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Custom Android ROM maker CyanogenMod cross 10 million mark

CyanogenMod, one of the most popular custom ROMs, has crossed 10 million active users, claimed CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik on Google+. The number includes both official installs (installation images on their Website) which is around 5.5 million and unofficial ones which is about 4.5 million. Devices not in use (not connected to the Internet) for more than 90 days are removed from these statistics.

The full statistics of versions and devices running CyanogenMod ROMs can be found on their stats page. Looking at the figures, the top three slots in terms of versions are the Nightly builds – Nightly 10.1, Nightly 10.2 and Nightly10 – in that order. It can be inferred that most users are willing to experiment with their ROMs since Nightlies are volatile and not meant for the average user. In terms of devices, Samsung occupies the top three slots with the Galaxy S at the top followed by the SII and the SIII, some of the most popular Android devices.

For a community that started in 2011, it represents a major mark. It not only displays the demand for customized versions of Android, but, also the power of an open source community at work. For many users, it means support for devices running unsupported Android versions such as Android 2.3. For others, usage of features not available in the stock Android ROMs such as native theming, FLAC audio codec and customized reboot. With the newly released Oppo N1 running CyanogenMod and supported by Google, the future is bright.

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If you are a user who wants to increase the capabilities of your Android device or just someone who wants to see your old device running like fresh, head over to CyanogenMod’s Website.

An IT guy, I have been working as a QA professional for around 6.5 years. I keenly follow technology with a special focus on open source. After much distro-hopping, I settled down on using openSUSE as my distribution of choice. A fan of Arsenal ever since I started following football, I keenly follow sports and am good for a game always.

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