CyanogenMod goes from hobby Android to business Android

CyanogenMod goes from hobby Android to business Android

Summary: Want the latest Android but your device manufacturer or carrier won't give it to you or support it? CyanogenMod can help.


People love their Android smartphones and tablets. They hate waiting for their hardware manufacturer or carrier to give them the latest Android releases… if they ever do. For tech-savvy users there were always alternative Android firmwares from groups such as CyanogenMod to bring their software up to date. Now, Cyanogen has made the leap from hobby to business and soon anyone will be able to update their operating system to the newest version of Android that their device can support.

Say hi to the Cyanogen team. They're going to bring fresh, new Android releases to your tired, old devices.

In a blog to CyanogenMod users, Steve Kondik, CyanogenMod's founder, announced, that Cyanogen Inc. had received $7-million of series A funding from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures and they were on their way from being an operating system for several million Android hobbyists to being an operating system for anyone who wants the most up-to-date Android.

What will this new chapter mean? So far, it's meant that the pace of CyanogenMod development has picked up drastically. This has lead to more "devices being supported, bigger projects such as CM Account, Privacy Guard, Voice+, a new version of Superuser, and secure messaging. We vastly improved our infrastructure. We’re doing more bug fixes, creating more features, and improving our communication. We think that the time has come for your mobile device to truly be yours again, and we want to bring that idea to everybody."

The new corporate Cyanogen's goals aren't any different from the CyanogenMod's old ones. The real difference is that Cyanogen has the resources it need to make them happen far more quickly:

  • Organize, lead, and support our community
  • Create amazing user experience centered around how YOU work
  • Security solutions that really work
  • Stay committed to building the features our users need
  • No junk
  • Constant updates
  • Available on everything, to everyone

First on the list? "The biggest obstacle we wanted to get out of the way is the hideous installation process. Today there are more open and unlockable devices than ever, but they all have their quirks and wildly different installation procedures. We’ve done our best to document the process for every device we support on our wiki, but it is still a daunting process for mere mortals. This is not sufficient—installation needs to be easy and safe. This is a great deal of complexity to manage when you are talking about almost a hundred different devices, but we decided to tackle it."

The Cyanogen team has already made a great deal of progress. "Our installer will be available on the [Google] Play Store in the coming weeks," wrote Kondik.

The Android users I know are already itching to get their hands on it. Just like iPhone fans eager to install iOS 7, they want to update their older devices to CyanogenMod, which will bring them Android 4.3.

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Topics: Mobility, Android, Linux, Mobile OS, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • Awesome news

    More resources and support for the best "stock" android rom team (IMO), to allow more devices to receive updates and for longer.
    Just updated my Galaxy S2 and Tab 2's to JB 4.3 CM.
    The devices have never been better and more responsive. Brilliant work so soon after the official release.
    • It is, but perplexing

      Much of CM relies on a root exploit or unlocked bootloader. Until that becomes standard in the industry, someone will always be working against them.
  • Fragmentation??

    "Today there are more open and unlockable devices than ever, but they all have their quirks and wildly different installation procedures"

    Something about fragmentation in the market? You can't make Android devices easy to root because every vendor does it differently. Fragmentation at the lowest level.
    • Fragmentation is only a word

      Nobody care what the version number of an OS is. Android runs Android apps no matter the version. Some features require newer versions of Android but that is exactly what CyanogenMod does. They provide the later versions to all Android devices regardless of version because afterall that is what you are downloading when you download their ROMS, the latest version of Android so your complaint is exactly what CyanogenMod solves and that is why they were funded so handsomely.
      Tim Jordan
      • Spoken like a user

        Fragmentation comes not from the apps as much as the hardware. If you load AOSP on a Moto phone the camera might not work; on a Samsung the compass may read 180 degrees; on an HTC it might make calls on the ATT version but not the VZW one. etc etc etc.
  • hi

    my mother just bought an awesome white Dodge SRT Viper Coupe from only workin part time on a home pc. my latest blog post..........
  • Older devices

    Who would have ever thought that a Nook Color could be running 4.X android?...With Cyanogenmod of course!!! Brought life to a dead product and I am grateful.
    • Yeah, well...

      I tried that on my Nook Color and wound up going back to Cyanogenmod 7 - Android 2.3 - because 4.X was just too slow on the Nook.

      Of course, i now have a Hisense Sero 7 Pro running 4.3 - though it's a de-crappified version of the 4.3 that came with the tablet.
  • Don't dance in the streets...

    The gravy train to fat city is not running anymore.

    The VC are going to want their money back ASAP.

    Expect to pay for new releases of Cyanogenmod instead of free downloads.
    • ?

      And that's bad? Free is nice but everyone needs to eat, I don't work for nothing, do you?
      richard in norway
    • Expect to Pay ?

      It depends upon the condition that the money was given. If it was a gift or a grant, it won't have to be paid back. The fact that they got $7 million is wonderful. That's all R&D and making Corporate devices secure again from the prying eyes of the NSA and others.
  • Cyanogenmod is great

    I've used it to configure my HP Touchpad (WebOS) to dual-boot into android. I originally installed the CM Android 4.0 version but recently upgraded to 4.2.

    Because of CM, my Touchpad has new life. WebOS is a cool OS, but there aren't that many apps. Plus for some reason it is incredibly laggy on the Touchpad.

    CM 4.2 on the other hand runs very nicely ... no lag at all. Plus it opens up the vast Android app library for use on the device. I love it and am happy to hear CM has attracted venture capitalists.

    As someone indicated, CM is not perfect as on the Touchpad all device features do not work. Currently the bluetooth functionality of the Touchpad isn't working. However, everything else works and for me that is good enough as I rarely use Bluetooth anyway.

    I have an old Motorola Droid X phone that is stuck at Android v2.3 as Verizon would not make later versions available for the X. Someday I plan on upgrading using CM.

    Thank you CM and best wishes!
  • NSA repellant

    Dear CM team:

    -- mesh wireless on the fly when enough users are within WiFi broadcast range
    -- opportunistic routing of all/parts of calls through local WiFi nodes
    -- selective and/or random cross-mixing of call & data caches on participating phones so as to provide plausible deniability in case a phone is confiscated
    -- encryption to the max in every possible way
    -- obfuscation of call metadata through non-logged jumping around in local IP space
    -- built-in scrambling of voice calls by conversion of random phrases into encrypted text, then re-conversion to speech at the other end

    and I'm sure there are more ideas you are already thinking of to make the protection of lawful privacy a reality. PLEASE use some of that $7M to build these capabilities into your newest versions. Obviously, the telcos will never do this because the govt. has threatened them to the max. It's up to folks like you in the open source community.

    It really doesn't matter whether Snowden is a traitor or hero; what he did has highlighted the "unknown unknowns", and they are what we need protection from.