What is CyanogenMod and why is it good for you
posted by Nick T. / May 26, 2011, 8:34 AM
You see, the Android platform is open source – it was made to be tinkered with, optimized, and redistributed freely. Unfortunately, carriers do not think the same way and have long imposed certain restrictions upon the smartphones that they sell. Sure enough, the tireless hoards of Android enthusiasts have already found workarounds to these restrictions, and obtaining absolute access to an Android device is now possible through a process called rooting.
Rooting is what allows users to easily replace the smartphone's stock firmware with a different one. Ever since the process was discovered, developers have been making their own custom ROMs and distributing them throughout the Android community. Nevertheless, CyanogenMod has undoubtedly become the most popular one of them with over 200,000 active users and support for over 30 different devices.
CyanogenMod's main purpose is to make your smartphone a better, faster, and more versatile device. First of all, it delivers a pure Android experience with none of the bloatware, skins, and UI customizations that most manufactures tend to ship their devices with. That noticeably improves the smartphone's overall performance, responsiveness, and battery life. Second of all, CyanogenMod is always built on top of Android's latest version, which means that you get the most up-to-date software experience even if your smartphone's manufacturer has not released an update yet. Furthermore, you get support for FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB tethering, continuous autofocus while shooting videos, and a special incognito mode for the times when you want your browsing history to remain unrecorded. The list of improvements and customization options just keeps on going, and new features are being added quite often.
However, there is always one little thing that needs to be pointed out – tinkering with the smartphone's firmware is not 100 percent fool-proof. There is always the slight risk of ending up with a bricked device if something goes wrong, so everybody who is brave enough to install CyanogenMod onto their smartphone is advised to be extra cautious.
Feel free to check out CyanogenMod's official web page.
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posted on May 26, 2011, 9:07 AM 2
Posts: 17; Member since: May 02, 2011
Why did you put a smiley face queerbait?
posted on May 26, 2011, 9:22 AM 2
Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009
Looks fun. However, I'm okay with my stock X. You guys need a better editor.
posted on May 26, 2011, 9:50 AM 2
Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011
do u have ur x rooted? does rooting do anything else for u besides allow stuff like cyanogen?
posted on May 26, 2011, 6:31 PM 0
Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 06, 2011
what do you want? I mean removing restrictions alone should be a good reason. anyway when i rooted my captivate and installed a good ROM it made the sensors work better and also i added the lagfix made my captivate blazing fast!
posted on May 27, 2011, 2:43 AM 0
Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010
with rooted phones you can -Sideload apps (att) -Control the clock speed on the processor -enable a certain market (US android market for me) -remove bloataware and crapaware -tether for free -install custom room (in care you aren't that good ad modifying your stuff) -choose the screen density - its all Ive used so far, but you can go search the android market for applications that usse root to do stuff
posted on May 27, 2011, 7:12 AM 0
Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010
I usually dont use cyanogen even if is pretty good and has some nice stuff, I just like rooting my phone and removing some of the stuff I don't want and manage my processor clock to save power, I can tweak my phone to work pretty smooth by changing a few things, but its a nice addition to anyone who wants to mess around with their phones more than that....
posted on May 27, 2011, 7:46 PM 0
....classic dumb consumer, "okay" with Blur, feel sorry for this guy
posted on May 26, 2011, 8:21 PM 2
Posts: 34; Member since: May 21, 2011
Thank ill wait till my contract is up before experimenting with things like this . It is tempting though .
posted on May 26, 2011, 11:44 AM 0
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