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The Moto X already comes with a Nexus-like user experience, but for many users, that just isn't enough. The looks are great and all, but there are just some features that can only be found buried at the end of custom ROMs like treasure at the end of a rainbow that only power users can see. But CyanogenMod fans who happened to pick up a Moto X on AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon, hold up before downloading the recently released nightly builds, as these files are only intended for the unlocked or developer editions.

If you have one of those, fire up that torch and put on those safety glasses, because there's about to be a flash.

AT&T (xt1058)

AT&TCM

T-Mobile (xt1053)

TMobileCM

Verizon (xt1060)

VerizonCM

T-Mobile users have the most luck, as their Moto X is unlockable by default. Attempting to flash this on a non-developer AT&T or Verizon Moto X could result in a bricked device.

All three files are roughly 193MB, and you're going to need to grab the appropriate GApps package to get access to the Play Store. But remember, nightlies are inherently experimental, so hide your cat before flashing. Anything could happen.

Source: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • lensgrabber

    oh this is HUGE news for X owners. I'm liking the near stock build but it's always great to have options. Thanks CM team.

  • Stephen Vanhooser

    It might be pertinent to clarify if this is for the Dev editions or for safe strap installs.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      You beat me to the punch - I just added the clarification.

  • Arthur Dent

    Nice. I assume you lose the voice control and active notifications with CM since those were Moto specific features.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      This is only intended for the developer edition of the AT&T Moto X.

    • akshay7394

      Either way, nothing says a capable dev won't port them over ;)

  • http://www.whatsinthemix.com/ Mychal Hix

    I don't know if I would want CM on my X. (If I had one) I can't say if it is great software or not. Have not used it. But by reviews and comments by people with one, I would not want to change the software around to be running CM.... I LOVE CM though, Do not get me wrong. I run CM on everything, but with the X I'm not sure if I would want to.

    • Anu6is

      My thoughts exactly, haven't used the phone either, but it's not a device I would buy if I planned on installing an AOSP ROM. If there were a ROM based on the Moto X software, with additional features added then that would be something to consider.

  • mark

    where's the "sponsored" tag?

  • theiowakid

    Honest question, Why? You lose two of the best feature that the moto X has; Active notifications and Always On and all of this is running on (basically) stock android. To each his own I guess.

    • DarkStarr

      I thought Always On was a hardware feature that would be enabled by the Google Now app but only on the Moto X? Besides that, I dunno if this is CM or not but, they have been developing Active notifications similar to the Moto X. Thing is it really only works the same on an S4 (and what Note 3?) since they totally turn black pixels off.

      • Corey

        The moto x has a special super low power core dedicated to voice recognition. That's why Google now works with the screen turned off and is always listening . Other phones would have to use the main cpu to do this which would kill the battery very fast. The notification screen could work on a lot of Samsung phones because most of them have OLED screens. Even the old Galaxy s2 and nexus s.

  • daburghit

    There are two things in Cyanogenmod I miss on my Moto X coming from a Galaxy Nexus running CM 10.1. For one thing, the way stock Android handles the quick settings menu is asinine. Long-tap to toggle, quick-tap to open settings? GTFO. I installed Widgetsoid and am running a notification widget to get one-tap, customized toggles. Second, I do miss having the expanded volume menu come up when I change the volume. Other than that, though, the stock+ experience on the Moto X is fine.

  • Justin Moore

    To anyone who's tried it: Does it still have Active Notifications, Touchless Control, Skip support and MotoConnect? Also, since the innards are exactly the same, I wonder if it would run on a Developer Edition Droid MAXX (or the Ultra and Mini, for that matter). I miss a lot of the tweaks available in CM10, but losing any of the Motorola-exclusive features would be a dealbreaker, they're just too good.

  • CBNforum

    I have to type what I thought at first even before I saw the comment below... REALLY WHY kill all the best feature.