FireHound 4.3 ROM Review – This ROM Is LIT
So in my previous ROM Review for the Redmi Note 4. I said that I’m the type of person who’s always on the lookout for new ROMs to try on his phone and after the release of LineageOS 15.1 a huge surge of custom Oreo ROMs came popping out of nowhere so I decided to give them a try!
So here’s my review of the FireHound 4.3 – A custom ROM based on LineageOS 15.1 with its own added optimizations and features! But the question is…
Are The Added Benifits Worth It?
The simple answer will be, “It depends” Like every other custom oreo based ROM out there, this ROM too features its own bulk of customization options which on one hand allows you to really dig deep in and transform the phone to your liking which I guess is great. But if you’re shifting from an already custom oreo based ROM (Crdroid, Ressurection Remix, Etc) The customizable options will all feel the same as they really aren’t that different.
However, if you’re on a stock ROM or a ROM that lacks customizable tweaks and pure stock android then I guess this ROM is a good first try. If you’re interested in the ROM by my summary alone then you can download it from the download button below, If you’re a bit unsure and want to know more about the ROM first before you jump, continue reading my analysis…
1. LockScreen - [Firehound 4.3] [Mido]
LockScreen - [Firehound 4.3] [Mido]
2. Defaul HomeScreen - [Firehound 4.3] [Mido]
Defaul HomeScreen - [Firehound 4.3] [Mido]
3. Stock Apps - [Firehound 4.3] [Mido]
Stock Apps - [Firehound 4.3] [Mido]
4. Notification Area - [Firehound 4.3] [Mido]
Notification Area - [Firehound 4.3] [Mido]
5. Battery [Day 5] [Stock Kernel] [Heavy Day] - Firehound 4.3 [Mido]
Battery [Day 5] [Stock Kernel] [Heavy Day] - Firehound 4.3 [Mido]
6. Battery [Day 4] [Revolte Kernel] [Heavy Day] - Firehound 4.3 [Mido]
Battery [Day 4] [Revolte Kernel] [Heavy Day] - Firehound 4.3 [Mido]
7. Battery [Day 6] [Custom Kernel] [Heavy Day] - Firehound 4.3 [Mido]
Battery [Day 6] [Custom Kernel] [Heavy Day] - Firehound 4.3 [Mido]
8. FireHound Essentials - [Firehound 4.3] [Mido]
FireHound Essentials - [Firehound 4.3] [Mido]
9. FireHound Essentials  - [Firehound 4.3] [Mido]
FireHound Essentials  - [Firehound 4.3] [Mido]
the included home launcher is good, Its the same Google Pixel Launcher that could be found on the Pixel phones. This alone makes the experience even more stock like and I appreciate ROMs that does that. Of course, you can install any third party launcher that you may like. But as a stock launcher it really is the best it gets.
Even the included icon pack in this ROM is “appealing” Every icon look almost perfect with details worth praising for. The sad part is that the icon packs only works for the pre-included apps and is more or less useless for every other third-party app you will install.
While the system apps look neat & well themed, All other apps surrounding them sticks out like a sore thumb triggering my OCD to a sky-high limit.
And Hence, I Swapped The Icon Pack With My Own
Often when I install and boot a ROM. One of the first things I do is remove the pre-installed wallpaper with the ones I generally use like Backdrops and stuff. But this is one of the few times where I genuinely liked the included wallpaper collection to the point I used the pre-included ones as my wallpaper.
I know that this is more of a personal preference thing and it will vary from person to person But again, I appreciate ROMs that does this, It adds a layer of personality.
The ROM is running on its own custom kernel which is plenty fast and surprisingly enough comes pre-clocked at 2016Mhz (Max clock speed) out of the box with support for fast charging, screen calibration as well as sound boost so you can stick with the stock kernel if you don’t use any other tweaks & stuff that custom kernels like Electra-Blue, Velvet, or ReVolte provide.
Though you’re always free to install whatever kernel you want so this is not really a concern. Here, the default CPU & GPU Stats for all those wondering
Default CPU Profile: Interactive
- CPU Min Frequency: 652Mhz
- CPU Max Frequency: 2016Mhz
Default GPU Governer: msm-adreno-tz
- GPU Min Frequency: 133Mhz
- CPU Max Frequency: 650Mhz
Throughout my day-to-day use, the ROM was stable to use although (like previously mentioned) the ROM does suffer from random System UI crashes which are kinda annoying, But the time gap between each random crash is long enough for me to tolerate it once in a while. to be honest, everything was mostly great and I expect further performance enhancements with a custom kernel & future patches.
After Installing Custom Kernel:
And here’s the antutu benchmark score after I installed the Revolte Kernel (specifically the winter 18 patch). It’s pretty apparent that there is an increase in performance just by looking at the score but I have to say that I didn’t felt too drastic of a difference while using the phone.
Maybe some extra frames while gaming or maybe better memory management but it really was not that big. Furthermore, I saw some dips in my battery life for the increase in performance. Of course, you can underclock the clock speeds to stretch your battery life
I did this to give you an idea of what to expect if you wanna install a custom kernel
I know that battery life will differ from person to person but I decided to add these in just to give you a raw context. My “Heavy Use” includes
- Using 4G LTE [All Time]
- Tethering That Data To My Laptop Through Hotspot [All Time]
- Watching Cat Videos
- Watching More Cat Videos
- Playing 1-2 Hours Games [PUBG, Vainglory, Etc]
- Using Social Media Back & Forth
- Reading Articles About Cats Online.
I also added the battery stats after installing a custom kernel so that you can check it out as well. (And yes, I change my setting’s theme colors every day)
1. FireHound 4.3 Settings's [Status Bar Tweaks]
2. FireHound 4.3 Settings's [Quick Setting Tweaks]
3. FireHound 4.3 Settings's [Notification Tweaks]
4. FireHound 4.3 Settings's [LockScreen Tweaks]
5. FireHound 4.3 Settings's [Recents Tweaks]
6. FireHound 4.3 Settings's [Hardware Button Tweaks]
7. FireHound 4.3 Settings's [Navigation Bar Tweaks]
8. FireHound 4.3 Settings's [UI & UX Tweaks]
9. FireHound 4.3 Settings's [Sound Tweaks]
10. FireHound 4.3 Settings's [Animation Tweaks]
11. FireHound 4.3 Settings's [Gesture Tweaks]
12. FireHound 4.3 Settings's [Miscellaneous Tweaks]
The ROM comes with plenty of customization options built in it which could be accessed in the “Ashes” panel in settings or by opening the “essentials” pre-installed app. The options are pretty much the standard of what I come to expect from a custom ROM. As can be seen from the screenshots provided above.
This ROM has plenty of headroom for customization and you would love it if you came from Miui or any Stock AOSP ROM. But at the same time, If you’re coming here from any other custom ROM, as I mentioned above. You won’t be seeing any much of a difference.
Random Stutters: Now this isn’t something that I felt on daily use but the ROM does have the tendency to drift from consciousness and just stop responding. Its especially annoying when you’re doing some important shit like browsing memes and stuff. Fiddling with the kernel and increasing/decreasing CPU & GPU clocks doesn’t help either.
Kinda “Slow” Animations: Now this is more of a personal preference thing but the stock system animation that comes with the ROM are set at a speed so slow that it’s kinda annoying. I mean, I know that they did it to make the animation look smoother and they actually really do feel smooth but its that after a few hours it kinda feels like the ROM is just “slow” especially when you’re switching between 2 or more apps at the same time.
Granted, you can bump up the animation speed in the developer settings so it’s not that big of a problem but it is something that I felt important to mention
Youtube Crash: This bug is prevalent in almost all of the Oreo ROMs out there and is not exclusive to this one but I often found the Youtube App (Even the tubemate app) to crash occasionally while playing a video and not only that but sometimes they don’t even crash but just stop responding when you click on a video. It may be an error on Youtube’s part but the fact that I’ve encountered this bug on almost all of the Oreo ROMs I’ve tested makes me think its more than just that.
And that sums up all of my feelings & experience with the ROM, If you are interested in checking it out but haven’t installed a custom ROM before, I’ve attached a detailed step by step installation guide below 🙂
Credits For The ROM
Thanks To The Hard Work Of XDA Users
- @IamJoker03 (Contributor / Thread Owner)
As Well As Other People Like
Thanks To These Kind Folks, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Users Can Flash New FireHound 4.3 [Android Oreo 8.1] ROMs On Their Phones! I Highly Recommend Checking Out Other Works Of These Guys As Well As Donate If You Find Their Work Awesome 🙂
Things You Need
In Order To Flash The New Android Oreo ROM, Your Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Should Be Rooted And Have A Custom TWRP Recovery Installed On It. If However You Don’t Know How To Root Your Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Or You Don’t Have A Custom Recovery Installed. You Can First Check Out These Guides!
Download Android Oreo ROM Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Users who are interested in the ROM can download it from the Android File Host’s Download Page. Currently, the ROM is available for these models so please tap on the download link specific for your device.
Redmi Note 4 [Mido]
How To Flash A Rom Tutorial
So if you’re interested in trying out the ROM (Which you should) But you don’t know How To Flash A ROM then you can check out this little tutorial that I’ve written on How To Flash A ROM On Your Device.
NOTE: The Tutorial Used Below Is A Universal One Because I Can’t Rewrite One For Every single Phone. Due To That, The ScreenShot You May See Below Show A Different ROM.zip But Don’t Worry The Steps Are Legit And Will Work On Every Phone Running TWRP Recoveries 🙂
- Your Device Should Be Rooted With TWRP Custom Recovery Installed.
- Backup Your Current Data.
- Battery Should Be Above 25%.
- Download The Android Nougat ROM From Above.
- Put The Downloaded ROM In Your SD Card.
Step 1: Entering Recovery Mode
Shut Down Your Device and wait till it’s completely turned off (You’ll hear a buzz sound when it’s completely turned off) after which enter the Recovery mode by pressing the Home Button + Volume Up + Power Button at the same until you see the Samsung boot logo pop-up.
Step 2: Wiping The System
Once you’re in the recovery, The home screen would look like this. In the menu that you can see, tap on the “Wipe” Tile to enter the Wiping Zone.
Step 3: Advance Wiping.
Once you enter the wiping zone. Tap on “Advance Wipe” & select all the following items.
- Dalvik/ART Cache.
Once you’ve selected these items, slide the bar below to wipe. After the wipe is done, Go back to the home screen by pressing the software keys at the bottom of the screen.
Step 4: Installing The ROM
On the home screen, Tap on the “Install” Tile to open Installation menu. In the Installation menu browse through the files & select the ROM that you’ve downloaded.
- Example – Storage/ External_SD-Card / Custom ROM / Custom_ROM.zip
Browsing For ROM [Part 2] [TWRP 126.96.36.199] - AndroidCUT
Browsing For ROM [Part 1] [TWRP 188.8.131.52] - AndroidCUT
NOTE: Of course, You’re Not Suppose To Flash The “Custom ROM.zip” It’s Just An Example ScreenShot I’ve Put There Just To Make Things Easier To Understand. (Also I Can’t Possibly Add A New Screenshot To Each Post)
Once you’ve found the ROM, tap on it to select and just like last time, Slide the bar on the bottom to flash it. The ROM flashing process will now start & will take 4-5 Minutes to complete After which you need to flash the GApps Which Can Be Found From The Conveniently Placed Links Below.
- Arm64 GApps for Android 8.1.0 Oreo | Download
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