Is CyanogenMod about to become Lineage Android Distribution?

Lineage Android Distribution could be the new name given to CyanogenMod, it has emerged. Android Police discovered a GitHub repo bearing the Lineage Android Distribution name, currently being updated with Android code associated with CyanogenMod, suggesting that this is the new home of the project.

The news follows soon after Cyanogen Inc separated ties with co-founder Steve Kondik following a post in which he discussed problems he’d encountered at the company. Kondik ended his post with some questions for the community regarding the direction CyanogenMod should go in next – suggesting he was still interested in pursuing it.

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CM 14.1: what it is, how to get it and what devices are supported by CyanogenMod

3 days ago

The Lineage Android Distribution page is now being populated with content on almost an hourly basis but nothing has been officially confirmed yet.

As for the name, LAD (from Lineage Android Distribution) could become the new CyanogenMod moniker, though it also may be titled “LineageOS”, which can be seen elsewhere on the page. Android Police also speculates that the project may be referred to as LAOS (Lineage Android Operating System), citing sources close to the project.

CM 14.1: what it is, how to get it and what devices are supported by CyanogenMod

When you say ‘custom ROM’ it’s hard not to think ‘CyanogenMod‘. For many people the two terms are virtually interchangeable while for others CyanogenMod is at the very least at the top of the ROM pyramid. So what is CyanogenMod and how can you get CM 14.1 on your device?

What is CyanogenMod?

Cyanogen is the online handle of Steve Kondik, the man behind the first CyanogenMod ROM from way back in 2009. A custom ROM is essentially just firmware for a device that isn’t what it came out of the box with.

Many ROMs are based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) – the source code behind stock Android – with some looking a lot like stock Android, including CyanogenMod, while others get pretty crazy pretty fast. These variations on what Google releases are called forks of Android, and include things as varied as Amazon’s Fire OS, CyanogenMod and the Nokia X platform.

Not all of these forks are compatible with Google apps, but some, like CyanogenMod, can have Google’s app suite sideloaded after the ROM is installed. The reason Google apps don’t just come bundled with CyanogenMod is because CyanogenMod hasn’t licensed them, but they work fine all the same. Of course, if you want to “de-Google” your phone, CyanogenMod works fine without Google apps too.

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Understanding the differences between CyanogenMod, Cyanogen OS & Cyanogen, Inc.

July 7, 2016

What is CM 14.1?

CM 14.1 is simply the latest version of CyanogenMod, based on the Android 7.1 Nougat source code. CM 14, as the name probably implies, is based on Android 7.0 and CM 14.1 is Android 7.1.

Generally, when you’re flashing a custom ROM you’re going to want the latest version, because that’s largely what custom ROMs are about – getting the latest version of Android on a phone that is no longer supported by the manufacturer. But even once you’ve decided to dive in and flash a particular custom ROM, you still have a few more options to choose from.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can flash Nightlies, which are daily releases of whatever the ROM team has been working on that day. Nightlies represent the “bleeding edge” of the ROM scene and include the very latest features available, but it must be noted that they quite often come with bugs and instability. As such, they’re not recommended for flashing on your daily driver.

After Nightlies you have Experimental builds which can also be pretty buggy and then Snapshot builds, which tend to be released every few months when a milestone feature has been added. Snapshots are what most folks flash, as they offer a generally bug-free and stable experience but still get updated regularly.

CM 14.1: what it is, how to get it and what devices are supported by CyanogenMod

What’s in CM 14.1?

Everything you’ll find in Android 7.1 Nougat and then some. As mentioned above, CyanogenMod tends to look very much like stock Android, but with various additional features and options sprinkled throughout.

Split screen mode, quick app switching, bundled notifications and Quick Reply, DPI scaling for resizing on-screen content at a system level and the new-look Settings menu are all on board, just like in stock Nougat. But CyanogenMod offers much more than stock. Besides the Trebuchet launcher experience, CM 14.1 also offers way more customization than stock Android.

There’s LiveDisplay, which is a kind of adaptive screen mode that changes your screen temperature and colors automatically depending on time of day and ambient conditions. Expanded desktop, on the other hand, automatically hides the status bar and/or navigation bar to give you a more immersive experience round the clock.

CM 14.1 also offers battery and notification LED controls, pre-set AudioFX audio settings, power-saving performance profiles with automatic optimization, customizable button layouts and shortcuts, a customizable power-off menu, enhanced privacy settings, system profiles that can be triggered automatically and a fully customizable status bar. And it’s still not even finished.

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Android Nougat update: when will you get it?

2 weeks ago

What devices support CM 14.1?

The CyanogenMod team are constantly releasing new ROMs for an ever-increasing list of supported devices. Some of these devices are new, like the Nexus 6P or OnePlus 3, while others are seriously long in the tooth like the Galaxy S3. But whether you’re turning to CM simply for a change of pace or as a means to keep your old Android chugging along as long as possible, the list just keeps growing.

Because that list is almost comically long, we won’t list all the devices supported by CyanogenMod here. We typically cover the more significant and popular devices to get CM 14.1 support, most of which you can see below, but if you want to search for your device specifically, head to CyanogenMod’s download page and use the list on the left to locate your device’s code name and see what your options are.

CM 14.1: what it is, how to get it and what devices are supported by CyanogenMod

How to flash CM 14.1 on your device

First up, you’ll need an unlocked bootloader. The process for this varies depending on your handset, so just do a little Googling. A lot of phones simply require you to enable Developer Options (go to Settings > About phone and tap Build number until Developer options appears in the settings) and then flip the toggle for OEM unlocking.

The bootloader unlock process is then (usually) as simple as firing off a fastboot command through a command window. Again, check the specifics for your particular model. You’ll also need USB Debugging enabled in Developer options and you’re highly advised to do a full backup before proceeding. A fully charged battery isn’t a bad idea either.

You’ll want to install a custom recovery on your phone (we recommend TWRP) because this is what you use to flash CyanogenMod and the Google apps package on your phone. Then, all you need to do is download the particular CM 14.1 ROM you’re after along with the Gapps package you’ll want to flash in recovery afterward.

There’s little point providing more detailed instructions than these, as there are several methods available and all phones are slightly different. But if this basic outline sounds simple enough to you, then just Google the flashing method for your particular phone model, read the comments to ensure it works, and proceed carefully.

As always, there are some risks involved and there’s always the possibility of bricking your phone if you get something wrong. As such, I wouldn’t recommend you try this for the first time on your fancy new phone, but if you have an old device lying round that has CM 14.1 support or even an older version, then why not roll up your sleeves, take a deep breath and have a crack at it. Happy flashing.

CM 14.1 rolling out for the 2014 Moto X, Galaxy S3, HTC One Max and more

The incessant CM 14.1 rollout continues unabated, with a big bunch of new supported devices added to its warm Nougat embrace. CM 14.1 is based on Android 7.1 Nougat, delivering the latest and greatest Android has to offer with some CyanogenMod specialties on top to devices that would otherwise languish back on Lollipop or worse.

Nightlies are now available for the following devices: Verizon Galaxy S3 (D2VZW); international Galaxy S3 (I9300); Verizon HTC One Max (T6VZW); HTC One Max (T6); LG G3 (Canada)(D852); Moto X 2014 (Victara); Redmi Note 3 (Kenzo); Redmi 3/Prime (ID0); Xiaomi Mi Max (Hydrogen); BQ Aquaris E5 4G (Vegetalte); Oppo N3 (N3); Oppo Find 7a (Find7); Oppo Find 7s (Find7s).

To download the firmware and CyanogenMod recovery, just hit the CM Downloads page and look for your device’s codename on the left. When CM 14 dropped, Steve Kondik said CM was pushing for a return to its community-driven roots. With this level of support for various aging devices, they’re certainly on the right track for regaining any fans they might have lost along the way.

When was the last time you flashed CyanogenMod? Will you be jumping on CM 14.1?

CyanogenMod 14.1 now available for Nexus 5, Galaxy S3, Nextbit Robin and more

CyanogenMod 14.1 support has reached even more devices. The latest version of CyanogenMod, based on Android 7.1, was made available for the first time on November 8 for ten-or-so popular handsets. Since then a number of additional devices have made the ‘nightlies’ roster.

The most recent handsets to receive nightly builds include Google’s Nexus 5 [Hammerhead] from 2013 and Samsung’s Galaxy S3 [i9300] from 2012, as well as:

CyanogenMod 14.1 is a custom ROM which delivers an experience similar to that of Android Nougat. It’s still a work-in-progress, so flashing any of the nightly builds mentioned below means you may encounter bugs and missing features.

When announcing the first wave of CyanogenMod 14.1 devices, Cyanogen Inc. co-founder Steve Kondik said: “Now is a great time to get involved with the project […] – CM is returning to its community-driven roots.”

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CyanogenMod 14.1 arrives for the HTC One A9, One M8, LG G3 Beat, and others

4 days ago

Several days ago, Cyanogen announced that the company would be going forward without Kondik, following a post in which he revealed problems he’d experienced while at the company.

Cyanogen Inc. co-founder Steve Kondik speaks out about company failings



Cyanogen Inc co-founder Steve Kondik has posted a statement regarding news this week that the company is closing its Seattle office and laying off staff. In the statement, published on the private CyanogenMod developer Google+ community, Kondik offers his thoughts on what happened at Cyanogen and what the future holds.

“We started the Inc with the intent to bring CM [CyanogenMod] to more people and ship on devices out of the box. I hired everyone I knew, including a lot of community folks, moved everyone to Seattle and we got to work. We got the project in order after years of technical debt, and started to have some successes with our first devices,” Kondik wrote.

“Unfortunately once we started to see success, my co-founder [Kirt McMaster] apparently became unhappy with running the business and not owning the vision. This is when the ‘bullet to the head’ and other misguided media nonsense started, and the bad business deals were signed. Being second in command, all I could do was try and stop it, do damage control, and hope every day that something new didn’t happen.”

Cyanogen Inc. co-founder Steve Kondik speaks out about company failings 

Cyanogen Inc’s Kirt McMaster (above right) has come under fire several times in recent years, notably for making provocative remarks like “we’re attempting to take Android away from Google,” and his interactions with OnePlus found Carl Pei when the companies ended their partnership in 2015.

As well as referencing McMaster’s role in Cyanogen Inc’s recent problems, Kondik also acknowledges his own contribution. “I fucked up and got fucked over. It’s the Silicon Valley way, isn’t it? First world problems in the extreme? It hurts, a lot. I lost a lot of friends, and I’m truely [sic] sorry to everyone I let down. I wish I had made different choices and trusted different people (especially one in particularly early on), but all I care about now is figuring out what to do next.”

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CEO denies rumors that Cyanogen is shifting focus to apps

July 25, 2016

Whether Kondik will stay at Cyanogen Inc remains to be seen, however he stated: “It’s been a huge part of my life for 8 years now and I don’t want to let go of it,” before asking the Cyanogen community about what direction to go in from here.

“1. Should we keep going? Is it worth it? I’m sure I can crowdfund the project, especially if we did something like “Darkside” and really revitalized it. I’m not sure of the endgame yet, though.

2. The main IP is the brand and trademarks. I don’t know if I can get it back without a fight, and I’m tired of fighting. We will likely need to fork and rebrand, which might not be a bad thing. Would you support it?

3. If we reboot, what should we do differently?

4. The rest of the ROM community seems to be highly dependent on us, but simultaneously wants us dead. How on earth do you fix this?


What are your thoughts on the current situation at Cyanogen Inc? Let us know in the comments.

Nougat is coming to the Nexus 4 courtesy of CyanogenMod 14

You’ve got to give credit to the loyal CyanogenMod ROM team, not only are they still hard at work despite the garbage fire Cyanogen Inc has become, they’re still so committed they are about to breathe new life into the ageing Nexus 4 courtesy of CyanogenMod 14 nightlies based on Android 7.1 Nougat.

But it’s not just the Nexus 4 getting CM 14.1 love right now, with six other devices getting official nightly support already. The Chinese clone of the Nexus 5 (CAF), T-Mobile LG G3, LG G Pad 8.3, Asus ZenPad 8.0, Sony Xperia M and Samsung Galaxy S5 (AU) already have nightlies available, and there’s an experimental build for the Nexus 4 if you want to go even more bleeding edge than nightlies.

Nightly builds are pushed out each and every day and contain all the latest code the CM ROM developers have worked on during the day. Things might be glitchy, broken or unstable, but that’s the price you pay for the latest and greatest. If that doesn’t sound like fun to you, you’re better off waiting for a stable or release candidate build instead.

Do you still have a Nexus 4? How many older devices do you have running custom ROMs?