If you’ve ever heard anyone ask why install a custom ROM on an Android operating system, there is a good answer for ViewSonic G tablet owners: to update the firmware. Upgrading or updating official firmware builds is no longer an option after your phone or tablet carrier networks refuse to contentiously update forever. Eventually these OTA’s stop rolling out and you are forced to rely on installing a custom ROM or update the device completely and buy something newer.

These are the best custom ROMs available to install on the Viewsonic G tablet so you can upgrade your firmware and run newer versions of Android on the tablet:

Viewsonic G Tablet

Smoother Bean 4.1.2:

The Smoother Bean ROM is the first Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based custom ROM for Viewsonic G Tablet. Since it is a new version of the Android OS, it had the new and fresh UI for your tablet. The new UI consists of a new status bar, notification bar, launcher and also widgets. The Smoother Bean Custom ROM also comes with some tweaks for performance and stability.

Features: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based, 1% battery mod, Adaway app, CPU sleeper, DSM manager, SuperSU, ROM toolbox, XDA app, TIBU, latest Google app versions, Pandora, Chrome browser, Google Now launcher, Appolo music player, Play Store latest, latest Apex launcher, CPU control, notification bar tweaks, custom boot animation.

Download: Smoother Bean 4.1.2 ROM

AOSP 4.0.4 ROM:

AOSP custom ROMs are often stock Android operating system versions without any more tweaks or customization options. But this AOSP 4.0.4 right here is somewhat tweaked to meet your requirements of performance and user-interface customization. If you care about these aforementioned features in the next version of Android OS on your Viewsonic G tablet then download and install this custom ROM on your tablet.

Features: Android 4.0.4 ICS based, pure stock Android interface, dynamic tiles, music tile, signal cluster updates, status bar header items, CAF task manager, heads up manager, power menu, call recording format, notification count, app side bar, over scroll effects, torch to power menu.

Download: AOSP 4.0.4 ROM

CyanogenMod 10.1 ROM:

If you don’t know CyanogenMod then you don’t know nearly enough about custom ROMs to call yourself an Android ROM fan. The CyanogenMod custom ROM is like the building blocks for custom ROMs and most of the custom ROMs available on the internet are based on CyanogenMod custom ROM builds. Well this is not the official CyanogenMod ROM, but still it will fulfill the cause it is made for.

Features: Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich based, 3G enabled, full inverted Google Play Store, pre installed themes, HDMI, custom UI settings tablet UI or phablet UI, xposed installer with any DPI app, Theme manager, custom nav bar button, clock, status bar, Kaosdroid customization options.

Download: CyanogenMod 10.1 ROM

PACK_Malanta ROM:

The Pack Malanta custom ROM is based on AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) which were better quality custom ROMs, but now it is no more. That being said, you can still experience what the Android Open Kang Project is all about on your Viewsonic Tablet with this custom ROM. The AOKP custom ROMs are mostly stock Android ROMs with a few select UI tweaks and lots of performance tweak options in the Settings menu.

Features: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, restart the system UI, reboot menu, call recording enabled, ambient display, gesture lock screen, battery saver color selection, linked volume status bar, smart mute, in call UI, Selinux switch, LS shortcut.

Download: PACK_Malanta ROM

G-Harmony Jelly Bean 4.1.2 odexed:

The G-Harmony custom ROM is made to deliver even more of the latest Android OS which is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Installing Android 4.1.2 will change your tablet user experience forever. The G-Harmony build is a stock ROM for your Viewsonic G tablet with more performance and less user interface tweaks.

Features: AOSP 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Built from source, stock Jelly Bean 4.2 launcher, GApps included, build.prop tweaks for better performance, LCD density is set to 180, Jellybean 4.2 clock, updated Google play store, zip aligned, Jellybean 4.2 launcher, tablet mode at any dpi, note pad app, V6 supercharger.

Download: G-Harmony Jelly Bean 4.1.2 odexed ROM

Beta Dirty Bean 4.2:

The Beta Dirty Bean 4.2 ROM is the first and only Android 4.2 Jelly Bean custom ROM available for your Viewsonic G-tablet. Every custom ROM which has the word “dirty” in it is always a ROM that comes with many options to customize the operating system. Knowing that, we also expect this Dirty Bean ROM to dish out much of the same goodness. Nonetheless, you should still watch out because this custom ROM is in its beta stages so it could have some flaws.

Features: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean based, brand new 3.1.10 kernel rewritten from scratch, emulated storage structure, device tree rewrite, fully synced with CyanogenMod 10.1, day dream, expanded desktop, full GPS function, lots of RAM available, new gesture based CWM, Bluedroid blue tooth, newZRam, developer options is disabled by default.

Download: Beta Dirty Bean 4.2 ROM

FrankenTAB ROM:

The FrankenTAB ROM is based on the stock Android 4.1.2 Jellybean OS and tweaked to give you the best possible performance and smoothness that you want on your tablet. With regards to the performance, you can also tweak the user interface a little, but not technically any more. You will not regret installing this custom ROM on your Viewsonic G-tablet.

Features: Based on Advent VEGA firmware v1.10, new and fresh wallpapers, latet Google apps and Google Play Store, custom kernel, build.prop tweaks, system tweaks, ADB works over a network, revised graphics in the framework, VTL launcher as default launcher, lock screen sliders, lots of fonts available, modified boot.img, added the second boot logo.

Download: FrankenTAB ROM

Paranoid Android ROM:

The Paranoid Android ROM is the best custom ROM if you want to make your tablet look funky, cool or minimalist. The paranoid Android custom ROM has it all. There are loads of user interface tweaking options available in the Settings menu for this ROM. You can also modify the performance of the tablet by overclocking the processor. However, you do it at your own risk. It’s always best to research what your hardware can take before choosing to change the overclock settings.

Features: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based, brightness slider, clock customization, time and date, battery bar customization, 3 minit battery mod, gesture lock screen, lock screen customization, calender events, weather panel customization, lock screen shortcuts, calendar events.

Download: Paranoid Android ROM