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You may love Xiaomi’s handsets, but the fact that they offer among the best bang for your buck doesn’t mean you will also be fond of the software these Chinese handsets tout. The UI can be a bit cartoon-like and is pretty far from stock Android. You can resort to using a launcher, but that is not really the same as installing a good, clean third-party ROM.

The most popular one is CyanogenMod, and it has just arrived for the Xiaomi Mi 3 and Mi 4. Nightlies for these handsets have shown up at CyanogenMod’s file download website since a few days ago.

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For those of you who may be unfamiliar with nightly builds, these are ROM versions that are still being worked on. They are not always stable and are updated daily (hence the “nighly” moniker) with the latest changes to the code. Because of their experimental nature, these software versions are not the best to operate on, but Cyanogen is usually great at making them stable enough. If you proceed to install them, just make sure to do your research and remember that tinkering with your device may void your warranty and/or harm your device. If this shall happen, no one but you will fall responsible.

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Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, you can find the Xiaomi Mi 3 and Mi 4 nightly builds at CyanogenMod’s website. By the way, both devices are labeled as “Cancro”, because they are essentially the same smartphone. Yes, there are some slight differences between them, but the code still falls under the same umbrella.

I happen to like MIUI, but we know the beauty of Android is having options. If you want to play around with CyanogenMod on your Xiaomi smartphone, now you can. But tell us – what do you guys prefer, MIUI or CyangenMod?