If you’re an Android user, and comfortably familiar with terms like Root, Flashing, Custom ROMs, bootloader, Clockwork MOD, and the likes, it would be safe to bet that you have, at some point of time or the other, heard about, or for that matter used a CyanogenMod ROM on your Android device. CyanogenMod or CM as it is colloquially known, is a custom firmware developed by the CM team for a number of Android based devices, which offers features and customizability, which is not available on the official firmwares for these phones/tablets.
CyanogenMod 10 or CM10 is a custom firmware developed by the CM team based on Android 4.1 or Jelly Bean. Starting with the September 2012 M1 Build, they are doing a monthly “M-Series” release. Once the team deems a build stable enough for daily use, it is released under the M-Series moniker. M2, in this case, is the second stable release of CM10, based on the Android 4.1 or Jelly Bean OS.
As opposed to the stock Android OS version, Cyanogenmod builds include custom features like native theming support, FLAC audio codec support, a large Access Point Name list, an OpenVPN client, an enhanced reboot menu, support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB tethering, CPU overclocking and performance enhancements, soft buttons and other “tablet tweaks”, toggles in the notification pull-down (such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS), app permissions management, as well as other interface enhancements.
The M-Series is a monthly release series, and are essentially stable builds, ready to be your daily driver.M2 builds are currently being built for the following devices, as quoted from the CyanogenMod official website”
We are building M2 for these devices:
- Galaxy Nexus GSM (maguro)
- Galaxy Nexus VZW (toro)
- Galaxy Nexus Sprint (toroplus)
- Galaxy S2 GT-I9100G (i9100g)
- Galaxy S2 AT&T LTE (skyrocket)
- Galaxy S2 T-Mobile (hercules)
- Galaxy S (galaxysmtd)
- Galaxy S B (galaxysbmtd)
- Captivate (captivatemtd)
- Galaxy S3 Sprint (d2spr)
- Galaxy S3 VZW (d2vzw)
- Galaxy S3 AT&T (d2att)
- Galaxy S3 TMO (d2tmo)
- Galaxy S3 US Cellular (d2usc)
- Motorola Xoom (wingray/stingray)
- Nexus S (crespo)
- Nexus S 4G (crespo4g)
- Galaxy Note AT&T (quincyatt)
- Galaxy Note T-Mobile (quincytmo)
- Google Nexus 7 (grouper)
- LG Nitro HD (p930)
- LG Optimus Black (p970)
- LG Optimus LTE SKT (su640)
- Sony Xperia Acro S (hikari)
- Sony Xperia S (nozomi)
If you cannot find your device in this list, chances are that there would be a nightly (It’s basically means a daily version- yes, we know it sounds weird) build available. If not, more devices are being added on a regular basis.
If you want to try out this awesome ROM, keep in mind that you need to be rooted. If you aren’t and are scared at the mention of the word, you are probably better off not venturing into this territory. But if you are the curious type, you can be rest assured that once you have used a CyanogenMod build, you would never want to go back to stock Android or for that matter, any other custom build.
If your device features in the list above, you can download the CM10 M2 for your device from the official CyanogenMod website. CyanogenMod also has an extremely active community which you can depend upon for any kind of support. Of course, if it makes life easier, you are welcome to ping us and we’d be happy to help out.