App still needs to be paired with a Windows component to install firmware
In its push to make installing its custom firmware easier for the average user, CyanogenMod has just launched its installer app in the Play Store. You'll need more than just the app to get through the process, however. After installing and going through a few basic instructions related to turning on USB debugging and the like, you'll be pointed to its get.cm website to download the desktop software to initiate the install.
You'll still need a Windows PC (running Vista or later) and a good USB cable to get your phone flashed with CyanogenMod, which adds another wrinkle of complication to the process. The combination of apps on your phone and computer should make it pretty simple though, provided your phone is on the list of compatible devices.
Although the app doesn't do a whole lot on its own, you can grab it from the Play Store if you're willing to also download the software on your PC and move through the process to bring CM to your device.
CyanogenMod Installer Launches on Play Store
SEATTLE - November 12, 2013 - Cyanogen Inc. today announced the the global release of the CyanogenMod Installer to support the CyanogenMod Project. Available via Google Play™, the application brings all the features from the direct to consumer Android OS to millions of new Android users worldwide with a new and simplified installation procedure.
CyanogenMod has become an enthusiast favorite with over 9 million registered users, and the new installer opens the door for more people to harness the full potential of their Android devices.
Paired with the PC client application, the Installer makes replacing and upgrading your current Android installation as simple as a few clicks.
“Our goal for the installer has always been to allow more users to experience the benefits of CyanogenMod, without the hassles of technical guides and concerns associated with the process.” - Steve Kondik, Co-Founder and CTO of Cyanogen Inc. “I’m especially pleased by the support the community has shown for our initiative and want to thank all those that helped beta test the installer.”
The application and installer are free to download and provide a convenient tool to upgrade your phone to the latest release of CyanogenMod. CyanogenMod provides users with greater customization, performance and functionality than the often outdated Android OS found on their device. Enhanced security functionality such as Privacy Guard protects users’ data from malicious or overzealous applications. The custom DSPManager allows for a system-wide equalizer to get the most out of your media and speakers. With integrated themeing capabilities, users can customize the OS to suit their tastes. The built in over-the-air (OTA) update capabilities ensures that users are never far from the latest feature, bug-fixes, and security updates.
About CyanogenMod OS
The CyanogenMod OS is based on Android 4.3 and is constructed by Cyanogen Inc. and its community developers as an open operating system. CyanogenMod uses code and technology pioneered by Google’s Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to extend and enhance software and device functionality. CyanogenMod is a user focused OS, alleviating the concerns over device longevity and limitations of use. CyanogenMod allows users and developers alike to be free from incumbent proprietary models.
About Cyanogen Inc.
Cyanogen Inc. is founded by the lead developers of the CyanogenMod OS to promote and enable a user focused approach to the mobile ecosystem. Today, millions of users use CyanogenMod as the OS of choice for their mobile experience. For press inquiries, please contact email@example.com.
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