Last year Android ROM fans rejoiced when CyanogenMod released an official installer app in Google Play, but it wasn’t long before the application was voluntarily pulled at Google’s request. Now one of the Android hackers over at XDA Developers Forum has announced a new way to upgrade your smartphone to CyanogenMod, this time via text message.
The new third-party app, called SMS-Romer, makes it easy to flash CyanogenMod even if you smartphone is out of reach, and supports nightly, stable, release candidate, and snapshot CyanogenMod builds. It will also help you install special versions of Google apps, called gapps, since the traditional applications for services like Gmail, Google Play and YouTube don’t come pre-installed.
You’ll need to make sure your device is supported by CyanogenMod before you proceed, and it also has to be rooted. This application is probably meant for experienced rooters, but if you meet the requirements go on and download the app via the source link below. It’s not available through Google Play though, for what should be obvious reasons.