A couple of months ago, we talked about the beta release of CyanogenMod installer. The installer, was intended for new users otherwise unfamiliar with the custom ROM world. It essentially serves as the fastest and most streamlined way of installing CyanogenMod onto your device, with little to no effort expended. CM Installer was removed from the Google Play Store not too long after due to developer agreement violations, but that did nothing to halt the project’s development.
One major limitation of the CM Installer previously was that it was only compatible with Windows. While the vast majority of the world runs on Windows, quite a few of us enjoy alternative platforms like Linux and Mac OS X. Now, the CyanogenMod Installer has reached opened its doors to a whole new world of users by offering beta support for Mac OS users.
If you’re a Mac user, you can get started by joining the CyanogenMod Installer for Mac Google+ community. From there, follow the directions in this post and install the top post (“About this community”), and get cracking. The currently supported devices are the same as on the Windows version, and it can be found on the CM Installer Wiki. Then of course, don’t forget to head over to your device’s home forum on the XDA-Developers forums to get in on the discussion.
January 10, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Samsung Galaxy S Plus gets KitKat and Jelly Bean builds! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that Cyanogen Inc has teamed up with ex-Oppo employees to release a commercial CM phone called the ‘OnePlus One’ and the article talking about the leaked Android 4.3 for the Sony Xperia SP and T! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about all the videos released on XDA Developer TV this week from CES 2014, including the press day recap, and hands on videos with the Sony Xperia Z1S and Z1 Compact, Nvidia Tegra K1, and the LG G Flex. Stay tuned for even more CES 2014 coverage. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
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January 7, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
When the CyanogenMod team became Cyanogen Inc, they embarked on a journey to bring the formerly power user-only world of their aftermarket ROM into the hands of standard consumers. Their first move towards this goal was the launch of the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod edition. That N1 CM Edition was significant because it was the first device to come bundled with CyanogenMod, as well as the first time that CyanogenMod has come with bundled Gapps since Google’s famous C&D letter many years ago.
Then a month and a half ago, the CyanogenMod team announced that they had a new hardware partner. And given a meeting that was publicized on CM founder Steve Kondik’s Google+ a couple weeks earlier, many believed that this partnership would be a new startup comprised primarily of ex-Oppo employees.
Now, some time has passed, and an official announcement has arrived. The new hardware partner is Pete Lau‘s new startup OnePlus, a company aiming to bring devices without compromises, as evidenced by their “#NeverSettle” slogan.
The name for this debut phone? OnePlus One.
But rather than just building a phone that will run CyanogenMod out the gate, the OnePlus One will run a “specially designed version of CyanogenMod with exciting new elements and features.” There is no word on pricing or specifics on availability other than “first half of 2014,” but we assume that due to their #NeverSettle slogan and stated goals of avoiding compromise, this will be a premium device with a premium price tag.
Those interested in reading the official announcement can do so on here. Are you going to be picking up a OnePlus One, or are you dead set on another phone like the crowd favorite Nexus 5? Duke it out in the comments below.
January 6, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
CyanogenMod 11.0 M2 is coming to over 65 devices! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is KitKat-based OmniRom for the LG Optimus Black and an article talking about how you can improve the quality of your Nexus 5 photos with a simple mod! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about XDA Senior Recognized Developer AdamOutler’s JOdin3 web-tool to flash your Samsung device. Also, the Custom ROM Central forum has been expanded to include AOKP and SlimRoms. Stay tuned for more CES 2014 coverage. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
January 3, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4 KitKat unofficial builds for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that the Motorola Xoom has a KitKat build, and you can get CyanogenMod on the locked Sony Xperia S! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. Jordan gave us the top 5 tech trends of 2013. Then, Jordan gave us the top 5 tech stories of 2013 and TK showed the top 5 app of 2013. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
January 1, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Yesterday, we talked about the exciting technology developments in the mobile device world for this year. And today, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan combed through all the headlines, XDA-Developers news, and device forums to find what happened this year. He then identified the Top Five Technology Stories of 2013.
This includes everything from the trials and tribulations of CyanogenMod in their venture to become Cyanogen Inc. to the rapid expansion of Ubuntu Touch, and much more. So take a moment to check out today’s video and see what we think were the top 5 stories in the mobile industry this year. Let us know if we got it right or why we are dead wrong in the comments below!
December 26, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Just two days ago, we talked about the release of the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition, as well as its factory images and source code. While the device’s large dimensions make it somewhat of a niche device, the N1 is a device aimed to please those looking for a very large phone. The N1 is also great for those who value support from an OEM that actively caters to the development and enthusiast communities.
Alongside the release of the N1 CM Edition, Oppo stated that an official CM build for the standard edition device would be released shortly. Now two days later, they have made good on their promise, thanks to a complete update that removes the default ColorOS in favor of the AOSP-derived CyanogenMod 10.2.
It is important to note that to install the official CM build, you should be on stock software and with stock recovery. If you need to revert to stock recovery after having flashed an aftermarket recovery such as TWRP, head over to XDA Recognized Contributor Harfainx‘s stock recovery thread to revert back to stock. Once you have the stock recovery installed, download the CM package from the source link and perform a local update from the System Update utility.
If you’re a standard edition Oppo N1 owner lusting after the CM Edition, today’s your lucky day. Leave us your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the Oppo N1 forums to get in on the discussion!
[Source: Oppo Forums]
December 24, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
The almost ludicriously sized Oppo N1 isn’t exactly a device aimed at everyone. No, its gargantuan dimensions simply preclude it from much mass market appeal. But for those of you who can handle the device’s macroscopic proportions, Christmas has come a little early—one day early, to be exact.
Earlier today, the CyanogenMod team announced that a version of the N1 with CyanogenMod 10.2 preinstalled has just gone on sale. The device is available directly on the Oppo Style website for $600 US. But for that price, and at with such large dimensions, it’s difficult to imagine the N1 CM Edition displacing the crowd favorite Nexus 5 any time soon. In any case, this is still a momentous occasion, as the N1 CM Edition is now the first device to come bundled with CyanogenMod, as well as the first time that CyanogenMod has come with bundled Gapps since Google’s C&D letter many years ago
In order to keep everything as open as possible, the CM team has already provided factory images for the CM Edition of the device, as well as kernel and device-specific source code. This is, of course, for the preinstalled CM 10.2-flavored build of AOSP-derived Jelly Bean goodness. And for those who would like to try their hand at cooking up a KitKat ROM for the device, the CM team has provided apq8064-common device source code.
Are you thinking of picking up an Oppo N1 CM Edition? If you do, will you shout out an endless stream of cheesy Oppo CyanogenMod Style jokes? Let us know in the comments below. And for those of you who may have missed it, be sure to check out our recent review of the standard version of the device.
Just moments ago at approximately 3:44 PM Eastern US time, the CyanogenMod team achieved a rather significant milestone. CyanogenMod just clocked in at 10,000,000 unique installs, as registered by CMStats. In a little over four years, XDA Recognized Developer cyanogen‘s creation has gone from “optimizing the crap out of Android 1.5r2” on the HTC Dream: G1 to the widespread adoption it sees today.
Looking at the current tally, the numbers come in at just over 5 million official CM installs and just under 5 million unofficial installs. However, it is important to keep in mind that this only counts users who have left CMStats enabled and with devices that have checked-in in the last 90 days, something which isn’t always the case. So in actuality, the true number is significantly higher.
Also interesting to look at are the top devices, with the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy S III taking the first three spots. As reported at approximately 4 PM Eastern US Time:
Here’s to another 10 million, CyanogenMod. We wish you the best of luck, and thank you for helping promote the widespread adoption of high quality, source-built aftermarket ROMs. Head over to CMStats to see for yourself!
[Many thanks to my fellow writer eagleeyetom for the tip!]
December 10, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
While secure text messaging systems have been available on Android for quite some time, many users (even power users) have failed to set them up on their devices. This isn’t because privacy isn’t important, but it’s often one of those things you don’t think of until it’s too late.
Now, CyanogenMod is taking a great first step by incorporating an existing and open source secure text messaging platform into CyanogenMod. The integration comes in the form of TextSecure, which is maintained by Open WhisperSystems and lead engineer Moxie Marlinspike. Moxie is also in charge of the CM integration of the app, ensuring functionality and a degree of security. New to the CM implementation is SMS middleware functionality. This functions similarly to the Google Voice integration in CyanogenMod.
The way it will work for end users is simple: If you are running CM and send a message to another CM or TextSecure user, your messages will be automatically encrypted and secured. However, if your messages are sent to recipients without either, a standard unencrypted text message will be sent.
Now, you might be wondering when you can get your hands on these goods. Luckily, You just have to make your way over to GitHub (1, 2) if you’re a developer looking to incorporate the code into your own work, or if you simply want to snoop around. And if you’re an end user, rest assured that the latest CM10.2 nightlies already feature TextSecure integration. Integration into CM11 is coming soon as well, depending on how things go with the CM10.2 integration.
December 9, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.1 KitKat is now available for the Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi-only version. Official KitKat is also available for the Nexus 10! That and much more KitKat news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that 2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia Devices get unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat and the article talking about browsing every AOSP code commit in Android 4.4.1 KitKat!
In other important news, Jordan talks about the announcement that CyanogenMod 11.0 M1 is available for current Nexus devices. Also, there are official OmniROM nightlies for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE. Finally, Motorola open sources the Moto G! Be sure to check out other videos on on XDA Developer TV. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
December 6, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Earlier today, we talked about how the CyanogenMod Team released CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 1 for most of the current Nexus lineup. This included official support for the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7, and Nexus 7 (2013).
At the time of the CM 11 M1 announcement, we also wrote about how the CM team was planning on beginning official CM11 nightlies for other devices. That time is now here, as there are now official CM11 nightlies for quite a few devices. (The complete list of supported devices can be found at the bottom of this post.)
In addition to nightlies for quite a lot of devices, the CM Team also announced that it has already merged the Android 4.4.1 code into its repo. Because of this, users can expect the next serving nightlies to pack the 4.4.1 goods. In other words, tomorrow, Android 4.4.1 will be available for the masses. That said, there isn’t too much that we’ve seen changed in 4.4.1, aside from the Nexus 5-specific camera improvements.
It is important to keep in mind that these are still nightlies, so not everything will work perfectly on every device. Those looking to get started can do so by downloading the ROMs directly from the CyanogenMod Download Server.
Have you already given the official CM11 nightlies or M1 a shot? If so, we’d love to hear your experiences so far. Please feel free to share them in the comments below!
[Source: CyanogenMod Blog]
Supported devices, as reported by the CM Team:
Devices with CM11 Nightlies
List is current as of Dec 6, 11:30 am PST
- t0lte (Int’l)
December 6, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Ever since the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, we knew that it was only a matter of time before custom ROM developer teams started incorporating the goodies into their own builds. Accordingly, the CyanogenMod team stated their plans to release their Android 4.4-based CyanogenMod 11 once work on CM 10.2 had finished. Approximately one month later, the CyanogenMod Team has now reached the M1 Milestone in their Android 4.4-based CyanogenMod 11 ROM for certain Nexus Devices.
Not every device is receiving official CM11 M1 love. In fact, it is only available for “actively AOSP-supported Nexus devices.” In other words, this means the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 7 (2013). Because of this restriction, though, you can expect a relatively bug-free experience. Devices other than the supported current Nexus fleet will be receiving official CM 11 nightlies instead.
What are your thoughts on this new approach to pushing out Nexus device releases a bit earlier? Let us know in the comments below!
[Source: CyanogenMod Blog]