CyanogenMod has its days numbered, specifically have left you until the 31st of December of life, time in which will have their eternal rest. Possibly the most used custom ROM of all time, and it will be difficult for any other, with current optimization of Android, to be capable of reaching their figures.
Probably many of the Veterans of here have great amount of memories of that nice blue and more slender doll that Andy, some you will be saved of a brick, mobile others there will be given the support that the manufacturer has not provided, and it will be given to others hours and hours of discovery and use.
CyanogenMod has been one of the most important contributions in the Android world, and even without some of the features which incorporated the ROM, the operating system would not be as complete. There is no best farewell to one of the historical ones of Android that do a small review of what it was and soon will no longer be.
2009: Hello, CyanogenMod
The development community is almost as old as Android, and proof of this is that shortly after the release of the HTC Dream, got root access. This happened in the last quarter of 2008 and, probably, they did not know the enormous amount of doors that would open with this gesture.
Already in 2009 appeared a custom ROM of CyanogenMod name which, with the passage of time, would be of the most famous among the Android community. Its initial release was 3.1 and was based on Android 1.5 Cupcake incorporating, in addition then Google applications and that would put him in a small mess.
Do not pass a year and already have problems with Google
Had not abandoned the 2009 when Google sent him a letter to Steve Kondik, head of development of CyanogenMod, and not just to declare his love or rant about the Teletubbies, but to give a touch of attention (this letter was cessation and withdrawal) and demand it deleted applications Google of your ROM..
What is now known to many as GApps (or Google Apps) were, by then, applications of closed-source that came included in Android, their licenses prevented you from being distributed freely. This forced Kondik to separate such applications starting with version 18.104.22.168, based on Android 1.6 Donut.
This touch of attention from Google He came to discontinue development of the ROM for a few days and, in addition, put many of the users of CyanogenMod against Google. Both parties came to an agreement whereby the ROM could go ahead, but excluding the proprietary elements in it.
As a solution, in CyanogenMod were the GApps separately, allowing you to enter them after you install the ROM without any copyright problems. However, some developers got to work to find alternative applications to replace the Google time.
Is the golden age of CyanogenMod
The team behind the most famous CyanogenMod was working hard to support more and more devices and add more and better functionality to Excel above other ROMs and layers of customization that manufacturers insisted on snap.
The only version of Android that was lost this ROM was 3 Android Honeycomb, corresponding with the version 8.x of CyanogenMod which, although it planned to launch it, never saw the light. With the arrival of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, CyanogenMod (on version 9.x) would be completely renewed and substituting Trebuchet ADWLauncher (used from version 5.0) in the 9.0.
Here is where began to improve more significantly, winning in agility and with an improved graphical interface. Being more and more stable, even in the ‘nightlies’, and incorporating new as NFC payment or blacklist features, they were consolidated as the best ROM for many.
Probably the zenith came with Android Lollipop and its version 12.0, where besides continue to increase the number of supported devices, earned even more on stability and fluidity, helped by Lollipop.
The arrival and departure of CyanogenOS, an attempt to be a layer of customization alternative
A glimmer of hope was kindled when, after founding Cyanogen Inc, announced the arrival of CyanogenOS which, far from being a ROM, would be a layer of customization for which I would like to include it with the flavor and aroma that everyone knew from CyanogenMod. The Oppo N1 was the first adventurer to install version 10.2.
However, what seemed to be a success, It became increasingly apparent failure, giving reason to those who did not see this step as a positive development. Did not the ten models which installed CyanogenOS in his short life, being the most prominent OnePlus One and the Z1 ZUK, his scant support for what we had used him remained attractive.
The 2016, which is nearly finished, CyanogenOS was abandoned not to acquire the popularity of some of the upper echelons believe that it would have, not even approaching that goal. Obviously, manufacturers with its own layer, except for a few exceptions, not installed CyanogenOS, and those who had no coat and installed, not repeated.
The decline of CyanogenMod came with the increasing improvement of Android
Android has not done more to improve throughout its history, taking steps that perhaps were not always successful, but knowing to adapt to the new times. Unquestionable stability of the operating system along with its customization capability made little necessary custom ROMs.
CyanogenMod is who has most suffered these consequences and, although It has resisted other ROMs have fallen, their internal problems and the little decisions have not helped you at all. So complete is becoming Android that cooked ROMs are not an option unless you want to try something different.
The latest stable version of CyanogenMod was 13.0, although there are ‘nightlies’ versions 14.0 and 14.1 which, most likely, do not have a stable version. The 31st of this month lights favorite ROM of many, including myself, will they turn off forever, being the end of a cycle Android.
Goodbye CyanogenMod, Hello LineageOS
In just five days CyanogenMod departs us, a farewell that, although it was come, continues to be a sad news for the Android community and those who loved the aggressive customization. They have been seven years that have taught the community road to follow, even to the own Android to the “give” features.
However, the legacy of this ROM will continue to live, not only in those that develop from the code that the group will cease to be available, but at LineageOS, or at least that’s what it says. What is clear is that If you intend to pick up the baton left by CyanogenMod, are going to have to work really hard.
Not only are going to have to convince the community that they are worthy to take the place of CyanogenMod, but will have to overcome the improvements that continues to experience Android to not end up in the well which have destroyed many other. They really are what they claim to be or it is just an attempt to gain fame? We’ll see.