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CNET Editors' review
Android is the go-to for gearheads because of all the custom ROMs you can put on your phone. ROM Manager makes it even easier by taking the guesswork out of installing the Clockwork Mod, one of the more popular custom ROMs, on your phone. It lets you back up your installations, search for new updates, and more.
ROM Manager only works with the Clockwork Mod, so you have to have that installed for this to work. This app won't even let you do anything without already having rooted your phone. While it won't hold your hand through the rooting process, it's an excellent failsafe. It has limited functionality with other mods, but offers all sorts of features if you already like the Clockwork Mod. You save all sorts of information about your current ROM and can install newer versions from an easy-to-figure-out interface. Clockwork ROM Manager even sports most of the familiar iconography you'll be used to if you're a longtime Clockwork fan.
If you're already into the Clockwork ecosystem, this download is a must-have. ROM Manager gives you a ton of tools that let you experiment with your custom ROM and still have a complete version waiting for you if you mess something up. It would be nice if it worked more fluidly with other ROMs, but if you already love Clockwork, make sure you have this installed on your gadget.
ATTENTION: I have started the rollout of ClockworkMod Recovery 5 for some devices. It will have faster tar backups, and will properly preserve the filesystem type at time of backup. If CWR5 fails to flash try flashing again, that usually fixes it (bad flash). If you have any issues with CWR5, feel free to roll back to the previous version, and report the bug to me at email@example.com!ROM Manager is THE MUST HAVE APP for any Android root user. (Over 3 million downloads and counting!)* Flash your recovery to the latest and greatest ClockworkMod recovery.* Manage your ROMs via a handy UI.* Organize and perform backups and restores from within Android!* Install ROMs from your SD card.* Install your favorite ROMs over the air! Premium Version:* Premium ROMs* Receive notifications for when your ROM is updated!* Automatic backups* Install from QR Code* Web Connect* SupportWhy does ROM Manager ask for account permissions?Web Connect only needs to access your Google account to connect it to your google account. It can't access any private data or passwords.Troubleshooting:Droid users: Stuck at the "M" logo? Flash an alternate recovery and flash back to ClockworkMod.HTC Users: Flash recovery not working? Try fastbooting a recovery on.Droid X/2/Pro Users: You must run the Bootstrap application first to use ROM Manager.Samsung users: You must flash a Clockwork compatible kernel first (see XDA forums)IF YOU ARE HAVING LICENSE ISSUES, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE LATEST VERSION OF FREE (4.0+) AND THE LATEST LICENSE (1.0.7+) INSTALLED!SEO: ROM Manager, ROMs, ROM, Root, Flash, jailbreak, root, busybox, unlock, s-off, rom, manager, liberty, justice, cyanogenmod, cm7, jailbreak, script, shell, terminal, cpu, overclock, underclock, kernel, backup, apps, theme engine, apps2sd, appstosd, apps to sd, governor, sysctl, root checker, titanium, root explorer, cachemate, absolute system, rom manager, setcpu, android overclock, com.koushikdutta.rommanager, xda-develoeprs, droid forums, tether, gingerbread, froyo, icecream sandwichRecent changes:22.214.171.124 UI and crash fixes for ICS.126.96.36.199 Use new ICS theme and hardware acceleration on Android 3.x+.188.8.131.52 Fix bug where initial app startup has a disabled screen.184.108.40.206 Bug fixes for external/internal sdcard. Please let me know if you run into any issues on my Facebook/Google+.220.127.116.11 Changed ads from Admob to Pontiflex. The new ads will show up every 3 startups, and during ROM downloads. There will no longer be any banner ads.18.104.22.168 Assert for failures in install/backup/restore.Content rating: Everyone
What's new in this version: 22.214.171.124 UI and crash fixes for ICS.126.96.36.199 Use new ICS theme and hardware acceleration on Android 3.x+.188.8.131.52 Fix bug where initial app startup has a disabled screen.184.108.40.206 Bug fixes for external/internal sdcard. Please let me know if you run into any issues on my Facebook/Google+.220.127.116.11 Changed ads from Admob to Pontiflex. The new ads will show up every 3 startups, and during ROM downloads. There will no longer be any banner ads.18.104.22.168 Assert for failures in install/backup/restore.
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