The makers of CyanogenMod, one of the best custom ROMs based on Android, 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 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.”
“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, but this new app should make it easier and thus accessible to many more users.
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.