Most of you have been wondering what CyanogenMod is and what does it do, but you’ve never had the time, need or knowledge to go into detail and see what CyanogenMod has to offer. Well, I'm here to clear out the clouds and give you the answers to what, how, why, who, and those other questions that come along.
First of all, let’s get to know what CyanogenMod is and then we will get into more detail and see what other questions pop up. CyanogenMod is, as their website states, “an aftermarket firmware based on the open-source Android OS”. Now, if you’re wondering what open-source is, think of it as a product, final or in constant progress that can be modified and redistributed by anyone, anytime without any or with few restrictions.
Getting back to our main topic and putting it lightly, CyanogenMod is a modification or partial reconstruction of the Android OS that can be installed on the majority of phones with the condition that they are rooted, otherwise the installation of the firmware is not possible.
I told you more questions would come up, and now, you’re probably wondering what a rooted device means. Well, it means gaining full access of your device in order to modify or replace system files.
A rooted device is better because as I said before, you get more control over your files, have the possibility to modify the clock speed of the processor with or without a specific app, remove bloatware that slows down your device, tether for free and the main reason most people root their devices is to install a custom firmware, like CyanogenMod.
Be advised that rooting your device will void your warranty, but you can always go back to a non-rooted state and have your warranty back, so no worries there.
Why do phones come rooted you ask? Well, carriers apply this restriction on the devices they ship for many reasons that further improve or maintain their interests, one of those reasons is charging for some services that can be free when the phone is rooted, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB tethering.
If you're wondering who is the man behind this firmware, I can tell you that CyanogenMod was developed by a so-called JesusFreke and after he’d stopped working on it, Steve Kondik aka Cyanogen took over and continued developing the custom ROM under the name of CyanogenMod, thus founding the team behind the project.
There's a variety of CyanogenMod versions out there, ranging from official stable or beta (experimental or nightly) versions to unofficial modifications of the CyanogenMod frimware.
Now that you know what CyanogenMod is and who founded it, let’s talk about how to install it on your device. Well, I can tell you that the installation process of the CyanogenMod firmware varies from one device to another and you can find guides on how to install a certain version of CyanogenMod on our website.
I know I haven’t answered your question entirely, but I’ll try to put it as simple as I can. The installation of a CyanogenMod firmware is a semi-complicated process which if not executed correctly could affect your device badly or it could even brick it, rendering it useless.
That’s a mouthful I know, but we’re not done yet, as there’s another question that needs to be answered and it relates to why would users want to install a CyanogenMod firmware on their device. A CyanogenMod firmware brings a lot of performance improvements over the stock Android OS and it also comes with a truck-load of new features and enhancements that help speed not only the performance of your device but the way you experience it also.
People also install CyanogenMod on their phones because it comes with the latest or desired version of the Android operating system, a version that could not be officially available yet or it will never be.
Hopefully, the content I've covered is enough to answer all of your questions, but if you have any other question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below.