According to CM’s stat tracker, CyanogenMod – the most popular third party Android ROM around – has just reached its two millionth unique install. Granted, half of them are still unofficial installs (also called KANGs), but this achievement still means that CyanogenMod has doubled its user base in little more than four months.
Simple math tells us that Cyanogen Mod was installed (on average) on approximately 8500 unique devices every single day, not accounting for those users who have decided not to report their install to the CM stat tracker. According to the Cyanogen Mod staff, each device is counted only once by registering a “non-reversible encrypted hash of your IMEI and MEID”. You can browse through the rest of the stats here.
Yesterday, when I reported that Huawei will unveil their custom Android UI (called the Emotion UI), I indicated that there are quite a number of Android users who hate all the manufacturers UI, and that some users decide to go for a totally different look. While this is definitely one of the factors when judging on the two million total installs, we should also bear in mind that the repeated delay of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich official updates over the past few months is more likely the definitive factor explaining CM’s user base doubling.
At this point, there are roughly 350 million unique Android devices out there, meaning CyanogenMod was installed on just little more than 0.5% of all Android devices. It would definitely surprise me to learn that share of Android devices runnin any kind of custom ROM installed surpasses 1%.