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The makers of CyanogenMod, one of the best custom ROMs based on Android What Are The Best Custom Android ROMs? What Are The Best Custom Android ROMs? The moment you realize you can flash your Android phone with a new ROM is a pivotal one. Suddenly, you're free: Endless customization options, no more vendor bloatware, and, best of all, you don't have... Read More , announced on Wednesday that CyanogenMod will be turned into an app you can download and install from the Play Store on unlocked devices.

The current method of installing CM on your phone How To Install CyanogenMod On Your Android Device How To Install CyanogenMod On Your Android Device A lot of people can agree that the Android operating system is pretty awesome. Not only is it great to use, but it's also free as in open source, so that it can be modified... Read More is a bit complex, so this comes as good news. Speaking in a Reddit AMA after the announcement, Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta — two of the leaders of the Cyanogen project — revealed more details about this.

“Currently the (one-click) installer supports unlockable devices and devices that come unlocked out of the box (ie, most Samsungs via Download Mode). We’re still deciding how to handle locked devices,” Dutta said. “There’s legislation (DMCA clause) in the US that allows the user to bypass copy protection to essentially root their phone. We could do it, it’s not hard, but we have to make sure that this won’t get us into any hot water later.”

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“The first release of the installer won’t support devices that require exploits,” Kondik added. “The long-term goal is to open up OEMs to the possibility of supporting us officially – there’s zero technical reason for these measures and the best way to fix it is to not buy these devices and speak your mind.”

There are some easy ways to flash a ROM 4 Simple and Easy Tools to Flash Android ROMs Compared 4 Simple and Easy Tools to Flash Android ROMs Compared Ever wanted to flash a new ROM on your Android device but didn't have the patience to deal with the whole flashing process? I remember spending hours trying to download, transfer, reboot, flash, reboot, wait,... Read More , but this new app should make it easier and thus accessible to many more users.

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The team also announced that they were working on a way to sync your CyanogenMod account across different devices. This will mean settings like lockscreen, notification bar, etc. will be mirrored.

They also said that they won’t be adopting the Halo design reference, because it “is confusing, has a hundred options, and never does what you expect.”

And there’s good news for those who want a CM phone out of the box. Cyanogen Inc. has at least one OEM partnership, with an announcement about that slated for next week.

Source: Reddit AMA, CyanogenMod Blog | Image Credit: HQWide

  1. Anonymous
    October 2, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Not following Halo design guidelines... only a more cluttered and fragmented Android. *sigh*

  2. Ryan S
    September 26, 2013 at 4:03 am

    I saw this first: http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/D710_Info
    then: http://download.cyanogenmod.org/?type=stable&device=d710

    Not too bad, so far. I then went to download ROM manager and saw 'Samsung users: You must flash a Clockwork compatible kernel first (see XDA forums)' At this point I have downloaded a few zip or rar files that I'm not too sure about. So, yes, I will a while for one-click. Or, at least wait until I'm eligible for an upgrade.

  3. Sanam Arora
    September 24, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Will it be available for all andro devices including karbonn

  4. TYGstatus
    September 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    This doesnt root your phone it just flashes the cyanogen rom on to your device.....you would still have to personally root your device to gain administrative access to root then you will be able to download this and install ....... just think about "how" u gain administrative root, superuser su......the addition of the 3 binary files that make up superuser su is what allows root access...... feel free to correct me if im wrong.....

  5. Don Gateley
    September 21, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Aargh, I meant to say "some separate party's application save and restore."

  6. Don Gateley
    September 21, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Here's hoping they can figure out a way to do it that doesn't wipe your phone and require some separate party's save and restore which are mostly confusing and unreliable.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 21, 2013 at 5:11 am

      I don't think wiping your phone can be avoided, unfortunately. I mean, you can't really install a new OS without wiping program data, right?

    • Don Gateley
      September 21, 2013 at 7:54 am

      @Mihir, it may require an intermediate wipe but there are apps for backing up your apps, their directories and their environment and restoring after a wipe so that your phone's larger functionality isn't destroyed. I've done it too often. Unfortunately the methods are esoteric and error prone. I'm hoping these guys do this right and include the app environment save and restore in as foolproof a way as the installation itself is supposed to be. Otherwise who would want to use it besides people who don't need it or people with virgin phones?

  7. Ryan S
    September 20, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Too, funny. I was doing all my homework on how to do the installation yesterday. I was a bit leery about the ROM manager portion & nightly crap since my epic 4g touch wasn't on the nifty-swifty list. Guess now I'll wait and see if this simplifies things.

  8. Julien C
    September 20, 2013 at 1:01 am

    this would be so helpful as i cant seem to root my phone using the sdk/adb

  9. Brandon R
    September 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I wonder who that OEM cud be .....

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 20, 2013 at 3:55 am

      My guess would be someone like Xiaomi or Oppo. Would be surprised if they tied up with one of the major brands to start off with.

      That said, Sony has been really supportive of devs and CM in particular, so.........

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