CyanogenMod is the most popular custom ROM out there. It enables millions of Android users to customize their handsets to the fullest. With the increase in its popularity, Cyanogen’s developer community has enjoyed a great success over the years.
The success was great that Cyanogen developers launched Cyanogen Inc. They also developed partnerships with smartphone manufacturers to have it as the default operating system.
The origin of CyanogenMod
CyanogenMod began as a simple alternative to Android on the HTC Magic and HTC Dream with the initial release of CM3.1 in 2009. With Android’s ability to obtain root access and its open source nature, anything is possible and with the popularity of ROMS, the CyanogenMod blossomed.
The CyanogenMod gained its recognition with CM7 based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. CyanogenMod 7 added improved and new features like the BusyBox in the shell. It also improved its stock applications.
Benefits of CyanogenMod over stock Android
The key reason behind installing a CyanogenMod ROM is adding features, improving the performance or changing the look of the stock Android. The custom ROM offers features that are not available in the stock Android OS such as the ability to apply different themes and change the status bar.
One of CM’s greatest advantages over stock Android is root access. Root gives you administrative rights to your file system. This means that you can easily access all the system files.
Reasons why you should install CyanogenMod
The CyanogenMod comes with a Theme panel that lets you install and choose styles, theme packs, fonts, icons, sound packs and boot animations to fully customize your handset. Moreover, you can change your Android’s wider colors by installing the CyanogenMod theme pack. The CyanogenMod lets you browse and download themes easily.
Privacy Guard allows you to control what permissions installed applications can use and which permissions new applications will get by default. This provides you with an iOS-style experience on stock Android that enables you to decide if you that app should be granted permission to access your contacts, location, and other private data while you still use the application.
The Superuser screen integrates the root permissions into your Android’s Setting’s screen. Furthermore, this interface not only grants you permission to allow or disallow superuser requests from an application but it also lets you enable or disable root for your entire handset. Moreover, you do not have to connect your smartphone to your PC and run commands. With this SuperUser screen, you will not lose root while upgrading.