Monday, December 9, 2013

Which HTC Explorer Custom ROM to choose?

There are so many ROMS that sometimes people do get confused on which one to try. Here I’ll give a detailed review on which rom you should use for your HTC Explorer.  Of course to flash custom roms you first have to root your phone. You can easily do that by our tutorial.

1- Cyanogen Mod 10.2 Weekly Builds

Android 4.3 was released a few months ago, porting it to HTC Explorer was a lot of hard work and the developing team did a remarkable job. This port has absolutely no bugs and a complete refined Android 4.3 experience. The best thing about this Rom is that Developers are constantly working on it. They provide updates every week to keep the ROM smooth and stable.

Downloads and Instructions
  1. Download the latest build and Gapps from here.
  2. Copy the packages to your SD Card.
  3. Wipe data and factory Reset.
  4. Press Install Zip and then install the Rom and Gapps.
  5. Reboot

2- MIUI V5

MIUI V5 is a completely different experience for you, They have redesigned every element of Android and made it simple and minimalistic. This Rom was ported by legendlee. MIUI V5 is the latest version of MIUI it has a lot of new features. MIUI gives a refreshing look to your HTC Explorer.
Downloads and Instructions
  1. Download the latest version of MIUI from here
  2. Wipe Everything in Recovery
  3. Flash the ROM.
  4. Reboot

3- Triumph HD

Triumps HD Rom is the most heavily developed Cyanogen ROM, installing the ROM has been simplified with Aroma Installer. The ROM is filled with lots of features. This ROM is my daily driver these days. It allows you to change font, keyboard, boot animation, music player and it includes many other sound mods too. The best thing about Triumph HD is that its filled with lots of tweaks. Which make the phone more responsive.
Downloads and Instructions
  1. Download the latest version of ROM and Gapps.
  2. Wipe Everything in Recovery.
  3. Install the ROM.
  4. Reboot.

First boot will take about 20 minutes because the ROM has many startup scripts.

4- Revolution Sense 5

Revolutions Sense 5 was created by vaibhav1. He included many new features to an already incredible FlyRom, it has Sense 5 icons, the interface looks different and refreshing. The best part about this ROM is that the developer has added MyHub. MyHub is an all in one place for customization. Custom Boot Screens, Themes, Skins, Kernels and Fonts can be found in MyHub. Overall the ROM is good in performance and very responsive. A lot of RAM is free for the user, which makes it faster than other ROMS.
Downloads and Instructions
  1. Download the ROM from here
  2. Wipe Everything in Recovery except SD-Card
  3. Flash the ROM

This ROM has Android 4.0.3 with HTC Sense 4.0 and It is based on Derefas’s Rom and FlyRom is made by shekhutanwar. I like this ROM because it’s the fastest Sense 4.0 ROM available for Explorer. It has been modified for the best performance. It has no major bugs. It supports the latest and the fastest Kernel; it can be overclocked to 800 Mhz safely and it has Sony Bravia Engine 2.

The Fly Rom is not themed. It features stock HTC Sense 4.0 experience and it’s faster than any other sense 4 ROM. It has no bloat-ware (useless stock apps) and it has a great memory script, which transfers all your apps to your sd-ext.

How to install?

Before we move on to the instructions, first you have to make an EXT partition of at least 1 gigabyteMemory Script:
Every sense 4 ROM requires an ext partition. If you haven’t created one you can read our tutorial to make an ext partition .

  1. Download these files: Rom: , Patch: and Open the Rom file (FlyRom v4) via WinRAR. Navigate to (system/etc/init.d) then drag and drop the memory script (10FlyScript).
  2. Now copy the Rom file and the patch file to your SD-Card.
  3. Go to the recovery and press ‘wipe data factory reset’. Then flash the ROM by pressing ‘install zip from sd-card’.
  4. After flashing the ROM turn your phone on. The first boot will take a lot of time so don’t worry.
  5. When your phone boots up and you see the setup screen reboot the phone and complete the setup.
  6. After completing the setup go back to the recovery and flash the patch file.
  7. Reboot the Phone.

Make your phone fly by using flyrom!

STHD-ThinkingBridge-HTC Explorer Custom Roms

6- S.H.T.D ROM

I liked this ROM so much that I used it for a month. The S.T.H.D stands for Super Hardcore Transparency Deluxe Rom. It has stock Android 4.1.2 and it has no bugs. Its based on CyanogenMod-10. As the name says its really transparent the settings, messaging, menus literally everything turns transparent and looks amazing with your wallpaper. The ROM is super fast because its filled with many tweaks. The best thing about it is that it has a pre-loaded memory script. If you have an ext the apps will automatically move to your ext.

How to install?

  1. Download the ROM file from here
  2. Download the Google Apps file from here
  3. Copy these files to your SD-Card.
  4. To go to recovery and press ‘wipe data factory reset’ or simple Factory Reset on TWRP.
  5. Flash the ROM by pressing ‘Install Zip from Sd-Card’ then flash the gapps (google apps).
  6. Done.

RexBuild-STHD-ThinkingBridge-HTC Explorer Custom Roms

7- RexBuild ROM

When the HTC One came out with Sense 5 I instantly became a fan of it. I loved the sense 5 icons and the whole interface. This ROM features sense 4 and Android 4.0.3 but it has been modified to look and feel like Sense 5. It is based on Derafas’s Rom. It has sense 5 icons, sense 5 styled apps and it has no major bugs. The interface looks amazing on the phone. The main HTC clock widget has been modified to look better too. This makes the phone different looking from the other ROMS.

The best thing I like about this ROM is it’s font – I will talk about it later.

How to install ?

  1. Download the ROM file from here:
  2. Copy the file to the SD-Card and Go to recovery.
  3. In the recovery mode press ‘wipe data and factory reset’ then ‘wipe-cache partition’.
  4. Then flash the ROM by pressing; ‘install zip from sd-card’ reboot the phone.
  5. Boot the phone after installation then reboot it.
  6. Complete the Setup and enjoy the sense 5 interface.
  7. There’s another sense 5 rom by Hpsgill, which came before this one and its remarkable too you can see that one here:

RevoltJB-RexBuild-STHD-ThinkingBridge-HTC Explorer Custom Roms

8- ReVolt JB

This ROM is for the people who like to get tablet interface on their phone. The ReVolt JB ROM features android 4.2 but, it has some bugs. It has Rom Control from AOKP, Paranoid Preferences from Paranoid Android; Cyanogen Mod profiles Pie Controls and all the Android 4.2 features. Of course the ROM also allows changing between phone and tablet or hybrid interface, and it has a lot of customization to make the user experience better.


  1. Gallery video playback. Use MX player for that.
  2. Video Recording. Use video-cam illusion for that.
  3. Bluetooth doesn’t completely work.
  4. You can use Jarvis Kernel for memory script and great performance.

How to install ?

  1. Download the rom file from here
  2. Download the Google Apps file from here
  3. Copy these files to your SD-Card and go to recovery.
  4. In the recovery press ‘wipe data/factory Reset’.
  5. Flash the rom by pressing ‘install zip from sd-card’ then flash gapps (google apps.)
  6. Done!

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