It's amazing what a new look can do for a platform, isn't it? Back in January, we reported that CyanogenMod, the most popular third-party Android ROM, reached one million unique installs. Now, a little more than four months later, that number has doubled, according to CM's stat tracker. This is huge.


For those who are curious as to how the stat counter works, here's a more detailed explanation. The short version is that unique hardware is counted, so reflashes and reinstalls don't count towards the total. From CM's site:

"The data sent includes an non-reversible encrypted hash of your IMEI or MEID, allowing us to track unique devices without compromising privacy."

Cyanogenmod has been in development for years and only reached the million install mark, which included official and unofficial installs (KANGs), just a few months ago. That the ROM has already doubled in userbase is a testament to some pretty insane growth. The new total even includes over a million official installs, so no matter how you count it, CyanogenMod is immensely popular.

It's still a drop in the pond compared to the number of Android devices in the world, which is over 300 million devices as of February (and at a rate of 850k activations a day, it's likely over 375 million by this point), but two million users can only be good for the health of the developer and enthusiast community.

Here's to another great six months. Cheers, CM Team!

Source: CM Stat Counter

Thanks, mr1338!

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Webster

    Awesome. My phone may not be on CM9 (Its not fully ready for the Evo 3D but Sense 4 is), but when it is you can guarantee I'll be using it!

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Nowhere to go but up, especially with so many devices supported. It's interesting to see/know just how many devices are using CM though - 2 million is pretty damn impressive, and that's just those that have reporting enabled.

    It's also very interesting to see which devices are most popular with CM - this list is in the stats as well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      I just can't believe the timeframe that this has happened in, I mean it took a few years to get to a million and now several months later we are at 2 million unique devices. Damn, if that isn't exponential growth I don't know what is!

      I have to say CyanogenMod is my favourite Android ROM but I only know a handful of other people who use it. Having said that I have been a fan since I downloaded CM7 and now I use CM9 with no issue.To another million CyanogenMod!

  • LazarusDark

    A lot of people, like me and several I know, are waiting on final CM9. I suspect there may be an explosion of installs then.
    I had CM7 on my OG Droid and definitely miss it, but stock ICS on Gnex is still very usable while waiting on CM9.

    • Greg Sanders

      You sir are missing out.

      Tons of great features already, and it's rock solid. Just today I got lockscreen weather widget. 

      • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

        Try AOKP, its like the CM7 of ICS. It has had the weather on lockscreen and status bar for ages, in addition to many, many other features.  It's what I'm using until CM comes up to speed.  And note that I had been using CM9 for ever, I only switched to AOKP about a month ago, and I love it!

        • Brandenlinch

          Aokp is built from CMs source if I'm not mistaken

          • Gabriel Féron

            You are definitely not mistaken. It's fully based on CM9 and each iteration of AOKP merges all the stuff from CyanogenMod.

        • derekross

          I've found CM9 more stable than AOKP. AOKP is feature packed, but at a cost it may seem.

      • Robert Oliveira

        I played with the lockscreen weather widget (Yahoo! weather) but I found the location name wasn't updating along with the weather info. That's weird at best...

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      I agree with Greg Sanders,

      CM9 is very stable (even for a nightly) all that's missing are features which are slowly being added in every day.

      You are missing out on the fun, LazarusDark!

  • skitchbeatz

    CM9 hasn't been released yet.. so does it count as an official build?

    • Greg Sanders

      yes. Anything built with their build servers counts.

    • johndoe

      Hasn't been released yet? What rock are you under? Using a infuse 4g that Samsung viamently said would not support it, but runs silky smooth thanks to entropy over at xda... more like Samsung had no balls to make a variant of the sgs2 ics build for the sgs1.5 called the infuse...

  • Brian Haslip

    2 million is seriously impressive. Any time I buy a new phone, I base part of my decision on what to buy on if CM is being developed for it. CM will always be my rom of choice. Running unofficial CM9 on my E4GT right now, thanks to sbrissen and Darchstar.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I'm suprised that AOKP hasn't made that big a dent in CM. Considering how many people left CM for AOKP its very impressive! And that too they haven't had their feature freeze for CM9 yet.

  • http://oracletuningcorner.com/ Jithin Sarath

    WoW! I persuaded my Touchwiz addict brother to move to CM9 nightlies in his SGSII. He is still exploring the amazing ROM..

  • http://oracletuningcorner.com/ Jithin Sarath

    WoW! I persuaded my Touchwiz addict brother to move to CM9 nightlies in his SGSII. He is still exploring the amazing ROM..

  • Daniel

    Wow love it always used cm.where possible and its been my main rom.since ics come back Love it And used it since they first supported the HTC hero now on nexus s

  • guyfromtrinidad

    This points out two things to me.

    1. I believe this jump in installs were tech people who were fed up with the slow rollout of ICS to devices and decided to take matters into their own hand (coupled with Cynaogen branding themselves much better)

    2. All this talk of freedom to do what you want to do with your device is still just a small percentage of tech aware users who actually rom their device.

    • heathroi

      1. or people who know the blue e isn't the internet  2. you say that like its a bad thing. 

      (it actually rooting your device, then you can flash roms) 

  • Robert Oliveira

    I loved CM7 on my HTC EVO 4G, but for reasons unknown I could not get CM9 NIGHTLY to function properly on my new Sprint CDMA Galaxy Nexus. The bootloader was successfully unlocked and root was achieved, yet each time I would install the latest CM9 NIGHTLY it would loop at the boot sequence. In fact, it's not easy to tell if the ROM is looping; one just assumes this due to a length boot sequence that goes nowhere. I installed a Euroskank variant and it loaded successfully. The only issue so far has been the occasional force-close on some applications. Oh, and once the camera app lost connectivity to the OS requiring a reboot. Other than that nothing major. I'm anxiously awaiting the first stable release of CM9 which I'm sure is not far off in the future.

    Another WONKY thing has been that I've had to repeatedly flash Clockwork Recovery on this phone. Also The TOUCH variant of CWR won't function at all. Not sure if there's another issue (hardware/software) that I'm not aware of, but I guess time will tell.

  • GazaIan

    If manufacturers updated their phones better, these numbers wouldn't be as high.

    Pretty surprised though, they doubled in four months, and it took them FOREVER to hit a million.

    Also:"The data sent includes an non-reversible encrypted hash of your IMEI or MEID, allowing us to track unique devices without compromising privacy."

    Who's brilliant idea was this? THIS is how you check for devices uniquely, not these build.prop checks that make some servers think your device is new every time you wipe or flash your device.

  • fixxmyhead

    Is cm9 ever gonna be finished.when does it officially come out.taking forever

    • http://www.facebook.com/moblibb Mohibb Malik

      Everytime someone asks for ETAs, they add another month :)

      • fixxmyhead


  • Tee

    The only thing that keeps me away from CM is the absence of a stable ICS for SGS. You sirs can't confirm me by talking about the nightlies...

  • http://www.comichippo.com/ ComicHippo

    Non related comment -  If I install CM9 nightly on my phone and a new nightly is released , do I have to install the whole 100+ MB package again or there is some inbuilt system to update only the changes ?

    • MrRageQuit

      You have to download the whole nightly but you should be able to flash over your current CM9 nightly without wiping everything. Doing a nandroid backup before flashing is always recommended just in case you get a boot loop or something.

      • http://www.comichippo.com/ ComicHippo

         Thanks :) .. I rather wait for stable CM9 .

  • Jasopan

    Been dying for CM9 so I installed AOKP, at first it seems pretty great (pretty much ICS of CM) but just a bit too unstable compared to CM7. I still think it's a great ROM but I will definitely be flashing CM9 when it comes to the DHD.

  • Alex

    I've been using Opensensation on my HTC Sensation for over a month it is awesome, sense ui has some pluses, but so far CM9 works great. Excellent work Vorbeth, orbeth, intervigilium, Sc2k, elelinux and CM team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19610217 Sasha G

    All those HP Touchpad owners who are finally making the switch now that there are stable nightlies.