Everything you need to know about Custom ROMs
Android is 100% Open Source, meaning those who sell Android devices, such as Orange, can change the Android code and add their own user interfaces and apps, whilst removing old apps.
However, these additional apps and changes will often slow down the phone and remove important features and apps, leaving an Operating System which doesn’t really represent Google Android.
That’s where custom ROMs step in - the aim of a custom ROM is to create a clean, unbranded, stable version of Android – in other words, 100% pure Google Android without the 3rd party apps and network bloatware.
At the moment, custom ROMs are currently the only way to get Android 2.3 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onto your Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade / ZTE u-v880. These custom ROMs are based on official Android builds, which are shipped with the phone by carriers in other countries. Using these builds, developers have produced versions of Android 2.3 / Android 4.0 that will work on all variations of the Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade.
There are many custom ROMs available for the Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade / ZTE u-v880. Do you simply want to install the best custom ROM? If so, follow our beginner friendly guide on How to install Android 2.3 from scratch on the Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade / ZTE u-v800, where we will guide you from start to finish.
It is near impossible to brick your phone whilst following our guide on how to install Android 2.3 / Android 4.0. It can be done straight from your phone, and as long as you follow the steps in the correct order you will be up and running Android 2.3 / 4.0 in no time!