CyanogenMod 10.1 M3 is the latest stable build of the most popular custom ROM
Unlike the Nightly builds, which tend to come out more often, but often contain various bugs and other issues, the M builds like this one and released once a month. This ensures that they have the latest features but are also much more stable and bug-free than the Nightlies. CyanogenMod 10.1 M3 is based on the latest Android version, which is 4.2 Jelly Bean, so you can be sure that it's going to have all stock Android features as well. There's probably not much use in installing it in case you have a stock Android phone or tablet like the Nexus line, but in case the custom UI of your device is not really your cup of tea, it might be worth it to consider installing CyanogenMod 10.1 M3. Speaking of which, here's the full list of supported devices, as well as the download links after that:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1 (Wi-Fi)
- Samsung Galaxy S III (Verizon)
- Samsung Galaxy S III (Sprint)
- Samsung Galaxy S III (T-Mobile)
- Samsung Galaxy S III (Cricket)
- Samsung Galaxy S III (MetroPCS)
- Samsung Galaxy S III (AT&T)
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″
- Amazon Kindle Fire
- Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
- HTC One X
- Samsung Galaxy Note (T-Mobile)
- Samsung Galaxy Note (AT&T)
- Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
- LG Optimus L9
- LG Spectrum
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Sprint)
- Google Nexus 7 (GSM)
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon)
- LG Optimus LTE (SK Telecom)
- Google Nexus Q
- LG Nitro HD / Optimus LTE
- Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1 (GSM)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (Wi-Fi)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (GSM)
- Google Nexus 4
- Google Galaxy Nexus (GSM)
- Samsung Galaxy S II (G)
- Google Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi)
- Samsung Epic 4G
- Google Nexus S 4G
- Google Nexus S
- Acer Iconia Tab A700
source: CyanogenMod (download links) via AndroidAuthority
1. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
Hmmm... Why should one flash a custom ROM to a Nexus 4 when it is always kept up to date by google?
3. tomn1ce (Posts: 101; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)
Could it be because of the tweaks included in the rom that google doesn't provide on stock android. I have a G-Nexus and I have a custom rom just because of the tweaks included in the rom.
5. ChrisG (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
Exactly. I have a Galaxy Nexus also and love the ability to have 5 columns and 5 rows of icons/folders on my home screens, which makes more room for widgets, too. Using CM 10.1 instead of stock Android just gives you more flexibility and control over your phone. The performance controls are nice, too (CPU governor, GPU speed, etc.).
6. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
@chrisG Sorry, There is a point in jabreaking iDevices. but Android is tweak-able to a great depth unlike skin deep iOS. If the tweak included in the ROM is overclocking the phone's CPU... that would be unnecessary in the modern smartphones (as they are fast enough)
9. sorcio46 (Posts: 395; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
With the CM10.1 on my Nexus 4 o 7 I got way mooore personalization ad tweaks ;-)
11. deathgod (Posts: 120; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
It's not only CPU speed increases but extra features like customizing the notification light to different colours for different apps/events, color controls, pie controls etc. There's lots of really neat tweaks added to custom ROMs that make them better than stock in most cases.
16. ChrisG (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
@sheik I guess you didn't read my whole comment, as i also mentioned UI tweaks that you *don't* get in stock Android. And there are many, many more than the one I mentioned (changing the number of rows/columns on the home screens). I agree that there is definitely a point in jailbreaking iPhones, no doubt. But there's also a big point in rooting an Android phone and installing a custom ROM.
20. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I understand what you are saying. I I have felt that way over the past few years. Mostly it had to do with Motorola phones being locked down tighter than other Android phones.
Think of a ROM as an all-in-one for different features, tweaks you ....might.....can do or get on your own.
Although...some things in ROMs, you might cant do or get on your own.
10. SleepingOz (unregistered)
To get more than Google has to offer.
13. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Custom roms are nice if you're upgrading from old versions of Android, chiefly Gingerbread 2.3. Placing 4.0 on a phone with 2.3 makes it feel like a new device - and faster too.
However, I don't see the point of putting a custom rom on Nexus devices since they always get the latest updates. On the XDA forums, I remember there was a crapton of people asking for help how to flash the stock rom back onto their devices in order to receive the new 4.2.2.
17. ChrisG (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
@geodude074 CyanogenMod 10.1 is based on 4.2.2; not sure about other ROMs that are out there. And there might be instances when you'd want to run stock Android and keep your phone unrooted, as some (very few) apps won't work on a rooted phone. But even on a Nexus device, having the extra controls and customizability (if that's a word) is a real plus.
I completely agree with you about updating an older phone with a custom ROM; I had my Galaxy S Captivate running CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2.2) for a short while before I sold it. It ran really well and, as you said, made it seem like a brand new phone! :-)
14. poopApple (banned) (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)
bcoz we love experimenting with android
18. bigdawg23 (Posts: 362; Member since: 25 May 2011)
Like others have said CM adds some great tweaks. They make a AOSP rom even better.
In the past when I put this on my Galaxy Note the battery life goes from bad to worse. I may have to take another swing at it.
2. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
So........where's the Sony Xperia Z? :P
8. sorcio46 (Posts: 395; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Isn't officially supported bu the CM Team, but is supported by the team Free Xperia which provides the CM10.1 to it ;-)
4. fragje (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)
after installing cm10 on my n7 the other day it just got soooo sloooooow, so i dont think i'll stick to it much longer and prolly revert back to stock :o
7. zeropants (Posts: 24; Member since: 31 May 2012)
No official for the Note 2...that's disappointing.
12. SleepingOz (unregistered)
The nightly builds are more than stable to use as a daily driver with no problem whatsoever.
But IMHO, it's a shame to put CM10.1 or any AOSP based ROM on a Note. You'll lose all the extra features that make a Note, A NOTE.
19. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
Couldn't of said it better. Switched back and forth for months from AOKP and TouchWiz. Now I have the best of both worlds. A complete stock holo theme on top TouchWiz is perfection right now for me.
15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5588; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
now we just need official builds for our newly unlocked Snapdragon powered Motorolas. i'm just waiting on Hascode to fix the camera in his CM10.1 build before i go ahead and unlock my MAXX HD to flash it..