As promised, the CyanogenMod team is making it super easy to install its Android-based software thanks to a new app in the Google Play store. The company on Tuesday announced a worldwide release of its CyanogenMod Installer, accompanied by a PC client application, which promises a much simpler installation process. If you plan on embarking on the CyanogenMod journey, know that your device will be wiped completely, so be sure to backup before installing.
“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,” said Steve Kondik, co-founder and CTO of Cyanogen Inc.
Last month, CyanogenMod officially announced its decision to form an official company, saying an installation app was also on the way. With plans to become a viable mobile competitor, this is a huge first step—an easier installation process will no doubt attract casual users previously scared off by the complicated operation to get CyanogenMod up and running. Kondik said support thus far has been overwhelming; about 9 million people currently use CyanogenMod.
If you’re unfamiliar with what Cyanogen does, it provides users with even greater customization, performance and functionality than a typical Android device—sometimes even more flexible than the stock Android experience. Once you have CyanogenMod running on your device, you’ll have access to features like PrivacyGuard and DSPManager, and constant OTA updates not regulated by carriers. The list of devices supported includes the Samsung Galaxy S II, S III, S4, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and HTC One.