If you’ve ever used ROM Manager by ClockworkMod, you know the basics of this: ROM Installer is an application that checks a repository of ROMs that are available for your device, and it can even download and install them for you.
ROM Installer adds features beyond those found in ROM Manager, such as the ability to flash font packs, Google Apps, and Superuser; along with a bunch of ROM Extras that include ROM Toolbox, a Busybox installer, Goo Manager, Root Browser, ZIPme, WiFi Tether for Root Users, BBQScreen, SuperSU, an ad blocker hosts file, and several different boot animations. It can also download and flash updated or older versions of your custom recovery.
This is an amazing collection of tools, tweaks, and ROMs in one location. But unfortunately, much like ROM Manager, the ROM selection is extremely limited and outdated (at least on the ROMs I can check). The HTC EVO 4G LTE section has five options listed, with two of them being premium features, and the remaining ROMs include a version of Stock With Goodies that’s based on an OTA that was released in August of last year. Additionally, the Avatar ROM listed hasn’t been updated in a month.
That shouldn’t detract from the tool though, as it’s amazing in and of itself; even without a ROM to flash, it should serve to encourage the EVO ROM development communities to get their ROMs listed. Or perhaps the developer can issue a warning on devices with outdated old ROMs.
I do wonder whether MIUI or CyanogenMod agreed to let their names be linked to a feature that costs users money, but I’ve wondered the same with ClockworkMod’s ROM Manager also. I guess it’s just charging for the service of installing those ROMs, but considering all of them are free, it seems weird to single them out.
ROM Installer is free for almost all of the features as far as I can tell. The only charge comes when you want to download a premium ROM or get the Nandroid Extractor functionality. The price tiers listed break down into $1.50 to remove ads, $2.99 for that plus premium ROMs and OTA updates, and $4.99 to add the Nandroid Extractor.
Download: Google Play