CyanogenMod, one of Android community’s favourite custom ROMs, has come a long way since the day of its inception, from starting as a one-man mod mission to now having collected over 5 million users. As a CyanogenMod 10.1 user myself, I’d like to offer my congratulations to the entire team on this momentous achievement.
According to the official CyanogenMod statistics page, the ROM now has 5,078,265 total installs, correct at the time of writing, 1,884,054 of which are official installs and a further 3,194,211 unofficial (user compiled) ones.
If you were to include all of the ROMs based on CyanogenMod as well the number would probably have breached 5 million a while ago, but unfortunately we don’t have the exact figures for that.
We can break these numbers down even further. Rather unremarkably, the Nightly versions of CyanogenMod 10 (Jelly Bean) are the most popular. Perhaps a little more surprisingly, Nightly builds of the older CyanogenMod 7 are the second most popular, followed by the finalised 7.2.0 Gingerbread based ROM.
To put CyanogenMod’s popularity into perspective, we’ll remind you that MIUI reached over 10 million users a little while ago, but MIUI has the added advantage of coming pre-installed on a handset, the Xiaomi MI2, which added 1.3 million users in just 4 minutes of pre-orders. So whilst CyanogenMod isn’t the biggest custom ROM around, it still has an impressive install base considering that it relies solely on community support.
Anyway, congratulations CyanogenMod, next stop 10 million!