The fiercest competition that CyanogenMOD has received since its launched started out as a small custom ROM project on the Galaxy Nexus. Since then, it grew into something amazing. AOKP, or Android Open Kang Project, reimagines the stock Google experience, adding a bit of flair and colour to an otherwise-dull palette.
Whereas CyanogenMOD focuses on supporting as many devices as possible, AOKP tends to promote features. The team has been active since November doing a complete rewrite of its codebase, and the result is a MR1 build of AOKP Jelly Bean 4.2.1 for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus. Other builds will come later, but there is definitely a sense that these three devices are going to stay the “hero” models for the AOKP team going forward. No clue why the Nexus 10 wasn’t supported, but it’s likely they haven’t scaled many of the navbar features to the 10-inch wide screen yet.
AOKP offers some unique features over CyanogenMOD, including notification backgrounds, a notification bar brightness slider, a customizable navbar and lots more.
The full changelog, and a list of downloads, is available from the AOKP website.