I am relatively new to rooting and stuff. I have just rooted my android tablet. It's a Chinese tablet, not much about it is available on the internet.

Can I install ROM for another device on my tablet? I saw many videos on YouTube showing "How to install any ROM on any Android device". Does 'any' here mean that I can install, let's say, a Nexus ROM on my tablet?

Is there some generic ROM which can be installed on all androids? If so, can I install this generic ROM and then upgrade to a ROM of another device?

If no, is there a way to do so? (If not, then how do manufacturers put their ROM for the first time?)

  • You may want to look at this thread: forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2105692 which looks like it may be a custom ROM for those devices. Note the warning on the page regarding version 2 devices! Sep 11, 2014 at 15:47
  • @DanDelaney . Thanks a lot. But I want to stress that the purpose of getting a generic ROM was to try out ubuntu on any android device without having the need to port it to every device. I dont think it will serve this purpose ? Sep 12, 2014 at 1:19

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You won't be able to install a ROM from a different device, unless it is ported to your device - there are write-ups on the XDA forums on this. There isn't any generic ROM for all devices. Each device has its own chipset and hardware, that has its own firmware (software) design for it. In order for there to be a generic ROM, it would have to have the software and drivers for every device out on the market. The size of the ROM would be so large it wouldn't fit on most devices, let alone have room for anything else. Manufactures flash the ROM to their devices. From there we the can unlock the boot loaders, flash a custom recovery, install kernels and flash a custom ROM designed/made/ported for our device.

Check out this link and search for your device. http://forum.xda-developers.com/. There are other forums on the internet, but you can search Google for them.

  • Thanx. But as mentioned above, no ROM is there for my device, apart from stock one. However there are many devices with very similar configuration (same processor, RAM etc)for which ROMs are available. Can I install these ROMs on my device ? Sep 11, 2014 at 4:53
  • @Plutoniumsmuggler what device do you have? Aside from that, have i answered your questions
    – HasH_BrowN
    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:57
  • I have Karbonn ST8 (My purpose is not just rooting. Its a little more than that. So I need ROM for different device) Sep 11, 2014 at 5:03
  • @Plutoniumsmuggler "Similar" isn't good enough most of the time. Phone hardware is much less standardized than, say, PC hardware. Specific drivers are thus that much more important. Sep 11, 2014 at 5:35
  • @Plutoniumsmuggler Google Ainol chipset based devices and find one to make a port from, with same specs.
    – HasH_BrowN
    Sep 11, 2014 at 6:06

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