Just under a month ago I wrote a post on how I plucked up the courage to installed a custom ROM onto my ancient tablet. Since then – last night, actually – I have upgraded from KatKiss 4.4.2_23 to 4.4.2_24. I haven’t used my tablet much since last night so I will just make one obvious implementation (apart from my background change and widget changes, that is) I noticed from the previous install:
After KatKiss upgrade:
The new KatKiss upgrade allows for the opening of more than two windows so you can multi-task to a certain degree. There is an ability to float windows or split the screen into multiple sections. There is more info on what KatKiss offers on the XDA-Developers forums.
Now, onto the pros and cons of KatKiss:
- Very little to no lag
- Tablet performs just as well after being left on standby mode. My tablet with ICS use to struggle to do basic tasks when it was left on standby so I have to switch it on and off quite a lot.
- Games don’t freeze, even after reinstalling a majority of my apps and adding new ones. My simulation games used to freeze or force shut down.
- Better Wi-Fi connection/reception.
- [Edit 05.04] The responsiveness compared with ICS is devastatingly huge. It only occurred to me just how slow my tablet was when I had to temporary revert back to ICS after I made an error.
- Doesn’t always switch off properly so I sometimes have to cold boot the tablet.
- The volume is much lower than it was with the original OS
- I noticed that the volume isn’t “balanced” (for lack of a better word), thus one of my ears feels left out when listening to audio. This issue has possibly been fixed with the most recent update…?
- Screen flickers but I’m not sure whether that’s a bug with the ROM or an app I installed.
Disregarding the even number of bullet points this custom ROM’s main purposes are efficiency, speed and responsiveness. KatKiss accomplishes all three.
In short: I’m glad I installed KatKiss.