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CyanogenMod hits 10 million users before shipping first phone

The Oppo N1 smartphone with CyanogenMod software will be the first device to ship with this custom version of Android preloaded when it goes on sale December 24th, 2013. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t already a lot of people running CyanogenMod — this weekend, the popular custom ROM crawled past the 10 million user […]

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OmniROM brings Android 4.4 (and tweaks) to phones and tablets

Samsung’s probably never going to release an official Android 4.4 software update for the Galaxy S2 or original Galaxy Note — but that’s what custom ROMs are for. The developers of OmniROM have just launched nightly builds of their Android 4.4 KitKat-based software, and it’s alreadyavailable for phones and tablets including Samsung’s older phones, most […]

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CyanogenMod Installer hits the Play Store, simplifies custom ROM installation

Want to install CyanogenMod on your phone or tablet, but don’t want to fiddle with unlocking your bootloader, learning how to use adb and fastboot, and other command line tools? CyanogenMod Installer is now available from the Google Play Store. Install and run the app, follow the instructions, and if you have a supported device, […]

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Unofficial KitKat: Nexus 5 rooted, Android 4.4 ROMs arrive for older devices

A day after Google released Android 4.4 KitKat and launched the Nexus 5 smartphone, independent developers have started working with both. It’s now possible for anyone to root a Nexus 5 phone, and custom ROMs based on Android 4.4 KitKat have started to arrive for older phones and tablets. It’s always easy to unlock the […]

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Paranoid Android shifts gears, will focus on fewer devices

Paranoid Android is a custom version of Android that’s known for introducing unusual features such as custom touchscreen controls and a replacement for the notification and multitasking system in Google’s mobile operating system. Now the Paranoid Android team is laying out plans for their next release, and it looks like there will be a focus […]

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CyanogenMod goes pro: Raises $7 million in funding, makes CM easier to install

There are hundreds of custom versions of Android that you can install on phones, tablets, and other devices. But one of the biggest names in the custom firmware space is CyanogenMod. The team has been tweaking and improving Google’s open source operating system for four years… and now the core team of developers have quit […]