Anyone looking to tinker with the Android operating system that is running on the HTC One V smartphone will more than likely love the idea of a custom ROM. A ROM is what you can always see on the smartphone’s display after you turn it on, but the one you get on the device automatically is what we call a stock ROM. Android developers make the stock ROM, and it is an allrounder which nobody loves, and nobody can ever completely hate. Anyone who knows what they want will prefer checking out a custom ROM that has been made to suit a person’s needs better. Since there are more than ten custom ROMs to choose and all of the unique features, most people will find a custom ROM that they prefer to use over the stock ROM. Of course, there are a few other extras thrown in for good measure as reasons for wanting to have a custom ROM installed on your HTC One V smartphone. The first reason is the fact that you will get the ROM coming to you completely debloated a lot of the time which means you no longer will have to put up with any of the default system apps that phone carrier networks and smartphone manufacturers like to install and force you into keeping. That will result in them not being in your way for one, but also a faster device that works better because the less memory that is being used, the more speed you ca expect to find.
Since the HTC One V smartphone is one of the most popular smartphones in the world, there is no shortage of custom ROMs made available for this device. It was perhaps released a bit slightly before custom ROMs were as common as they are now, but you still have worked there from the Official PACman team, there is a CyangenMod custom ROM available and several others worth installing. You also get a few independent custom ROMs worth checking out and the list if rounded off with some others that didn’t get popular but still deserve a mention.
It must be said that custom ROMs can come with a unique set of prerequisites so you will need to check the download link for the information on what is required for the ROM you choose. All custom ROMs will require a custom recovery installed, some of them will need your smartphone to be rooted before you install them, and others even ask for you to be running a particular firmware before installing. For the most part, you will just need the root access to the internal system and a custom recovery installed. However, also note that some of them need a version of TWRP to be compatible, so not all old versions of TWRP Recovery will necessarily install the ROM you are wanting.
Ignorance V5 ROM
The Ignorance V5 custom ROM is an independently made ROM that fully includes the AROMA installer. The AROMA installer is great because it allows you to install some Google Apps along with the ROM without having to install them separately. The Ignorance ROM is based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the ROM kernel is Linux 3.0. You will need to have the bootloader unlocked on the HTC One V smartphone before you can install this custom ROM. Moreover, you will obviously need to have a custom recovery installed.
Features: based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, AROMA installer, some Google stock apps available from within the AROMA installer, free custom ROM, updated skin Ignorance X, modified applications to match the skin’s unique style. Moreover, you get Flashlight toggle, Fixed 3-Way Reboot, Silk-Smooth Scrolling, Re-themed Calculator App, Flip + JB Animations mix, Bravia Engine, Multilanguage Support, Sense 5 Icons, Zipaligned, Debloated, Rooted, Fullwidth Navbar, Init.d + Busybox support and much more.
Download: Ignorance V5 ROM
The SenseD500 custom ROMs marks the first ever custom ROM based on the Sense 5 user interface that HTC is so famous for over the years. For that very reason, the SenseD500 custom ROM was a popular one for HTC One V smartphone owners to install. The ROM is an experimental stage, though, so you should not install this one on your work smartphone. It is based on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update and requires an andION Sense kernel for 4.1.2 on top of the custom recovery and unlocked bootloader prerequisite list. As far as ROMs go for the One V smartphone, there are better options than this one at the moment.
Features: HTC Blinkfeed, tweaks, optimizations, Sense 5 Task Manager, Automatic zip-aligned, comes with the Xposed framework, based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and much more.
PACman All-In-One AOKP CM10.1
As long as you have the smartphone hardware to handle it, it is tough not to call the PACman custom ROMs some of the best custom ROMs out there in existence. The PAC part of the name is an acronym which is combining several custom ROMs into one, and that is what PACman is a ROM. Inside you will get a mixture of Paranoid Android, CyanogenMod, and AOKP ROMs. For that reason, it can run dark, and devices that fall short of the hardware requirements will not work well. However, the rest of the devices get to enjoy everything that a PACman custom ROM brings to the table. The HTC One V smartphone is a handset that can handle PACman, so enjoy everything that it has to offer.
Features: Xtra-hybrid ROM, Paranoid Android, CyanogenMod, AOKP, much more.
Download: PACman ROM
MIUI V5 (Ported custom ROM)
Xiaomi is a smartphone manufacturer that is gained a lot of traction around the world in recent years and their knock off custom ROMs are also getting a lot of attention. The MIUI V5 here for the HTC One V handset is a ported custom ROM which means it wasn’t ever officially released for this smartphone but rather is ported across from another device. As such, the element of risk involved is slightly raised in comparison to when you install a custom ROM that was made by the official CyanogenMod team for your device. The MIUI V5 Custom ROM never really kicked off for this smartphone, and the user based ended up being less than with the SenseD500 Alpha experimental ROM above.
Features: fast, Based on Lloir’s January 2013 build of CM10, Ported from MIUI China HTC Incredible S, Lockscreen lag fixed, black line status bar fixed, comes preloaded with the Google Installer, much more.
Download: MIUI V5 (Ported ROM)
The Prime Omega custom ROM for the HTC One V smartphone is one of the most popular ROMs you can install for this smartphone. It is also one of the latest ROMs since it comes to you based on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat software update and not one of the older updates you see in the other ROMs like Android Jelly Bean builds. Moreover, the Prime Omega custom ROM is based on CyanogenMod 11–one of the later builds of the CyanogenMod ROM you will find for this device also. Many people are always installing custom ROMs over the Android stock ROM to update to newer versions of Android that were never released for the HTC One V smartphone. The Prime Omega custom ROM is an excellent example of a ROM to install if that sounds like something that interests you.
Features: based on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat software updates, based on the Linux 3.0 kernel, CyanogenMod 11 (unofficial), GravityBox, Nova Launcher, Keys Remapping, Multi Language. Furthermore, you get ICS Camera + Gallery, Sweep2Wake – DoubleTap2Wake, SuperSU, RAM tweaks, Viper4Android+Beats, Xposed Installer, CM Performance Menu, AD Blocking and more.
Download: Primou Omega ROM
Sense 5 custom ROM
Though one of the RMs on the list above is already known as the first ROM to come out based on the Sense 5 user interface by HTC, this one here is by far the more traditional version. Probably due to its superior polish, the Sense 5 custom ROM for the HTC One V smartphone looks as though it is the most popular custom ROM to install out of them all. The Sense 5 custom ROM is based on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean software update so it is not as new as some of the other aftermarket firmware packages on the list, but still it remains popular. The build is an Alpha one just like the original ROM based on Sense 5, so it’s hard to understand why this one become so popular. That being said, it does come with a lot of fixes since its first release, so it looks like this one is stable enough to install for most people.
Features: Comes with battery improvements, the ROM is already rooted, WiFi issues are solved, all lag is fixed, based on the HTC Desire 500 ROM, based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Linux kernel 3.0.
Download: Sense 5 ROM
The LiGux custom ROM for the HTC One V smartphone is finally finished, and it looks the goods. It is based on the Hellboy kernel and the CyanogenMod 10 custom ROM. The only potential issue is that this is a ported ROM, so it was never officially made for the HTC One V handset. In fact, it was initially released for the HTC Glacier smartphone instead. Those who prefer steering clear of any ported ROMs will want to stay away from this option once again.
Features: Rethemed, SMS blocking, Custom Launcher, Custom recent apps with RAM meter, GApps included, Call blocking, Quick Settings, Custom dialer, Custom Lockscreen and more.
Download: LiGux ROM
Anyone wanting to try a healthy dose of the Sense 4.1 user interface and a custom ROM that is based on the HTC Desire X stock ROM should give the HTCDroid custom ROM a chance to warm your heart. As far as ROMs on the HTC One V smartphone go, we recommend this one above most others since it is a stable build. The HTCDroid ROM is probably within the top five most popular ROMs for people to try out on their smartphone. One of the downsides of this ROM is the fact that it is based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which is well below one of the Android 4.4.4 KitKat custom ROMs we have seen available for this same smartphone.
Features: based on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates, init.d support, BusyBox, zip-aligned, Deodexed and heaps more.
Download: HTCDroid ROM
The TrippedOut custom ROM will obviously get some attention for the name alone, but I don’t think that is why it has been checked out by over fifty thousand people. The TrippedOut custom ROM for the HTC One V smartphone is based on the CyanogenMod 10 builds and comes with Beats Audio, which was a huge thing back when this ROM was first released. In addition to the impressive Beats Audio, you will also get a ton of tweaks and other features.
Features: Based off of CM10.1, All CM10.1 configs, Compiled with Linario, PIE controls, Includes Awesome Beats v5, Build.prop tweaks, working 4.2.2 camera and gallery, and loads more.
Download: TrippedOut ROM
The Xperia Honami custom ROM is one that never took off in the HTC One V community. However, it probably deserved considerably more attention than it ever got. It comes from the same developer as the TrippedOut custom ROM, and the developer has spent significantly more time listing the features you will find in this custom ROM. According to the developers words, the ROM may have been motivated by having that one friend who rubs our noses in his unique features that he gets with his Xperia smartphone. The Xperia Honami custom ROMs aims to bring much of that over to the HTC platform.
Features: Latest Walkman, Latest Sony Album App, Music Unlimited (Not personally tested), Latest TrackID App, New Xperia Launcher, Latest Socialife, New Xperia Launcher, Louder audio, and much more.
Download: Xperia Honami ROM