Resurrection Remix: The OS That Brings Your Android Device Back from the Dead
At the Dark Android Project, I generally recommend either loading CyanogenMod or AOSP onto your Android device. Getting away from Alphabet/Google’s ever-increasing control of the OS is doing more harm than good, in my opinion (and if you want to be really saucy, don’t even use the Google Play Store, use F-Droid instead). But those recommendations were never meant to be the only ones, they just happened to be the most popular.
But now there is a new entrant into Dark Android-recommended Android-based operating systems: Resurrection Remix.
With the more specific goal of taking older hardware and bringing it up to the latest security and code developments in Android, this open source “Google Android-alternative” has all the right moves, in my opinion. Open source is good to start, and the fact that it integrates updates and developments from Google, CyanogenMod, Omni, Paranoid Android, AOKP and Slim ROMs into one Android Lollipop-based package (it’s not Marshmallow, but I’m sure it will get there soon) makes it rather unique among other ROMs.
And while seemingly infinitely customizable, it is excellent on battery life (often a problem with customization in ROMs). But speaking of customizations, one of my favorites is “Pitch Black Mode”, giving the entire OS a dark theme that is black as night. Why Google has yet to make this an option in Android in general is beyond me. I have the same problem whenever I (have to) use Microsoft Word: While Word recently added a black menu system, the page itself is this searing white that makes you go blind day or night. Annoying as Hell. Like the Rolling Stones eloquently said, “Paint it black”. Everything.
Anyway, this subject of breaking away from mobile device manufacturers planned obsolescence pattern of “forcing” you to trash your phone ever 1 or 2 years is not anything new to readers of this blog. Resurrection Remix is in direct conflict with such anti-consumer platitudes, and I think it’s beautiful. This also highlights the advantage of owning Android devices, as compared to iOS devices that are now being rendered useless if you perform any third-party actions. With Android devices, you can put on entire alternative operating systems that give you more freedom and control of your device, instead of getting software updates that remove device features.
Speaking of devices, Resurrection Remix clearly has an excellent dev community around it as the amount of devices this is available on is impressive. Most importantly, the Dark Android-favorite–the 2013 Google Nexus 7 32GB— is on the list, but many other Nexus devices (including the Nexus 9) are also on the compatibility list. And Resurrection Remix makes it a point to make sure that available images for all devices is stable. And many of the devices on the list (from Samsung, HTC, LG, etc.) have been left behind in KitKat, so getting them up to Android Lollipop is a serious advantage (and proves my oft made point about only buying devices that get a community behind them).
Admittedly, Android devices are becoming more and more locked down and non-configurable over time. But that’s why operating systems like Resurrection Remix are so important: To allow our older, still fully functioning, configurable mobile devices to have the latest security features and speed advantages that new versions of Android can provide.
Resurrection Remix is Dark Android approved, and I hope that it continues “resurrect” awesome Android hardware long into the future.
LINK: Resurrection Remix