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Check Out the History of CyanogenMod

With hundreds of thousands of downloads to date there’s a good chance quite a few of HTG’s readers are CyanogenMod users; read on to learn more about the history of the powerful alternative ROM.

Wired magazine goes beyond simply explaining what the CynaogenMod is and digs into the history of the mod, the legal troubles it has run into, the people involved in the development, and more.

If you’re curious to know more about the mod you’re running (or are considering running) it’s an interesting look at the history of the mod and how they stay on top of modding for so many handsets.

Modders Make Android Work the Way You Want [Wired]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/19/11

Comments (3)

  1. Chronno S. Trigger

    I actually convinced someone not to switch to the iPhone by installing the CyanogenMod on his Droid. I so want a version for my Acer tablet, it’s horribly unstable.

  2. Paul DeLeeuw

    Rooting (disabling the built-in protections of phone operating systems) opens the phone completely. Almost all apps run on non-rooted phones, so what is the reason to do it? Sure you can change the radio (the telephone part of the phone) and do other cool things. But the only concrete reason to open a phone is for overclocking. Programs like SetCPU only work with rooted phones. If you have a CPU in your phone that will safely run at higher speeds, go for it. But most of the slower 528 mHz processors are maxed out already. Adding new ROMs, which are often filled with ducky new services that take lots of CPU power to run, only slow the phones down. If you set higher rates than the CPU can handle, you get instability.
    I advise to check online to see how fast others have overclocked your exact phone. If it is not at least 15% higher than stock, I advise not to go down this path. A bad ROM installation and your phone is dead.

  3. Chronno S. Trigger

    @Paul, I take it you’ve never played with Cyanogen. The default Android install on all the phones I’ve played with is flaky and crashes all the time. Even my Nexus 1 that came directly from Google and only got it’s updates from Google. Cyanogen Mod fixes all that (as long as you use one of the stable releases, not the beta or RC ones). You should really give it a try. It’ll make you completely rethink the Android OS (even on the slower phones). During the install, the instructions walk you threw installing a bootloader that you can use to backup your rom so if you screw up the install, you can recover your phone.

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