For those that tinker with Android phones with overlays and add-ons like TouchWiz, Sense and MotoBlur, it seems the holy grail of ROMs to have a plain vanilla Android experience. After all, why not? Plain Android will always run faster and, in my opinion, it’s easier and works better for me.
The Samsung Fascinate is the latest phone to get the AOSP ROM treatment. Currently in Alpha stages of release, it’s still a work in progress, but it’s mostly functional at the moment with the following features working:
- SMS Both Ways
- Calls Outgoing & Incoming (for the most part)
- WiFi Tether
- Camera works (Black and White preview only but works)
It’s based off Android 2.1 at the moment. And of course, it’s not meant to be a daily driver ROM, so it should only be flashed if you’re comfortable with testing early releases on your phone. But for those that don’t fear bugs or bricking their device, it’s a taste of what’s to come. Check out the ROM thread here.
[via xda-developers blog]