Google Pixel XL was launched in 2016, with Android 9.0 out of the box. The device features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. Google Pixel XL sports a single rear camera setup with a 12.3 MP.
As we know, Android has a huge community and developer base to develop its custom ROM. A custom ROM is an aftermarket firmware based on the latest Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code. As soon as Google drops the new source code of their new version of the AOSP, the modding community starts their work towards bringing the new version of Android to more and more devices in the form of custom ROMs. Many users are looking forward to installing the vanilla Android experience OS instead of waiting for the official stock firmware from OEM.
Advantages of Custom ROM:
The main reason why people love custom ROM is that the OEM (smartphone manufacturer) support their new device for 2-3 years, and later they drop it. On the other hand, A custom ROM helps keep your device alive and updated with the latest version of Android. The custom ROM brings new features to the devices and brings a vanilla experience instead of bloatware from OEM.
How to Install Custom ROM on Google Pixel XL
To install the Custom ROM on your Google Pixel XL, one must unlock the bootloader with TWRP Recovery or any custom recovery that supports custom ROM installation. But before installing the custom ROM, it’s always important to take backup and store it in your pen drive, PC, or any disk drive.
Most custom ROM doesn’t come pre-built with GApps (Also known as Google Apps); you may have to flash a GApps package such as OpenGapps, NikGApps, or any GApps file that supports the custom ROM.
Best Custom ROM for Google Pixel XL
PixelExperience is an AOSP based ROM, with Google apps included and all Pixel goodies (launcher, wallpapers, icons, fonts, boot animation).
Download | XDA Developer: PixelBoot
crDroid is designed to increase performance and reliability over stock Android for your device, also attempting to bring many of the best features existent today
Download | XDA Developer: blckbear
Lineage OS is one of the best custom ROM for any Android smartphone. Lineage ROM comes with a lot of features such as Customizable Status bar, Theme, Resizing Nav bar, Nav Bar color, and customization, Quick Toggle feature, and more other features.
Download | XDA Developer: npjohnson
AOSP Extended is an AOSP based ROM that provides stock UI/UX with various customizations features along with the Substratum theme engine.
Download | XDA Developer: AntiBillOS
We will keep this post updated once there’s more version of the custom ROM.