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12 January 2012, 12:50

CyanogenMod surpasses 1 million installations

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CyanogenMod logo CyanogenMod development team member Koushik Dutta has announced that the project's open source modified Android firmware has been installed on more than one million devices around the world. At the time of writing, the CMStats web page currently shows a total of 1,001,177 installs of CyanogenMod across all versions, with 7,895 having been added in the past 24 hours.

Zoom CyanogenMod has been installed more than 1 million times
These statistics are collected by the CMStats application which is included by default with CyanogenMod; when users first install the custom firmware they are prompted with a notification asking them to opt-in to "CyanogenMod Statistics". As noted in a 2011 CyanogenMod Blog post, the CMStats app collects "non-invasive information" including an encrypted hash of users' IMEI or MEID, device model ID, mobile carrier, country as reported by the carrier, and the installed CyanogenMod version. Each time a user's phone boots, it also sends a "checkin" to the project's servers.

Created by Steve "Cyanogen" Kondik, the CyanogenMod project offers free community-built custom ROMs that don't include any of Google's custom closed-source applications, such as GMail, Google Maps and YouTube. The custom ROMs are popular as they are often more up-to-date than the official model-specific Android releases and will typically extend a phone's capabilities.

The current stable release is CyanogenMod 7.1, which is based on the source code for Android 2.3 "Gingerbread". The developers are currently working on version 9 of CyanogenMod based on Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich".

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