I’m not too surprised by this as it wouldn’t even cross my mind that CyanogenMod would ever use data monitoring tools like CarrierIQ, but in case anyone was worried, fear not – the team has just confirmed that they will never use it in their software.

Everybody with access to a web browser over the last week or so has undoubtedly seen the recent upheaval about Carrier IQ. The truth is, Carrier IQ has been around for quite some time. It is one of the nastier examples of bloatware installed by carriers, and it is more than likely something that will always be there in some form or fashion. That is, as long as your phone is running the OEM provided version of Android.

As this version of Android is based entirely on work from the Android Open Source Project, the CyanogenMod team would like to assure everyone that Carrier IQ has never, and will never be a part of our Operating System. There is no risk of this kind of software to ever be shipped as a part of CyanogenMod, period. Please, take it upon yourselves to educate anyone who is concerned about Carrier IQ, and offer them CyanogenMod as the only real opt-out they are likely to get any time soon.

This is one more reason you should use CM or any other custom ROM that is based on CM (considering the CM team can’t support all the phones out there, but other teams use their code to optimize it for other ROMs). Not only will you be safe from privacy breaches like the CarrierIQ, but the more popular 3rd party ROM’s become, the more competition they will create for both the manufacturers and the carriers selling the phones in the first place.

That means that either the manufacturers step up their game in optimizing the software properly, but also in updating it on time and for a long time, or more and more people will start using custom ROM’s. Perhaps one day installing a ROM will be as easy as installing a new OS for your PC, and fortunately it’s already getting pretty easy.

The competition with the carriers will also be good because right now they keep adding bloatware to their phones. If enough people want to get rid of it by installing other ROM’s, it might force them to go easy on the bloatware. They won’t like the alternative if then too many people will be able to use free tethering apps and other kind of apps that they don’t want their customers to use.

The CyanogenMod ROM is one of the reasons Android is so great, because there is a big community making sure phones can still have the latest highly optimized versions of Android, even long after the manufacturers and carriers have abandoned them.

[Source: CyanogenMod]

  • AppleFUD

    unfortunately you cannot depend on CM for support–it may or may not support your device and may or may not drop support at any time.

    Just take a look at the editorial at android police

    it’s clear that devs and others feel that “custom roms” are just for fun and nothing to be taken serious and should not be looked upon as “supported” as they are free and may be buggy as hell, work poorly, etc. . . and you have no right whatsoever to expect a decent functioning rom form the android community. In other words, it’s a lot like linux distros. . . an unorganized mess.

    I’m actually surprised that they haven’t gotten more organized and developed clear paths for all that want to develop custom roms instead of “everyone do whatever you want and throw it up for unsuspecting noobs.”
    1. first make stock android function properly for the device you are working with–if stock android already exists for said device go to #2
    2. integrate theme engine into stock android for your device and ensure it is bug free by offering it to friends and devs to peer test it. if stock android+theme engine already exists for said device go to #3
    3. create custom themes that works properly with the theme engine and the device you are working with.
    4. create “advanced custom android rom” — this is what everyone is doing now. making their own tweaks to core levels of android that often function very poorly and end users are lost when trying to figure out what rom to use and generally are not supported very well at all.

    I would think a lot of users would pay for upgrades if the above was done and the roms were tested and supported properly. . . I know I would. Not to mention I think it would make the overall process a lot clearer and easier for noobs, but as it stands now custom roms are from a very small percentage of android users, ~0.2%

    • Megatron

      if you were not a Apple fanboy I would say this is typical of a user who puts NOTHING in and expects a ton out. You are a sheep that does what other sheep do like the commercial says…. You are a Barista. Have fun changing wallpapers with your iFriends.

      • AppleFUD

        And apparently you are a complete and utter idiot.

        I don’t own a single apple product and most likely won’t for a very long time if ever. I don’t like apple in the least but apparently you can’t read or you’re just a troll that can’t handle reality.

        If you are an android fan then you make every android fan look like a moron with your statement–if someone points out something imperfect in android land then they are an apple fanboy? way to one up apple fanbois!

        As for users “putting something in” . . . uh, THAT’S WHY THEY PAY FOR THE FRACKIN’ DEVICE!!!! And as I pointed out in the above scenario, I would be happy to pay as I’m sure many others would. NO, I’m NOT a programmer. . . thus the whole point of “average users.” Can’t you get that? The average user is not a programmer and/or Android developer–is that really so frackin’ hard to understand or are you just a clueless troll?

        I guess you can’t handle the reality of the android “community” producing lots of ROMS that are not fully functional, buggy, etc. . . and/or easy for “average end users” to install doesn’t equate to OS support. . . get real!

        Nonetheless. . . way to make Android fans look worse than apple fanbois. . . congrats on that buddy!!!