installed and what phones are best for having them installed. The fact is that most great Android developers who create the custom ROMs do so where there are the largest crowds. These groups tend to flock to the best and most expensive devices, and that’s why you get so many great ROMs available for smartphones like the HTC flagship series. The irony is that people usually have little interest in installing a custom ROM on an expensive device because they don’t want to risk bricking the device. Installing a custom ROM offers the most risk-reward you can get in any device customization. You will not find anything that changes your device as much as a new ROM, but at the same time, you won’t find anything that comes with a higher risk either.
The HTC One M7 smartphone is now so old that most people care little about bricking because it’s not worth much money anyhow. That makes it the perfect time to start installing a custom ROM on your M& smartphone.
Here is the list of the best custom ROMs for the HTC One M7 smartphone so you can replace your stock ROM with a custom version:
Dirty Unicorn v7.0:
Dirty Unicorn 7.0 ROM is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and is a highly customizable custom ROM for your AT&T HTC One smartphone. If you don’t like the HTC Sense UI (like me) then this custom ROM will give your phone a stock Android 4.4 KitKat with tons of customization features that you haven’t experience on your HTC One with the stock firmware. The Dirty Unicorn custom ROM also supports OTA updates so you won’t be missing any update from Dirty Unicorn developer team.
Features: Android 4.4 KitKat based, customize-able quick settings, hot reboot option, PDroid patches included, app bar, immersive mode, customizable lock screen shortcuts, app ops access in settings, halo (multi-tasking tool), status bar clock options, halo size changes, hardware key remap mod, build.prop, superSU, init.d tweaks, list view animations, custom system animations, toast animations, network speed indicator, driving mode, OmniSwitch, system app remover, suspend actions, wave lock options, slimROM based recent, blacklist call/SMS, slimROM privacy guard, identication.
Download: Dirty Unicorns v7.0
Sky Fall ROM:
The Sky Fall ROM is based on CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM so you should not worry about any bugs running around in the custom ROM. The Sky Fall custom ROM also contains some stock HTC apps so you won’t be like a complete stranger for your phone. With AROMA installer, you can select and choose which mod or apps you want to install and which one’s not so you don’t have to boot to your new custom ROM and start removing apps you don’t need to install.
Features: Android 4.4.2 KitKat stock firmware based, Sense 6, AROMA installer, odexed, rooted, zip-aligned, r/w module, init.d support, busy box, zip align script, drive mode, custom boot animation, ADB insecure, FM radio, and the carrier label removed from the status bar. It also comes with an HTC flashlight app, no boot sound, WiFi tether, Google default home page, choose between stock kernel or faux kernel, choose English or English and extra languages, choose adblocking or none.
Download: Sky Fall ROM
Liquid Smooth v2.10 ROM:
The Liquid Smooth V2.1.0 does as the title says. This custom ROM build is unofficial but still it has that smoothness which gives this custom ROM its title. You can only experience the smoothness of this custom ROM only by installing it on your phone and slide the functions by your finger tips. This custom ROM is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and has the CM theme engine so enjoy theming your phone’s different parts like boot animation, lock screen, icons, system UI and sounds.
Features: Android 4.4 KitKat based, volume rocker music controls, full rotation, customize-able battery and notification, theme engine, quite hours, status bar mods, and navigation bar widgets. Furthermore, it has a customizable power menu, customizable quick settings panel, customizable navbar ring, transparent nav bar and status bar, chronus clock widget, customize-able hardware and software keys, ARM optimized string handling routine, Google 4.7 GCC Tool Chain.
Download: Liquid Smooth v2.10 ROM
PAC-MAN LP ROM:
The PAC-MAN ROM is a blend of three different custom ROMs which are Paranoid Android, AOSP, and CyanogenMod. Each of the custom ROMs is popular because of their special features, and now you can have all those features in a single custom ROM. I suggest you to download and install this custom ROM before any other custom ROM because PAC-MAN LP is the first custom ROM based on Android 5.0 Lollipop with the beautiful material design.
Features: Android 5.0 Lollipop based, halo, gesture anywhere, list view and toast animation customization, navigation bar customization, gesture lock screen unlock, CM themes, battery indicator, contextual notification header, and navigation bar customization. Furthermore, you get an Omni Switch, PAC performance, network speed indicator, low battery warning, new notification sounds, PAC console, see through lock screen, slim recents, wavelock blockers, volume step customization, slim PIE controls, privacy guard.
Download: PAC-MAN LP ROM
ViperOne 8.0 ROM:
The ViperOne custom ROM is like an official custom ROM build for HTC smartphones because ViperOne custom ROM is always the first custom ROM for every HTC device. Viper One custom ROM is based on the stock firmware of HTC One with the Sense UI but with some custom options and features. The kernel is also custom made to increase the performance of the phone.
Features: Android 4.4 KitKat based, Venom tweaks, Venom Hub, Venom sidebar, Venom PIE, status bar tweaks, status bar theming over quick settings, device info, weather on the status bar, prism tweaks, lock screen tweaks, and a custom app drawer background. Moreover, you get different transparency options, long press button tweaks, blinking buttons, notification LED timeout, CRT on/off, Viper kernel optimizations, extended quick settings, Venom download UI, Venom file manager, Venom package installer, Venom button manager.
Download: ViperOne ROM
Unofficial CyanogenMod 11.0:
Although it is unofficial build of the famous CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM, it still has that old taste of the Android 4.4 KitKat OS from Google. The CM 11+ custom ROMs contains CM theme engine to theme the whole interface of the custom ROM, and you can download lots of free and premium themes from Google Play Store.
Features: based on Android 4.4 KitKat, sabermod GCC optimizations and commits, ROM built with 4.9/kernel built with 4.8, signal cluster updates, gesture lock screen, reorder items under notification drawer settings, memory bar in recent apps.
Download: Unofficial CyanogenMod 11.0 ROM