CyanogenMod sprints past the 500k installs mark
Last month, I commented on how the mod community is finally starting to get some respect from manufacturers, as seen in the loosening of policies on locked bootloaders by Motorola, HTC and Sony Ericsson, and with Samsung giving Galaxy S II handsets to Cyanogen developers to work on builds of the popular CyanogenMod for the device (which is just around the corner.) Now, CyanogenMod has hit a milestone in its install base, crossing the 500,000 mark.
As of the writing of this article, CyanogenMod was sitting at just under 510,000 with ~381,000 official installs, and 129,000 unofficial installs (KANGs). The install base is averaging about 4k new installs per day.
Of course, a total number of 510k isn't that much when you consider that Android is supposedly activating 550k new devices per day. That said, even though CyanogenMod is the most popular custom ROM, it still represents only a fraction of rooted devices running custom ROMs. CyanogenMod is popular because of its ubiquity. Most major devices, barring any real anti-hacking tech in the bootloader, will have a CyanogenMod build. And, the team is amazing at pushing out fast, reliable updates, often faster than any manufacturer would.
It may be a small community, but it surely has a lot of influence, and we're looking forward to seeing the updates and features added in the future CyanogenMod releases.