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Founder of CyanogenMod decides not to use the Linaro code optimization for stock Android

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A few weeks ago we saw some interesting stock Android code optimization, done by the Linaro team, an organization that works on optimization software for the ARM architecture (Linux, ARM, etc). Their optimization improved Android’s browser performance in Sunspider by 30%, which is a healthy improvement, and they also improved CPU performance for 3D tasks by up to 100% in certain scenarios. Its assumed at the time of this writing that everyone thought that CyanogenMod will soon adopt this optimized code. But apparently, Steve Kondik, the founder of CyanogenMod (now working at Samsung) decided against it. Here’s his reasoning: “Patch…

CyanogenMod 7.2 adds support for Samsung Galaxy Ace, Mini, and Epic, plus many other devices

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The final, stable release of CyanogenMod 7.2 has been much anticipated ever since the first Release Candidate (RC) build back in March. Now after a further two RCs and a load of bug fixes, the CyanogenMod team has declared that CyanogenMod 7.2 is ready. In case you don’t know, CyanogenMod is a replacement Android firmware based on Gingerbread 2.3.7 but with new features and options not found in official firmwares. The first big change in CyanogenMod 7.2 is the number of devices supported. Companies like Samsung and LG keep releasing new phones and the CyanogenMod team works hard to include as…

Video: CyanogenMod 9 boot animation now features CID as the new mascot

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CyanogenMod has grown to become one of the most recognized custom firmware developers for Android devices, with more than 2 million devices reportedly running some version of the open source ROM. The CyanogenMod team is now introducing a new mascot to replace the old skateboard Andy. Cid is officially the new “face” of CyanogenMod and you can bet that you’ll be seeing him soon when you turn on your CyanogenMod-flavored Android devices. You can check out what the boot animation’s going to be like with Cid as the mascot on the video below. For those who wonder about the theory…

CyanogenMod installed on two million unique Android devices

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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…

CyanogenMod 7.2 RC2 builds for several devices released, others to follow soon

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Just days after detailing the future of CyanogenMod 7 and ensuring us that they will continue work on the Android 2.3 software builds beyond CM 7.3, our favorite independent dev team has already released a number of custom 7.2 RC2 ROMs for several Samsung, LG, and Sony devices. CyanogenMod 7.2, based on Android Gingerbread, is not yet final and needs additional work, but if you’re eager to get a taste of the software package and you have one of the supported devices, you can go ahead and download the builds from this link. The LG Optimus Black P970 is one…

AOKP is a popular new ROM, but what are the differences to CyanogenMod?

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We’ve been running more and more articles on AOKP lately, and many people keep asking what AOKP is. Well, within this article I would like to explain it to you. The CyanogenMod ROM is based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project). These CM builds often contain a few extra features and tweaks to improve the overall Android experience. Users get to enjoy the stock Android experience and not the skins and additional clutter that manufacturers slap onto Android when distributing devices. CyanogenMod is hugely popular, supporting over 70 devices. I proudly run it on my own Desire HD. There is…

Meet Cid, CyanogenMod’s new (evil looking) mascot, marking the group’s “maturity”

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I think that everyone around here is the least a bit familiar with CyanogenMod, so I guess I’m going to skip over the usual introduction. Oh, all right, for those of you who have been living in a cave for a while now, CM is, in a few words, a replacement firmware for smartphone and tablet PCs, based on Android and developed as free and open source software. The CM team has been growing gradually over the past months or so, and, according to their stats, no less than 1.8 million active installs of different CyanogenMod software versions were recorded…

CyanogenMod passes 1.7 million installs; world still eagerly awaiting CM9

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One of the biggest advantages of Android is its open-source nature, giving manufacturers, users, and enthusiasts endless possibilities for customization and optimization. While manufacturer overlays such as HTC’s Sense UI, Samsung’s TouchWiz, or Motorola’s Motoblur are increasingly considered bloatware (especially with the release of the beautifully designed Android 4.0 ICS), custom ROMs have been steadily gaining in popularity. CyanogenMod, probably the best known custom ROM, enjoys massive popularity, thanks to its well-thought design and carefully optimized code. The various flavors of CyanogenMod provide a more flexible user experience, increased customization options, a wider set of features, and, in general, better device…

CyanogenMod 9 to disable default root access

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The CyanogenMod  project has finally acknowledged that the 1,000,000+ devices running CyanogenMod  come with a gaping security hole – default root access. With privacy issues and app permissions becoming more of a concern to smartphone users, running a jail-broken (rooted) device negates any security and data safeguards that Google has tried to build into the OS. So, in an attempt to keep everyone happy, while improving security, the team has decided on a compromise that will allow enthusiasts to keep using root privileges but also provide better default security for the majority of users. Starting with the first public CyanogenMod 9 alpha builds, root access has been disabled by default but with the…

CyanogenMod 7.2 brings some ICS goodness to Android 2.3.7

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The CyanogenMod team has recently released a flowchart about which Android devices will receive their CM9 (Android 4.0) upgrade, which left a lot of Android owners disappointed. Nevertheless, if you’re one of those who ended up in the wrong side of the chart, there’s no need to despair. You might still be able to breathe some new life in that “old phone” of yours! Android device owners that have CM7 or Android 2.3 installed and know for a fact that they will not receive an (official or otherwise) ICS update will especially enjoy CyanogenMod’s newest release. The CyanogenMod 7.2 Release…