CyanogenMod, the popular custom ROM for Android devices, is now live on the Android Play Store. The app along with its companion Windows installer, aims to bring custom ROMs to the masses. Prior to today’s launch, custom ROMs were popular only among enthusiasts but with this app, CyanogenMod hopes to become mainstream. Also Read - Xiaomi, Redmi bootloader unlocking won’t void your warranty, but here’s what willAlso Read - OnePlus is shutting down its device seeding program for custom ROM developers
Cyanogen had raised $7 million in September with the ambition of becoming the third popular smartphone platform, bigger than BlackBerry and Windows Phone. A custom ROM gives users more tools to not only change the look and feel of the UI but also tweak hardware settings like overclocking the processor among other things. It currently supports a handful of Android devices but with the launch of the Android app, we can expect the list to grow. Also Read - Developers port the Xiaomi Mi A2 camera app for Redmi Note 5 Pro devices
It will be interesting to see how this evolves as installing custom ROMs come with its own caveats like voiding the manufacturer’s warranty and a possibility of bricking the device altogether. The Android app will simplify the process of installing a custom ROM. You can download the Android app from here and the Windows installer from here.