November 12, 2013

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The CyanogenMod team first announced their plans to go commercial back in September. At the time, the team had also revealed that they were working on a special installer that would make getting CyanogenMod a much easier affair.

Taking to Google+, the Cyanogenmod team has announced that the the CyanogenMod Installer is finally ready for prime-time. To grab the app, you simply need to head over to Google Play. Keep in mind that the app is useless without the required PC companion program, which is available for free directly from CyanogenMod’s website.

The CyanogenMod Installer is a great way for Android newbies to get involved with custom ROMs, and could certainly be a time-saver.

The CyanogenMod Installer currently only supports select devices including most Nexus products, popular/newer Samsung devices and the HTC One. To see a complete list of supported devices, you’ll want to head over to the CM Wiki.

So what does the Installer actually do? Basically it automates the entire CyanogenMod installation process, requiring very little knowledge from the end-user. The installer even handles rooting your handset and unlocking the bootloader. All you need is a supported device, a USB cable and a copy of Windows. A Mac client is also in the works, but isn’t ready just yet.

This is a great way for Android newbies to get involved with custom ROMs, and could certainly be a time-saver. There are some of us that will prefer to install CyanogenMod the “old-fashioned” way, but it’s nice to have options.

What do you think of CyangenMod’s new installer and the company’s new commercialized direction? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is dedicated to reporting on the latest developments in the world of Android, and is very passionate about mobile technology and technological innovation in general. While he appreciates Android in all of its forms, he prefers a clean stock experience when possible and currently rocks a Nexus 5. Andrew also loves to engage with his readers, and welcomes well-thought-out conversations and responses in the comments section!
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