Top 3 Reasons To Use CM M12 Instead Of Stock Lollipop


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There are the crack flashers and then there are the AOSP purist. Some of you believe that the beauty of owning a Nexus device is the fact that you can run pure stock AOSP android without having to flash a Rom or mod. This is great but there are some of you that are a bit disappointed in some of the functionality that is lost in stock Lollipop Android 5.0. Most of this functionality can be regained by installing a custom rom like Cyanogen Mod M12.

Lollipop has an all new recent apps button. This will show you both the apps that you have had open recently and the tabs in Chrome that you have had open recently. This can be useful when trying to go back and forth between apps. The only downside to the new recents app is the fact that there is no easy way to clear them out you have to open the app and swipe each recent away one by one. The Clear all function is totally missing. However the clear all function is present in Cyanogen Mod M12!

With Lollipop being so new Xposed Framework is not yet supported. Xposed Framework allows you to install hundreds of different mods to your device with only root. You can have all the customizations that you would normally get with a rom install without having to run a particular rom. While Xposed is not supported in stock Lollipop it is fully supported in Cyanogen Mod M12.

One final customization that is just an added benefit is that Cyanogen Mod M12 is the reboot menu. This is not a feature present in stock Lollipop, instead you only have the option to Power Off. With Cyanogen Mod you have the option to Power Off, Reboot, and quick toggles for screenshot and other options. There are plenty of reasons to run Cyanogen Mod M12 instead of Lollipop other than the standard tweaks and optimizations that are included.

Thanks @wwjoshdew for the idea
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I'll probably wait until Xposed Framework is updated. I only want a few minor changes. But we'll see, the future is never set in stone.