CyanogenMod 10.2 nightlies now available for LG G2 and Nexus 7 LTE

by: Bogdan PetrovanOctober 23, 2013

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The CyanogenMod team announced the release of nightly builds for two popular devices, the LG G2 and the Nexus 7 LTE.

The LG G2 is a mixed bag: on one hand, you have top-notch specifications and excellent hardware; on the other, the software, which many critics have singled out as the phone’s main problem. If you’re not satisfied with LG’s Optimus UI implementation on your G2, the good news is that you can now move to a cleaner experience, via CyanogenMod. The team behind the popular ROM just released the CM 10.2 nightly build for the international unlocked version of the G2. The CM devs also released the same build for the Verizon G2, but pulled it back due to unexpected problems. Still, a working release can’t be very far.

The choice is less clear with the Nexus 7 LTE, which runs stock Android, in its purest Google approved form. If you’re willing to say goodbye to fast updates just before the release of Android 4.4, the CyanogenMod team has a CM 10.2 nightly build waiting for you.

CM 10.2 is based on Android 4.3, and brings a slew of improvements and bug fixes over the previous version, including Bluetooth LE support and OpenGL ES 3.0 support. As always when dealing with non-stable builds, proceed with caution and know that issues are bound to happen. You’ll also need to secure your correct Google Apps package, but we guess that’s not problem if you read so far.

  • Jamie

    I think id rather root lg g2 than get nexus 5 due to the g2’s larger battery, screen and camera.

    • Timmy

      G2 GE would be nice…or is that the same thing as a Nexus 5? Maybe more N5 teasers will help.

      • John Garlits

        G2 has (according to leaks) better hardware but a super-heavy skin. Apparently using a different launcher helps, but you still have the skin taking up a lot of the internal storage (the only storage).

        • LessthanZach

          The G2 is great, I’ll admit, but I do notice lag. In particular, opening the phone or settings takes sometimes 1-2 seconds – and that just shouldn’t be the case. Battery life is solid but definitely not great like a lot are hyping it up to be. I had better battery with my OG Pro. Finally, for some reason, this phone HATES live wallpapers. Wallpapers that ran fine on my S3 or OG Pro now cause random FPS drops. While scrolling my desktop, regardless of which launcher I use, I will see anywhere from 1 second to 5 seconds of really low (like 10 FPS) scrolling when I use LWPs. This happened on my OG Pro until I disabled thermal throttling, however that doesn’t fix anything on the G2.
          These could all be caused by poor software optimization of the G2 or just a heavy skin. But I have no idea considering there are no AOSP ROMs available for the AT&T variant yet. I’ll most likely get a N5 anyway just so I can have both my tablet and phone always on the latest Android OS.

    • Lorenzo Rey Camejo

      Im thinking about that too, better screen, better battery life, better camera, but no ugly physical/capacitive buttons like on the gs4 or htc one, definitely waiting to see if I get this

      • The Stig

        It’s very smooth, I flashed this morning and so far no hiccups. There are some devs working on mods to get the LG camera ported over as an APK.

        • The LG camera is actually pretty great. So far its the only thing i like about the software on this phone. Id love to see CM or AOKP with thisgood of a camera.

        • MobilegamerfanChicago

          Can u pls explain step by step how its done?

    • Xavier_NYC

      Already there, you won’t be sorry, has a good amount of dev support. I’m rooted, have twrp and running the International rom with tweaks on my ATT G2 until a release candidate for cm10 is ready

    • Valtheus

      Still you wouldn’t have the vanilla OS and get the updates as fast. I say we wait and see N5 first.

  • Haseeb

    Please help me. If I root my G2 and flash CM, will I be able to unroot and go back to LG’s and also get LG software updates sometime later?

    • The Stig

      You can always flash back to stock or a stock based rom.

    • LessthanZach

      You can flash back by following the guide at XDA. http://forum.xda-developersDOTcom/showthread.php?t=2432476
      Replace the DOT with an actual period. I had to do it several times on my Optimus G Pro. It takes a little while, like 10 minutes or so but it’s fairly straight forward. Just be sure to always use the USB plugs on the back of your computer if you’re on desktop and only use the OEM provided USB cable for your phone. If you brick during this process there is a good chance it is bricked for good.

  • John Garlits

    Am I the only one thinking this on the G2 might be better than the N5? I’m a big Nexus fan, but I’m not too excited about the supposed battery size or the camera. Doesn’t seem like a Google Edition G2 is likely either as Google wouldn’t want it to outcompete the N5.

    • Xavier_NYC

      It is with CM behind it. Bigger battery and better camera. Basically a Nexus 5s

    • Because the Optimus G was almost identical to the Nexus 4, you could flash the stock firmware on it and it would get updates like any other Nexus 4. Hopefully that is the same with the Nexus 5 and G2.

  • MobilegamerfanChicago

    Can anybody explain step by step hows its done? Im already rooted but im not sure what the twrp thing is or custom recovery? Thanks