Waiting on a carrier is not the only way to get the most recent version of Android onto your device. There's the option to flash a custom ROM instead.
You can't go that route unless your device is supported, so technically, you may still find yourself waiting. Fortunately CyanogenMod 13 nightlies with Android 6.0 have now arrived for the Galaxy S5 on Sprint, US Cellular, and Vodafone. Read More
CyanogenMod 13 comes with Android 6.0, and it has been around since the fall. But bringing each device up to date takes time. Many have spent the past few months on 12.1. My Moto G 2015 (the one I showed off last week) is one of those devices.
Well, let's just say this is a post I'm happy to write. Read More
A few years ago, the Samsung Galaxy S III was everywhere. It didn't have the build quality of an iPhone, but the screen was bigger, and Android apps were really coming into their own. The phone began its life running Ice Cream Sandwich, and most variants stopped at Jelly Bean with no hope of ever getting Lollipop. Read More
I'll be blunt—it's been a long time since I've cared about the availability of CyanogenMod nightlies. It's not that I have anything against flashing custom ROMs. It's just in the past several years, stock Android has been pretty good. Even the skinned versions like HTC Sense have reached a point where I feel fine leaving them alone.
But then I got a Moto E, and only a month later, Motorola announced that it didn't have any plans to upgrade the phone to Marshmallow. Sure, it's a cheap little handset, but it's one I like very much. It's small enough to fit nicely in my pockets, it's comfortable to hold, the battery life is great, and non-Verizon models come with virtually no branding. Read More
Let's say you like to live on the edge. You enjoy flashing ROMs and tinkering with your device. Given the risks, it's nice to play around with something that won't cost $600 to repair if something goes wrong. That makes it pretty good that the 2015 Moto G has gained Cyanogen nightly support.
You can download the latest builds directly from the CM downloads page. The device's codename is osprey.
The latest Moto G is a stellar phone. For $220 you can get a 5-inch device with a 720p display, 2GB of RAM, and the latest version of Android. Read More
LG G Pad 7.0 LTE owners on the AT&T network who are dissatisfied with the default software may be happy to know that CyanogenMod now officially supports their device. The community has started to roll out fresh nightly builds, with one available as of now.
The file is for model v410, which is AT&T's version of the tablet. The nightly comes with CyanogenMod 12.1, which provides Android 5.1.
The full download sits at 252.85 MB. You can grab it below, and you probably don't want to forget gapps while you're at it.
CyanogenMod may be dropping platinum albums these days, but that doesn't mean that the project isn't still cranking out nightly builds for new devices, just as it used to do in its underground days (I totally listened to them before they were big, you know).
This time support has come to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. The new nightlies are for the Wi-Fi version of the tablet, klimtwifi.
The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has been around for a year and a half now, which is a good thing, because that makes it easier to find on sale. For a device you're going to flash and run the inherent risk of bricking, making a smaller investment helps. Read More
While Lollipop has been officially rolling out to several variants of the Galaxy Note 4, the team at Cyanogen has been busy keeping up with Samsung by releasing CM12 nightlies. Today, the custom ROM is available to one more variant of the Note 4 family: the European N910F.
This marks the first time the N910F Note 4 gets official CyanogenMod support so there are bound to be bugs — obviously, this is still a nightly download. But if you're jonesing for an AOSP-like flavor of Lollipop on your European device and you're already rooted with a custom recovery installed, you're only a 257MB download away from getting your fix. Read More
We have been wondering for a while when we'd see Lollipop-based builds from CyanogenMod, and now is that time. For this first round of nightlies, 31 devices will be supported with many more to come in the near future. CyanogenMod 11, based on KitKat, will now be on a weekly update schedule until its M13 release, after which development will be frozen. While some bugs are to be expected, all supported devices should have core functions working smoothly right away. Read More
Eight inches is a fine size for a tablet, but the options are still pretty slim. People in want of a stock Android experience in the form factor pretty much have to go with the LGGPGPE or hack together their own solution. Thankfully the latter is, depending on the device, as simple as gaining root and flashing a ROM. CyanogenMod has just rolled out its first nightlies for Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. This provides consumers with a certain degree of tech-savviness another option for an 8" slate.
When searching for the file, look for mondrianwifi. The download is just over 200MB. Read More