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Millions more remain undocumented

The world's most popular replacement firmware -- CyanogenMod (aka "CM") -- recently attracted venture capital which allowed it to launch a simple, click-through installer, making replacing your sluggishly updated OEM/carrier install of Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android OS a simple process.

While the selection of devices eligible for that click-through installer remains disappointingly small, the tool -- and the added attention it brought -- does appear to be benefiting CM's adoption numbers.

The fimrware cracked the 10 million mark this week in terms of officially registered users, just seven months after cracking the 5 million mark.

CM 10 million
It's over 10 million!

There's still some drawbacks of using CM.  It's not officially endorsed by Google and may void your OEM/carrier warranty.  And for those not eligible for the quick-installer you'll need to carry out more complex installation procedures.

But for those left out of the Android 4.4 "KitKat" party by their carriers/OEMs, the benefits are also great.

CM reports that the most commonly installed build is currently its 10.1 nightlies, which are installed on 1.16 million devices.  Samsung Electronics
Comp., Ltd.'s (KSC:005930) dominance of the Android devices market is testified by the top three CM-equpped devices in terms of registered user numbers:
  1. Samsung Galaxy S -- 510,913 installs
  2. Samsung Galaxy S II -- 494,178
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III -- 458,570
Samsung Galaxy
The Samsung Galaxy S, S2, and S3 (left to right) are the most common CM devices.

Note that CM's strongest appeal is heavily with devices that were once flagship phones, but whose OEMs largely abandoned update-wise.  It's also important to note too that the 10 million number is likely low, as CM users have the choice not to register their install, and CM believes up to 3 out of 5 users decide not to register their devices.  Based on past unofficial estimates, the true installed base could be as high as 25 million CM users worldwide.

Thanks to its over the air (OTA) updates, which vie with even the best supported new Android flagship devices in terms of update speed and bug-testing some OEMs are starting to consider pre-installing CM on their phones.

While its unlikely that we'll see a company like Samsung or LG Electronics, Inc. (KSC:066570) (the #2 Android OEM) embrace CM in lieu of their proprietary bundled firmware alternative, many smaller OEMs may jump onboard.  China's OPPO Electronics Corp. is testing these waters with the OPPO N1 CM edition, which launches tomorrow -- on Christmas Eve.

OPPO N1
The OPPO N1 CM edition will feature its neat swivel camera design, plus pre-installed CM.

There's now Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 800, as OPPO settles for the Snapdragon 600, but that's about the only disappointment on the N1.  The 5.9-inch 1080p smartphone otherwise packs as a high-end spec and features a unique design feature -- a swiveling 13 megapixel, dual-LED flash camera head that offers 206-degrees of swivel freedom, locking in place at the user-specified angle.

While the onboard stacked CMOS 1/3.06 sensor with optical image stabilization won't match the Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)/Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V) Lumia 1020, it does offer a unique take on the smartphone camera which may appeal to some smartphone fans.

Source: CyanogenMod



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No Love for my phone
By phatboye on 12/23/2013 11:23:18 PM , Rating: 2
Too bad the One click Installer does not work on the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III, I would have installed it by now.




RE: No Love for my phone
By Reclaimer77 on 12/23/2013 11:59:02 PM , Rating: 1
That's because an OTA update from Verizon has made it much harder to root your phone, a key step in installing your own ROM.

It can, however, be done. I know this seems like a lot of steps, but it's really pretty easy and requires only the most basic computer skills.

http://theunlockr.com/2013/04/02/how-to-root-the-v...


RE: No Love for my phone
By retrospooty on 12/24/2013 12:03:07 AM , Rating: 1
I still have my old S3 Verizon as a backup. It runs CM11 brilliantly. Like a brand new phone now. Seriously, its easy, just do it... You will wonder what took you so long.


RE: No Love for my phone
By kleinma on 12/24/2013 9:31:20 AM , Rating: 2
I am running a Verizon S3 with CM (latest nightly). The rooting process is pretty simple and you can't really screw it up, you may just have to try it a few times to get it right.


RE: No Love for my phone
By retrospooty on 12/24/2013 12:21:12 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. It's super easy. Anyone with the inkling to visit a tech site like this should be more than comfortable with it. Just follow the steps. Easier than baking a store bought box of cake, and less steps too.


RE: No Love for my phone
By Monkey's Uncle on 12/24/2013 1:05:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Anyone with the inkling to visit a tech site like this should be more than comfortable with it.


You shouldn't assume that. there's a lot of "Apple Geniuses" around here ;)


RE: No Love for my phone
By Monkey's Uncle on 12/24/2013 3:07:50 PM , Rating: 2
PS: Just did the 'one-click' install for giggles.

Hell, even iPhone n00bs should be able to handle that.


RE: No Love for my phone
By retrospooty on 12/24/2013 5:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, but it doesnt work for models with cleverly locked bootloaders like more recent Samsung/Verizon ROM's. The one click doesnt work, but the old download odin and follow a few simple steps way still works. It takes all of 10 mins including reading the instructions if that.


RE: No Love for my phone
By Argon18 on 12/24/2013 5:06:06 PM , Rating: 1
"You shouldn't assume that. there's a lot of "Apple Geniuses" around here ;)"

... and a hefty population of Wintards. :)


RE: No Love for my phone
By half_duplex on 12/26/2013 9:59:28 AM , Rating: 2
LOL

Apple geniuses don't require roots/mods/hacks to get the latest OS on their phone.


RE: No Love for my phone
By retrospooty on 12/26/2013 12:35:36 PM , Rating: 1
The "latest OS" isnt IOS at all. If you mean the "latest release" then yes. IOS has barely changed in years. Calling it "IOS7" is being way too generous. It should be called 2.5 , 3.4 at best.


Proof Read Post
By DaveLessnau on 12/23/2013 8:34:44 PM , Rating: 5
Come on, Jason. The title, for goodness sake:

"CyanogenMod Hits 10 Million Documents Users"

I don't think those 10 million people are users of Cyanogen's documents. I assume it's "documented?"

"The fimrware cracked the 10 million mark..." Is that stuff from Fim 'R Ware Are Us? Firmware.

Also, your CyanogenMod Statistics section isn't sized correctly for the page.




RE: Proof Read Post
By lostdummy on 12/24/2013 6:45:52 AM , Rating: 2
CyanogenMod is not "firmware", it is software or, specifically, "operating system".


RE: Proof Read Post
By Monkey's Uncle on 12/24/2013 1:03:03 PM , Rating: 2
Shows just how little you know.

firmware IS software.

Any software executed directly from non-volatile memory is referred to as firmware and most often used (but not exclusively so) to provide low level, device specific operating system functionality to a device.


RE: Proof Read Post
By Argon18 on 12/24/13, Rating: -1
RE: Proof Read Post
By lostdummy on 12/25/2013 4:38:42 AM , Rating: 2
lol - I did not say that firmware is not sowtware, but that CyanogenMod is NOT FIRMWARE, it is "operating system"

And you need to dust off your definition of firmware. Nowdays most things considered "firmware" are actually executed from RAM, after being loaded from some nonvolatile storage. Even PC BIOS from last century was "shadowed" in RAM in most cases. Also, there are many "gray zones" between firmware and, say, OS : for example, router firmwares.

So, given that your info is incorrect and that many things considered "firmware" are actually executed from RAM, it makes definition of firmware hard to make. If we say that firmwares are only those on EEPROMs and not those on flash, we miss on many devices that have their "firmware" on flash, like routers, TVs, DVDs ...

Personally, I would go with: software necessary for some device to function, which come preloaded on that device and is NOT expected to be UPDATED REGULARLY.

But regardless of which definition YOU prefer, fact remains that CyanogenMod is Android OS, and operates same as Windows OS installed on SSD. So if you call CyanogenMod "firmware", you can call Windows 7 on SSD as "firmware".


RE: Proof Read Post
By kleinma on 12/24/2013 9:33:38 AM , Rating: 5
DailyTech: Yesterday's tech stories today, without all the pesky proof reading!


RE: Proof Read Post
By crimson117 on 12/24/2013 1:52:33 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
DailyTech: Yesterday's tech stories today, without all the pesky proof reading!

Plus a hefty dose of opinion!


Likely More
By Reclaimer77 on 12/23/2013 10:02:27 PM , Rating: 3
I've noticed a great many custom ROM outfits use Cyanogenmod's ROM's as a foundation for their own project. So the number of Cyanogen installations are much higher than even they're estimating.

For example I've recently switched to AvatarROM (http://avatarrom.com/) because I like their focus on themes and customizations, but the base OS is Cyanaogenmod.

To me it doesn't make sense to own a smartphone or tablet where you don't have the option to install different operating systems. These things are computers in every sense, and I certainly wouldn't buy a PC that didn't allow me this same option.




RE: Likely More
By retrospooty on 12/23/2013 10:39:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. Tons of them based of CM... Software designed around what you want, not what the OEMs and carriers want.

CM11 is amazingly stable at such an early stage, the extra money and staff are showing great results.


RE: Likely More
By Spuke on 12/24/2013 3:24:03 PM , Rating: 2
When my G2 gets old, you best believe it will get some CM love.


RE: Likely More
By retrospooty on 12/24/2013 5:05:46 PM , Rating: 2
I have been running CM11 (Android 4.4.2) on my VErizon G2 for sevearl weeks now. FAst, solid, stable. I am actually amazed at how fast the CM team got 4.4 working stable.

The other thing is that "nightlies" are alot better than they used to be. A few years ago "nightlies" meant it boots to the OS (maybe) and any # of things don't work. Today CM "nightlies" basically means all operations function for the most part on most models.


RE: Likely More
By Monkey's Uncle on 12/24/2013 9:34:19 PM , Rating: 2
Trying out CM11 on my SGS4 (Can) tonite.

Not expecting issues since the CM nightlies are usually pretty stable.


RE: Likely More
By Monkey's Uncle on 12/27/2013 10:28:36 AM , Rating: 2
Did the 'one click' install on SGS4 to CM 10.2 (Andy 4.3.1), updated to CM 11 nightly on Dec 24th (needed a full wipe), then OTA update to CM 11 on Christmas day. Jiving the team to generate some more nightlies before doing another OTA update.

All smooth as silk. Do find a bit of video lag shortly after an update, but I suspect that is simply the new classes being JIT compiled into the Dalvik cache on first run. After a few runs everything is smooth and quick - and stays that way.

Finding CM 11 to be relatively bug free and smooth for the most part once it is run-in. Not many glitches found - very refreshing to see on a beta.


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