The XOLO Q3000 smartphone came with Android Jelly Bean out of the box and was later updated to Android 4.4 KitKat, but that’s as far as things went with software updates by the manufacturer and phone carrier network combined—known as official software upgrades. XOLO might not be the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, but some of their devices get enough sales to attract the attention of the third party developers who like to create custom ROMs. The custom ROMs offer users a way to update to newer versions of Android unofficially. Sometimes these updates can be just to check out what the newer versions of Android look like and other times they are to get different features or lighter ROMs.

You need to have a custom recovery installed on the XOLO Q3000 smartphone before you can install any custom ROMs on it from this list. There are applications out there that run after you have root access that can help you find out what ROMs are available out there for you to install, but root access itself is not required before you can start installing custom ROMs. All you need is the new custom ROM itself and then to flash the custom ROM from the custom recovery image. Most custom recovery images have the ability to upload files, and that’s what you need to get the ROM installed.

XOLO Q3000

Galaxy Evolution v4 ROM (Galaxy S7 ROM)

If you are fond of the Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone and wish you could run that same ROM on your device, then you want to check out the Galaxy Evolution V4 custom ROM for the XOLO Q3000 smartphone. The Q3000 smartphone comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and the Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, so that’s enough to get most people excited.

Download: Galaxy Evolution v4 ROM

Android Nougat

If Android 6.0 Marshmallow isn’t up to date enough for you, then you probably ought to check out the Android N custom ROM. The Android N for the XOLO Q3000 smartphone is an unofficial build by Google. The Android N got it’s named when Marshmallow was coming to an end. The Android N was going to be the successor to the Android 6.0 Marshmallow but was not close to release yet and had not yet been given its final name of Android Nougat. There was some concern over the Android N not being possible to run on this smartphone because of the same reasons that prevented it from being able to be updated from its final official update by phone carrier and Android: the Android 4.4 KitKat software update.

Download: Android N ROM

Clean ROM

Some custom ROMs come with names that are designed to lure you into using them, and others come simple and self-explanatory. The clean ROM is definitely the latter. Clean typically stands for something that is very lightweight and does not come with any bloatware that the manufacturer and phone carrier networks always carry. The result is a more pure version of Android for you to look at which also results in you having more speed out of the ROM itself also. Additionally, you also get extra battery life out of a cleaner ROM, so you get that advantage of using this ROM as well.

Download: Clean ROM

MIUI 7

The MIUI ROMs are what come stock on Xiaomi smartphones and tablets. Xiaomi used to be known as the company that only copied Apple devices whenever they released a new device, but that have grown since then and become one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world. The MIUI 7 custom ROM here that is available for the XOLO Q3000 is the global stock version without any modifications at all. On top of that base version of the global stock ROM, it also comes with BusyBox installed, root access by using SuperSU, no lag, Viper4Android support, good battery quality, plus support for Xposed to be installed so you can have the Xposed framework and modules. Xposed is many people’s solution to installing a custom ROM without having to install a custom ROM at all, so naturally, some people get confused when and why someone would want Xposed when they are installing a custom ROM. In this particular instance of the clean ROM, you don’t get much in the way of customization by design, and that’s how it remains fresh. However, by running Xposed, you can then make your changes on top of the clean ROM to give it the desired look.

Download: MIUI 7 ROM

MIUI V5

If you aren’t interested in using the MIUI 7 custom ROM but do like what MIUI ROMs, in general, bring to the table, then you might prefer installing the MIUI 5 custom ROM instead. While it is obviously the older of the two ROMs, it was one of the most popular custom ROMs—if not the most popular due to the polls—for this device.

Download: MIUI 5 ROM

Color OS

One of the more common custom ROMs that becomes available for different devices is the Color OS ROM. The Color OS is also known as the Oppo OS and it’s the stock ROM that you can get from the Oppo smartphones. Oppo was once one of the premier smartphones manufacturer in the world. That noise has quietened down lately, but it’s a good thing that you can still get your hands on the operating system that runs stock on Oppo devices if it’s the one you prefer using. Similar to how you can find MIUI ROMs for devices that are typically only found on Xiaomi devices, the Color OS ROMs allow people to install an operating system that is usually confined to Oppo devices.

Download: Color OS ROM

Flexi ROM

The Flexi ROM is based on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software update. While there are plenty of newer versions of Android you could be running, there are heaps of features you might want to have from this ROM. It comes to you with a smooth UI, fast UI, no lag, Xposed with Gravity box installed, floating applications, a new phone dialer, power saver, better network reception than what was up for grabs before, a Quick Mode for groups of individuals and much more still. You can read up on the full list of features from the download page.

Download: Flexi ROM

Pure stock DEODEXED ROM

If you want a custom ROM that does not change any of the design or features apart from giving you want stock Android versions of the software were made to look like before the manufacturer, and phone carrier networks changed it, then you’ll love the pure stock Deodexed ROM for the XOLO Q3000 smartphone.The Deodexed custom ROM for the XOLO Q3000 was the most popular ROM available from XDA-Developers, but it’s running on Android Jelly Bean so many people prefer to install something newer nowadays.

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