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CyanogenMod Installer hits the Google Play Store to easily deliver your custom ROM experience

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CyanogenMod Installer hits the Google Play Store to easily deliver your custom ROM experience
We first heard that Cyanogen was planning to launch a CyanogenMod Installer back when the team announced that it was becoming a real company, complete with venture funding and a fancy new Inc. in the name. The idea behind the Installer was to release an app into the Google Play Store to automate the process of installing the custom ROM onto your device.

What the Installer actually does is help you prep your device so the Windows desktop app can do the rest of the work. All the app really does is guide you through turning on ADB debugging and, if need be, switching your file transfer protocol from MTP to PTP. After that, the rest of the work of flashing the custom ROM onto your device is done by the desktop app. 

Right now, the Installer only supports 11 devices, but that doesn't necessarily mean it can only be installed on those 11 devices. The Nexus 5 is not supported, but we were able to install the app. Of course, those 11 supported devices are some of the most popular in the ecosystem and cover the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (both years), Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S II, S 3, S4, Note, Note II, and HTC One. 

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posted on 12 Nov 2013, 16:37 1

1. iqjumpuw (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


About time...

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 17:19 4

2. Shatter (Posts: 2015; Member since: 29 May 2013)


So how many bricks will this lead to?

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 20:48 1

11. bwhiting (Posts: 167; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


too many to count I guess. I give it about a good 4 hours to see what phones get bricked and notated here

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 00:40 1

14. ilia1986 (unregistered)


If you can read you will not brick your phone.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 05:26

16. TheOldOne (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


you have not read the article or never installed a custom rom it seems :(

It goes like this: you cannot install any custom ROM using an app; this is done from the recovery mode (think of it as your computer bios, you need to reboot your phone into the recovery mod).

From there you could either: 1. initiate install of the rom (usually a zip file stored on the internal memory) or 2. push the rom from your computer using adb/fastboot.

As you can see it is quite complicated and this little application is only guide you through the process. I understand there will be a companion PC application in the future to actually do the step2 above easier.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 18:20

3. md227a (Posts: 124; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


My only qualm with this is, say a software update is released to a phone that blocks the root exploit for a phone. What then? Happened to the at&t and vzw GS4's earlier this year. Nice idea hard to maintain with so many devices out there.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 18:41 2

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2668; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Once you flash CM, how would you be getting a carrier update at all? The only updates you get would be straight from CM.

Also, I'd assume the difficulty in maintaining it is why the supported app list is just 11 devices right now.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 20:06

9. md227a (Posts: 124; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Yeah, these exploits are good right now. What about user whomay buy the phone 6 months from now after there was am update.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 20:24

10. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2668; Member since: 26 May 2011)


There is always an exploit. No fix is permanent.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 22:07

12. md227a (Posts: 124; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Tell that to the I337 users who's only option is safestrap and can still only run touchwiz Roms. True there may be an exploit but it could be patched again.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 18:46 1

5. Cyberchum (Posts: 269; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


So does that mean that they have SGS2 in there plans, that we're going to get kitkat after all? I don't just want to dump the 'then' beast yet. Wanted to upgrade but no love left for Exynos and that's what int.l models come with.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 18:49 1

6. bucky (Posts: 1377; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


My favorite android phone to ever come out!

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 19:31 1

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8117; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Here you go.

http://androidfannetwork.com/2013/11/10/list-cm11-unofficial-builds/

My S3 is running 4.4. While WiFi and the Camera doesn't work, ART is amazing. When you swap ART for Dalvik, you lose root privledges (TB and Root Uninstall is denied by SU). Pretty stable for a quick release too.

Have fun!

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 11:44

18. TheOldOne (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


thank you!

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 19:43

8. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


S2 is an absolute pain to build ROMs for.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 08:51

17. Cyberchum (Posts: 269; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


So I learnt and Samsung is culpable for refusing to give out the source code......one of the numerous reasons why i ain't getting an Exynos driven phone again.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 22:27

13. xfire99 (Posts: 472; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Should mention the most important thing in this producere and its the phone will get ROOTED. Same time warranty might be VOID, depend how nice the store bought from and sometime they dont care. But if with new KNOX installed, then warranty will definitely be VOID and at the moment cant be reverted, once ROOTED with KNOX installed.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 00:41

15. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Awesome! This is how it should be done! I hope to see similar things for other roms as well. :)

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