What is CyanogenMod and why is it good for you

What is CyanogenMod and why is it good for you
If you have never heard of CyanogenMod before, then you must have never been really interested in modifying your stock Android smartphone. That is okay – few people really bother, but the ones that do choose to find out how deep the rabbit hole goes are in for quite a treat.

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.

Home screen

Home screen

DSP equilizer

DSP equilizer

Theme chooser

Theme chooser

Incognito mode

Incognito mode

Cyanogenmod settings

Cyanogenmod settings


The developer responsible for CyanogenMod's existence is Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik. Nevertheless, he is backed up by dozens of other Android enthusiasts who actively participate in the ROM's further development. They are all supporters of the open source ideology – even though donating to the project is greatly appreciated, none of the developers expect any monetary gain in return. Everybody is free to install CyanogenMod and use it as long as they wish.

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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38 Comments

1. WDBJ unregistered

Liquid Smooth Roms. Gingerbread 1.9 ;)

2. Normil

Posts: 17; Member since: May 02, 2011

Why did you put a smiley face queerbait?

4. Normil

Posts: 17; Member since: May 02, 2011

Just joking WDBJ

9. realism121

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 16, 2008

queerbait?! seriously? what year is it and what grade are you in?

12. Normil

Posts: 17; Member since: May 02, 2011

Its 2011 and Im in 10th Duh! Earth to Realism get with the times!

32. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

I lold hard at this banter!! The word queerbait should make a comeback!

3. bling bling unregistered

thanks cyanogen 7 for freeing me and making my htc desire the desire of my heart

5. deago78

Posts: 163; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Oh boy..

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Looks fun. However, I'm okay with my stock X. You guys need a better editor.

27. Lucas777

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?

29. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

yes it allows you to set your scp clock speed it allows you access to system files and to modify pretty much the entire android experiance.. roms are the most common way of playing with it.

30. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

I have my Ally Rooted with the Velocity rom however if this was available to me i would install it immediately

40. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

ya i get roms and overclocking... but is there other stuff? when i rooted my captivate i didnt change anything except bypass the att restrictions...

41. MrFantasma

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!

45. protozeloz

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

46. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

ohh and calibrate your battery according to an app (like not haven't it turned off at 5%)

49. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

okay thanks... that was what i was looking for.. and y afor above i did the lagfix too... that was nice

50. protozeloz

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....

31. rebith75 unregistered

....classic dumb consumer, "okay" with Blur, feel sorry for this guy

54. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Or maybe he's not a complete dork and doesnt have time or patience for it...? Maybe?

10. seeds

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

my favourit custom rom celan, simple, very customized, free & very speedy server to download LOL

11. phbelov

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

Thanks for the article!

13. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I have it on my Viewsonic G Tab, and it's amazing.

14. shawndog1

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 .

33. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

You can always unroot and bring it back to stock in case you need to send it in for warranty repair. It's an easy process that takes about 10 minutes.

15. fanesxx

Posts: 74; Member since: May 19, 2011

my htc hero stills running smooth on gingerbread

17. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

cyanogen is great but i cant help but be an htc sense guy after 3.0... the lock screen is genius. and the rom is actually pretty fluid considering sense 3.0 was made for dual core processors

20. Phonecall01 unregistered

EVO + CM7 = Battery last AAAALLLL day !!

22. BlackCoffee

Posts: 6; Member since: May 13, 2011

CyanogenMod in Nexus S >> FTW !!

23. cmfan unregistered

Been running cm since the first release on my G1. Now still going strong on my nexus one. Even tried the nightlies for a while. Greatest rom ever.

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