CyanogenMod Easy Click-Through Installer Hits Google Play Store
November 12, 2013 6:31 PM
comment(s) - last by
Just a few clickity-clicks and you'll have that latest Android distro that your carrier denied you
For the masses waiting on their
oft laggard Android carrier and OEM
to update their device to the latest and greatest version of Google Inc.'s (
) operating system (which is currently
Android 4.4 "KitKat"
) CyanogenMod (aka "CM") has
offered an escape route
While the reach of this replacement firmware package was long limited by complicated installation procedures -- procedures that required a fair degree of user tech savvy as the user navigated through as many as 20 steps (a process CM's authors described as admittedly "brutal") -- as many as 24 million Android users may already have taken the plunge, according to CEO Kirk McMaster (this estimate includes unregistered users; 9 million users went through the trouble of officially registering themselves).
Now that reach is poised to expand dramatically as CM has released -- as promised -- an installer app to grossly simplify this process. To get started you just grab the CM installer
from the Google Play store
(the installer was at last approved today),
grab the PC client app
, and connect your Android tablet or smartphone to the PC. From there the client takes over, requiring just a few straightforward approval click-throughs. Behind the scenes the installer app and PC client use scripting to do all that heavy, geeky lifting for you, allowing the tech "n00b" and enthusiast alike to experience CM.
The Android device-side app [Image Source: Google Play]
A full list of compatible devices is available
and it looks quite extensive.
Experienced users might want to opt to download the early nightly builds of CM 11 (which includes Google's new KitKat improvements) instead of the Jelly Bean-based CM 10 which is included with the easy installer.
The only disappointing news is that the KitKat distributions for CM remain in the beta phase (as CyanogenMod 11). They're available
for experienced users willing to deal with potential bugs, but for entry-level users who opt for the easy-installer it appears they'll be receiving CM 10, which is based on the Android 4.3.1 ("Jelly Bean") source.
Company founder Steve "Cyanogen" Kondik,
Our goal for the installer has always been to allow more users to experience the benefits of CyanogenMod, without the hassles of technical guides and concerns associated with the process. I’m especially pleased by the support the community has shown for our initiative and want to thank all those that helped beta test the installer.
In addition to making the latest version of Android available to device owners quicker than U.S. carriers/OEMs, CM also snags security features both from third parties and other parts of Google's development tree (e.g. CM boasted SELinux enforcing improvements, back when they were only
available as part of special distributions like KNOX
It is a notch above other replacement firmwares (generally) in that it allows you to tune the setup to your speakers with DSPManager, and updates itself via over-the-air (OTA) updates, reducing any sort maintenance chores for the user.
Once a hobby project for Mr. Kondik, CyanogenMod is now being developed actively by a small engineering team, and
scored $7M USD
in a recent round of venture capital funding.
CyanogenMod on Google Play
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
11/15/2013 1:18:00 PM
I do, but you know what I mean as well. I really think you are expecting too much. CM gives you something for nothing... Something really great in most cases...
You are sitting back and picking cases where they aren't giving you something good enough for free. Come on. Gift horse.
"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay
Nexus 5, Android 4.4 "Kit Kat" Arrive Today
October 31, 2013, 5:20 PM
CyanogenMod To Release Two-Step Easy Installer, Plots World Domination
September 18, 2013, 6:04 PM
Report: FBI Looks to Dump BlackBerry, Get Samsung Android-based Smartphones
July 22, 2013, 6:15 PM
Quick Note: CyanogenMod Hits 5 Million Users
May 16, 2013, 1:42 PM
ACLU Complaint Claims "Slow" Android Updates are Endangering People
April 22, 2013, 2:01 PM
Quick Note: Special 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 Raises $128,000 for Charity
January 26, 2015, 4:14 PM
Microsoft to Close Nokia Store, May Lose Over a Hundred Thousand Apps
January 26, 2015, 11:15 AM
BlackBerry CEO Claims Devs are Violating Net Neutrality by Not Supporting BB10
January 22, 2015, 4:37 PM
Will Google Become America's Fifth Major Carrier?
January 22, 2015, 12:42 PM
Report: Samsung Drops Snapdragon 810 From Galaxy S6, Will Use Its Own Chips
January 21, 2015, 1:47 PM
Report: Windows 10 Preview to Expand to Mobile Devices in February
January 20, 2015, 2:24 PM
Most Popular Articles
Microsoft Shows Off Latest Windows 10 Build, Preps it for Next Week Release
January 21, 2015, 2:57 PM
Under the Hood: How DirectX 11.3 and 12 Will Supercharge Windows 10 Gaming
January 23, 2015, 12:34 PM
IDC: 2014 Sales Show PC Isn't Dead, But Desktop May be Dying
January 19, 2015, 1:50 PM
Police are Using New Handheld Radar Sensors to Peer Into Houses w/out Warrant
January 20, 2015, 1:35 PM
Report: HTC One M9 (2015) is Tied to Under Armour-Powered HTC Smartwatch
January 19, 2015, 11:10 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information