Rejoice Android ROM community, CyanogenMod has recently topped over 500,000 unique installs of the latest major version release, CyanogenMod 7. Supported by a team of developers, maintainers, and community staff, CyanogenMod has become one of the most popular customized aftermarket ROMs for Android devices. In fact, it’s officially available for 28 different devices (including tablets and ebook readers) but runs perfectly fine on a total of 44 unmentionables.
What started out as a small project to update and customize the first Android handset, the HTC Dream, has now turned into a huge effort to provide devices with not only the latest and greatest version of Android, but to provide users with phones that are highly optimized, free of carrier branding and have features that may have been previously disabled.
According to CyanogenMod installation statistics, the HTC Desire (codenamed Bravo) has over 70,000 of the aforementioned half a million installations, followed by the HTC Evo 4G (Supersonic) at just over half with roughly 39,000 installs. While this is a great milestone for the ROM community as a whole, when contrasted with the fact that 500,000 Android devices are being activated daily, it becomes glaringly obvious that many regular consumers are running out-of-date versions of Android that have been hampered by carriers and OEMs who want to brand their devices.
The efforts of a single soul have come a long way, so congratulations to cyanogen and the entire CM Community on their milestone mark. The more users taking control of their own devices, means the less carriers can control.