CyanogenMod is out with its latest stable version, 10.2, which marks the end of its Android 4.3-based ROMs. CM 10.2 builds are available for download for all major devices, including HTC One X, One, Samsung Galaxy S I – III, Note I & II, LG Optimus G, Google Nexus 7 (2013), and many more (it’s targeting 50+ devices), with some more device builds constantly being added to the downloads page. After CM 10.2, the focus of the development team will now entirely shift toward their Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) based CM 11, although CM 10.2 nightlies will continue.
If you are on an older Android device, whose manufacturer or carrier will not offer an upgrade to Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), now is a good time to try out CyanogenMod. CM 10.2 comes, along with the goodness of Android 4.3, with Privacy Guard 2.0, a functionality that allows for per permission-group revoking of permissions. PG 2.0 is now based on Android’s internal AppOps feature.
Installing CyanogenMod on your device is now easier with the CM Installer. The installer was introduced by CM developers recently, and was initially made available in the Play store, but because of violation of Google Play’s developer terms it was taken off the store by the team. The only thing to remember while install CM is that it can only be installed on a rooted device!
Along with the 10.2 announcement, the CM team has also announced it’d “soon be retiring the ICS branches from the nightly rotation. There are less and less changes going into that branch, and with CM 11 nightlies on the horizon, it makes more sense to task the buildbots to actively changing branches instead (ie 10.0 and above).”