Since CyanogenMod became Cyanogen Inc., we've been anticipating a quick and easy CM Installer that would make flashing to the "CyanogenMod experience" fast, simple, and less "hideous" than the current process.
The CM team is currently canvassing G+ for usability testers, with the stated goal of taking the process of installing third-party ROMs (specifically CyanogenMod) and streamlining it, making it less intimidating and more accessible to more users.
After running through the installation process for myself, I can confirm that it does just that. The process is exceedingly straightforward, requiring just a few interactions along the way. Let's take a closer look.
CM stable users, it's time to update your ROM – the final build of 10.1.3 is rolling out to get.cm right now. We saw the last version bump to the stable channel back in July with 10.1.2, and this update brings about "numerous bug fixes, new devices, and privacy guard" according to Cyanogen Inc. community manager Abhisek "ciwrl" Devkota.
Oppo and Cyanogen Inc are going to announce a partnership next week - this much is clear from the video posted earlier today by the official Oppo channel and featuring the man himself, Steve "Cyanogen" Kondik. It will be the first deal of its kind between the newly announced company and a hardware manufacturer, and after speaking with multiple people familiar with the matter, I now have a pretty good idea of how the CM team wants it to work. Not everything is set in stone yet - in fact, a lot is still up in the air, so Steve is en route to China to actually finalize the negotiations and work out the details.
Steve Kondik and company announced earlier this week that the CyanogenMod ROM has been incorporated into Cyanogen Inc, with the aim of strengthening the pseudo-platform and reaching more users. Since the first announcement Cyanogen has been teasing one major hardware partner, and it looks like that has been revealed.
Yesterday was kind of a big day for Android. The long-running and extremely popular custom ROM family CyanogenMod has been incorporated into a company which plans to further the software into a bona fide platform. CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik and extremely vocal CM team member Koushik Dutta (CTO and VP of Engineering for the new Cyanogen Inc, respectively) did what you're supposed to do whenever cool stuff happens: head to Reddit for an "Ask Me Anything" session. Here are some highlights from Kondik and Dutta's responses to the community's questions.
The elephant in the room is hardware. When will there be new hardware that runs CyanogenMod off the shelf, as a sort of alternative to Sense/TouchWiz/whatever the hell LG is calling it this week?
As part of today's announcement of CyanogenMod as a company, CTO and founder Steve Kondik said one of the first goals the team had was to make the process of installing CyanogenMod easier. Kondik called the current process "hideous" and too difficult for "mere mortals." He also announced that the Android installer companion app will be released to Google Play in the coming weeks.
The Android app is only half of the equation, though – a Windows application will also be released. We reached out to CM team member Abhisek Devkota (AKA ciwrl) for clarification. As of now, he said, both the Windows client and the Android app will be needed for installation, with the Windows side actually doing most of the work.
We've known that something's up at CyanogenMod for a while, and now the cat is formally out of the bag. Today Steve Kondik and other prominent contributors to the CyanogenMod family of ROMs, along with investors and new hires, announced the formation of Cyanogen Inc. The new company first aims to make the CyanogenMod ROM more stable, more widely available, and easier to install on more devices. Investor Mitch Lasky is reporting that the company has secured $7 million in startup capital, and has at least one hardware partnership in the works.
Cyanogen Inc.'s website is Cyngn.com, which was previously teased.
It's that time again! Earlier this morning, the latest M-Series releases from CyanogenMod began rolling out. At the time of this post, no official list has been posted of devices that will receive the M3 blessing, but new builds will be rolling out as they are ready. This will be the first M release pre-loaded with Koush's Superuser app.
Update: We're hearing reports of the SIII builds causing some issues (bootlooping, etc.), so if you plan on flashing it, tread carefully.
Supported Devices (so far):
Google Nexus 4
Google Galaxy Nexus (gsm, Verizon, Sprint)
Google Nexus S
Google Nexus S 4G
Google Nexus 7 (wifi and 3g)
Google Nexus Q
Samsung Galaxy Note (AT&T, T-Mobile US)
Samsung Galaxy S III (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Verizon, Metro PCS)
Samsung Galaxy S II (G, T-Mobile US, AT&T LTE)
Samsung Epic 4G
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1"
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7" (wifi and 3g)
HTC One X
LG Nitro HD / Optimus LTE
LG Optimus LTE (SKT)
LG Optimus L9
Acer Iconia A700
If you already have an older version of CM running on your device, go to Settings -> About phone -> CyanogenMod updates -> Check for Updates.
Update: So, scratch all that. Steve Kondik took to G+ today to say that CM will return the opt-out option and will not require users to share data. Though it's with a heavy heart, it seems. Expressing some exasperation, he had this to say on the matter:
It's incredibly frustrating that a handful of incredibly vocal users are ready to "fork" over the issue. News flash: there are already a hundred forks of CM... In the end though, we should respect everyone's wishes here.
CyanogenMod is one of the most popular Android ROMs as far as anyone can tell. It's actually hard to know for sure.
Steve Kondik, the founder of CyanogenMod, needs no introduction. This man is a star in the Android community and a true Nexus warrior (hi, /r/acj!). 19 months ago, in August of 2011, he joined Samsung to change the world and make beautiful mobile babies together. Today, he's a free man once again, as he announced his departure from the company via a Google+ post on his Galaxy S4 impressions minutes ago:
On the Galaxy S4
I got to spend some quality time with the S4 (final hardware) before I left Samsung. I'm a huge a fan of the S3 and use one everyday, so I was quite pleased with the S4.