Cyanogen group is one of the biggest Android third-party compiler teams. These guys have created many stable systems starting from Android 1.6 ROM for Google. Their releases in early stages promoted thousands of users to upgrade their Android 1.6 to 2.1. Today CyanogenMod is a modified mobile system version of Android which is available for free. In order to understand why it is so popular, we must explain its main differences from the native Android system:
1) Confidentiality of user's data. This is a major concern for the CyanogenMod team. Their product allows you to select what apps can have access to various information and tool on your smartphone including camera, geolocation, contacts, and more.
2) CyanogenMod has more options for saving information and data on your mobile device. In older Android releases you could not install apps on the SD card, while Cyanogen had no problems with that.
3) Root rights available by default. You can dig into the Linux-part of the system, create your own packages, check /etc., and many other features just like in any other Linux-based system.
4) The possibility to deactivate checking of DRM contents in the developer’s menu.
5) Zero percent chance of getting malware and crapware ‘presents’ from the mobile device manufacturer. Many Android smartphones and tablets with the official Android system usually come filled with tons of unwanted things, background services, and applications.
Now let’s talk about design. The very first thing you see on your screen after launching is a lock screen. It is not as much multifunctional as we would like but still offers a couple of neat things. CyanogenMod’s launcher is a good addition to the mix, and it receives regular updates and fixes. Looks cool and collected – created by professionals. This launcher has tons of functions and flexible settings which allow users to customize it as they want.
The main settings menu in CyanogenMod is a bit limited in interesting functions and option. However, the developers promise to expand the functionality very soon. As for now, you have:
- A status bar with the option to drag the clock to the center;
- The possibility to change the look of the battery charge indicator;
- Quick access icons that can be easily edited;
- An advanced manager that allows combining and mixing selected existing themes into new themes.
- Minimized battery consumption thanks to the restriction of network connections;
- The option to set a password for the lock screen in the form of pattern key.