CyanogenMod ROM Now Has A User Base Of 2 Million+ Users

If you own an Android smartphone, chances are you must have heard about CyanogenMod from one of your geeky friend’s or read about it somewhere on the Internet. CyanogenMod is by far the most popular third party custom ROM for Android, which was originally founded by Steve Kondik, fondly known as Cyanogen. The CM team now supports more than 90 new devices, and some of these handsets are supported even after its original manufacturer ditched it a few months after its release.

Back in January, the CM team reached a very big milestone. The ROM had managed to surpass a user base of more than 1 million users. No other ROM in the Android community has ever managed to breach this mark, or even come close to it. Now, fast forward to May-end, and the CM team has doubled its user base to 2 million. While the nightly builds from the CM team still remains the most popular among its users with a whopping 371,408 installations, the CM9-RC0 build based on Ice Cream Sandwich also has a pretty large user base of 124,737.

The most popular handset among the CM users is the HTC EVO 4G with 109,515 and counting people using it on their phone. Samsung’s Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S are also catching up fast with a user base of 96,000 and 73,772 respectively. Head over to this page, for a complete break down of the stats. With the user base of the CyanogenMod increasing at such a pace, the team might just be able to breach the 5 million user base mark before 2012 ends.

Kudos to the CM team for all their hard work, and bringing Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich to devices which otherwise may have never got it.

Sony Ericsson Supports ‘FreeXperia’ Developers By Giving Them 20 Handsets and More!

Last year, Sony Ericsson was criticized heavily for releasing a sub-par high-end Android phone, the X10. To add to their woes, the company took ages to update the handset to Android 2.1 Éclair, and decided not to upgrade the handset to Android 2.2 FroYo. For developers, the locked boot loader on SE’s handsets made things tough for them.

However, since the beginning of this year the company has changed for good. The 2011 range of Xperia handsets have decent specs, and most important ran the latest version of Android Gingerbread. The company has also been providing timely software updates to its Xperia handsets, with every new software update adding new features. The company also released a boot loader unlocking tool for its handsets, and wrote a guide on how to build a Linux kernel, showing their support to the developers and their work.

Today, in a bid to support help the developers more, the company has decided to assist the FreeXperiagroup of developers. The FreeXperia’ group of developers have played a major role in bringing CyanogenMod 7 to all Xperia handsets. However, the CM7 ROM for all Xperia handsets have one major issue the camera does not work properly. This is because Sony uses some proprietary drivers for their camera module, making things tough for developers to reverse engineer them.

Now, Sony Ericsson has decided to help the FreeXperia’ team of developers on many issues, including the camera, where they will be providing debugged and rebuilt library binaries to them. SE will also be supporting the devs. by providing them with approximately 20 devices.

Earlier this year, Samsung also supported the Team Hacksung’ developers by providing them with a Samsung Galaxy S II. However, while the developers have been successful in porting CM7 to the device, there are still some major issues to be resolved, including Bluetooth audio (A2DP). Hopefully, Samsung will learn something from Sony Ericsson and help the Team Hacksung developers with the Bluetooth Audio issue.

CM7 Nightlies Finally Rolling Out; Optimus 3D Gets Alpha CM7 Build

CyanogenMod 7 users and nightly flashers, here is some good news for you. Around a couple of weeks ago, got hacked, due to which CM7 nightlies stopped rolling out. The source code of the Linux kernel, and various other distros’, including Android’s kernel, is hosted on


While is still not back up, the CM team has shifted its source code to GitHub, and has finally started rolling out CM7 nightlies, so as to make sure people with ROM flashing Syndrome don’t lose their sanity.

In other CM7 related news, the CM team has released a very early alpha build for LG’s first ever Android powered 3D phone, the Optimus 3D. Being an early build, there are still a lot of issues like HDMI does not work, and camera app will crash if a user tries to take a 3D picture. Optimus 3D owners can download the alpha version of CM7 for their handset from here.

There is some good news for Desire S owners as well. Beginning from today, the CM build bot will also roll out CM7 nightlies for the Desire S (Saga).

A new alpha build of CM7 for the HTC Sensation was also released today. The new alpha build solves most of the issues, including audio issues. Sensation owners can download the build from here.

CM7 Boots On The Motorola Droid Bionic

The Motorola Droid Bionic was one of the most hotly anticipated phones of 2011. Announced at CES, the Bionic was going to be the first phone to support Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and sport a dual-core processor. However, due to some unknown reasons, the phone was delayed indefinitely.

Motorola got back to the drawing board, and finally released a new re-designed Bionic around a week ago. However, the major problem with the Bionic, like all other recently announced Motorola phones, the Bionic also came with an encrypted boot loader.

Nevertheless, this has not stopped one of the members of CyanogenMod to port CM7 to the Bionic. cvpcs got the Bionic, thanks to the donations from the community, and in less than 48hours booted a CM7 build on the handset.

Below is a video of CM7 in action on the Bionic-

This not only proves how much the community as a whole appreciates the work of the developers, but also how much the developers work hard.

Since CM7 on the Bionic is still on the early stages, there are still some major issues with it. Most of the stuff including audio, camera/camcorder, and radio issues are among the most prevalent ones. Looking at the way things are going, Bionic users should get a stable build of CM7 pretty soon.

Can The Samsung Galaxy S II Survive A 15-Foot Fall?

I got my first phone nearly 5 years ago. It was the sleek and sexy Moto Razr V3i, which nearly everyone must have owned at one point of his or her life. I clearly remember that I started modding and flashing that phone the very next day. Since then, I have owned many phones including SE W580i, Nokia 5800, Galaxy S, Desire Z, Arc, and now the Galaxy S II, and I’ve modded and flashed every one of them.

In fact, I flash a new ROM on my Galaxy S II nearly every night. You see, I still need to use the phone for calling, messaging, emailing, and tweeting etc. during the daytime, so all my modding activities usually start when everyone is sleeping soundly. Last night, I decided to flash CM7 on my SGS2. There are no decent AOSP based ROMs for the SGS2 except for CM7, and I was pretty bored with the ones based on Samsung firmware. After installing CM7 and playing around with the phone for around 20 mins, I decided to check out the GPS performance of SGS2 on CM7.

I stood near the window in my room, and fired up GPS test. However, after a minute or so, the phone found around 10  satellites  and connected to 8 of them, but the accuracy was a terrible, 180 feet. Then I changed the modem/baseband of the phone, and again decided to check out the GPS performance. This time, the GPS test showed an  accuracy  of around 100 feet. That’s a pretty decent improvement, but still not good enough. Finally, I decided to stretch my hand outside the window to see if the GPS performance would improve when the phone was in clear sky.

As I stretched my hand, something went wrong and the SGS2 slipped from my hand. Everything went into a slow-mo. mode as I saw my precious phone fall down from my window, which is on the 1st floor. The bottom part, i.e. the part where the microUSB port of the handset is located, hit the ground first, and the phone bounced back up, nearly 3 to 4 feet. After that, the phone hit the ground a couple of times before finally lying still. I was horrified! I had absolutely no hope that my Samsung Galaxy S II would survive a 15-foot fall.

I ran downstairs and quickly picked up the phone. To my surprise, the phone was still in one piece with just one of the latches of the back cover partially opened. I quickly checked the screen, and to my surprise, the screen was working fine as well. If anyone from Corning is reading this, you guys just got another feature to boast about for your popular Gorilla Glass.

The steel rim surrounding the phone was not covered by the Zagg InviShield, and thus got some minor scratches

I checked the phone thoroughly, and there were absolutely no issues with it. Everything was working just as it was before the fall. The only physical damage was on the bottom part of the phone, which had hit the ground first. There are some small scratches on the bottom of the steel rim surrounding the phone, but it’s noticeable only if closely inspected. The phone could have got more scratches, if I was not applied the Zagg InviShield on my phone.

After this incident, my confidence regarding the build quality of the phone has increased. Sammy may have made the SGS2 with plastic, but it surely did not compromise on the physical strength of the phone. So, the 7million+ SGS2 owners, if you are reading this, next time someone cribs about the poor build quality of the phone, you just need to point them to this article.


CyanogenMod 7 Lands on the HTC Sensation

The Sensation is the best smartphone HTC has to offer right now. The handset sports a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, an Adreno 220 GPU and 768MB of RAM. However, one major problem with the handset is that it has a locked down boot loader.


HTC received a lot of negative criticism for the locked down boot loader on the Sensation. The Taiwanese company heard the negative feedback of its customers, and promised to unlock the boot loader on the handset sometime in August.

For the developers, August was still too far away and they somehow managed to get S-OFF and temp-root on the Sensation. The first result of an unlocked boot loader? CM7 comes to the sensational Sensation.

The CyanogenMod developers are working hard on bringing CM7 to the Sensation, and have already managed to get a partially-working build to boot on the phone. Expect the CyanogenMod developers to get a fully working build of CM7 on the Sensation, in the next few weeks.

In other CM7 related news, CM7 nightly’ users should expect the nightlies beginning from today to be based on Android 2.3.5. The small bump in the Android version does not bring any new changes, and is mainly aimed at fixing bugs and improvements related to NFC.

Via Ed Carrigan

CyanogenMod 7.1 RC1 Based On Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Released

The CyanogenMod team has finally released the first release candidate of CM7.1, which is based on Android 2.3.4.

Along with the latest version of Gingerbread, the CM team has also added some new features and support for more devices. With the release of CM7.1 RC, the CM team supports more than 44 Android powered devices. New inclusions include the Motorola Cliq XT, LG Optimus 2X, Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Incredible S.


CM7.1 RC1 also includes some nifty new features like the ability to control screen brightness by swiping your finger across the notification bar (ala TouchWIZ). The browser JavaScript engine has also been updated to V8, so expect improvements in website rendering, and smoother browsing experience.

The whole change-log of CM7 RC1 can be found here. The default ADW launcher has also been updated to support transitions.

Since the ROM is still in RC, there might be some bugs and issues with it. Do report the bugs you find, to the CM team, which will help them in getting close to the final release.  CM7.1 RC1 can be downloaded from ROM Manager, or directly to your PC from here.

For the unknown, CM7 is the most popular AOSP based custom ROM out there. The amount of features and personalization offered by CM ROMs is unmatched. It includes some very useful features like DSP Manager, Theme Manager, Notification toggles in the notification bar, multiple lock-screens etc.

Motorola Droid X And Defy Get A CyanogenMod 7 Port

Motorola Android phones are generally feature packed to the core, and sport decent specs as well. The Motorola Droid X was one of the most popular Android handsets in the U.S. last year.

However, Motorola phones have not been a favorite among the developers and modders, because of their encrypted boot loader. The encrypted boot loader meant that there was not much scope for a true Custom ROM’ for Motorola handsets. The company has been receiving a lot of criticism for the same, and they have promised to do something about this.

Now, a Motorola Droid X developer – @cvpcs – has managed to get the most popular AOSP based custom ROM CyanogenMod 7 – to the handset. He used a 2nd-init’ method to get the ROM up and working on the Droid X. However, this by any chance does not mean that the Droid X boot loader has been cracked. Due to this, he is forced to use the stock Motorola kernel that shipped with the device.

Below is a video of CM7 in action on the Droid X :

The developer (cvpcs) still has not made the CM7 port available for Droid X owners though. He is still testing the port for some bugs, and will soon release it to the public.

Other Motorola devices like the Droid 2 should also get this CM7 port up and working, since both the handsets are very similar. In fact, the Motorola Defy has already got a working CM7 port. Defy owners should head over to this thread over at XDA forums for more information.

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Samsung Sends CyanogenMod Developers Galaxy S II; Shows Its Support To Developers!

The Samsung Galaxy S had a relatively easy method to root, and did not feature an encrypted boot loader. Still, the phone never got quality ROMs based on AOSP. It was only a year after its release, that the phone got official support from the CyanogenMod team.


However, like Sony Ericsson and HTC, Samsung knows that they should get developers to support their phone. So, while HTC was encrypting boot loader on their latest handsets (EVO 3D, Sensation), the Galaxy S II boot loader was unprotected. Later on, Samsung also released the Galaxy S II source in less than a week of its launch.

Unlike the Galaxy S, SGS II was much better, cleaner, and the kernel’s source code did not feature any proprietary code. Now, in a bid to further support developers and custom ROMs for the Galaxy S II, Samsung has gone ahead and sent a few developers a Galaxy S II.

The developers @atinm, @codeworkx, @dumdidum and @unhelpful were the main mastermind behind brining CM7 to the Galaxy S. By gifting these developers a SGS II, Samsung surely is helping them in porting CM7 to the handset.

Kudos to Samsung for supporting these developers, who are working on bringing CM7 to the Galaxy S II.

LG Optimus 2X/T-Mobile G2X Gets CyanogenMod 7!

The LG Optimus 2X or the T-Mobile G2X is the current favorite phone of the CyanogenMod team. In fact, Cyanogen himself uses this phone. All this, just because the handset does not have a locked boot loader.

The Cyanogen team has already started working on bringing CyanogenMod 7 to the Optimus 2x and the G2X. The CM team has even started cooking out CM7 based nightly ROMs for the handsets.

Since this is a nightly ROM, Optimus 2X and G2X owners should keep in mind that there will be some bugs and issues with the ROM.


CyanogenMod is the best AOSP based Custom ROM out there. In its latest version, the ROM is based on Android 2.3.x Gingerbread, and packs some useful features like Profile Support, Theme Manager and DSP Manager.

The LG Optimus 2X/G2X is the most powerful phone to be supported by the CyanogenMod team until now. Hopefully, the CM team will also support the upcoming dual-core monster the Samsung Galaxy S II. It has already been confirmed that the Galaxy S II will have an unlocked boot loader.

Interested Optimus 2X/G2X owners should head over to this link to download CM7 nightly ROM for their handset. For more information about CM7 on the LG Optimus 2X/G2X, users should head over to this thread.