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What does CyanogenMod actually mean/do for Android?

What kind of things can you do with CyanogenMod?
What actually is it? Is it a different operating system? Or is it just a way to get different things on your phone (like jailbreaking for iPhone)?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Jan. 9, 2014 at 19:54

It's, in a nutshell, ... well, like a streamlined, bloat-free Android version. It doesn't do anything
exciting. But it strips away the nonsense that some OEMs and networks install on branded phones.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 9, 2014 at 19:54

It's, in a nutshell, ... well, like a streamlined, bloat-free Android version. It doesn't do anything
exciting. But it strips away the nonsense that some OEMs and networks install on branded phones.

cowbutt  Jan. 31, 2014 at 16:33

Also, it's very often more up-to-date than the official firmware, both in terms of the version number, and in terms of the fixes and patches that are included.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 31, 2014 at 17:24

Also, it's very often more up-to-date than the official firmware, both in terms of the version number, and in terms of the fixes and patches that are included.

True. Especially if you have a network-branded device, your updates can be delayed by months (if you get any at all, righ, Vodafone Ireland ;) )

Pondlife  Jan. 31, 2014 at 20:45

Have you used it lately Jan?
Privacy guard seems nice feature.
Status bar edits and double tap to sleep is something I like a lot and notification counts for emails and texts
Editing the Quick settings panel to get the button you want and alter how some work
Colour and gamma tweaking, better brightness control
Quick launch shortcuts instead of google now

Pondlife  Jan. 31, 2014 at 20:57

Oh and that streamlining Jan mentioned often makes the device faster in practice (not to mention the possible overclocking possibilites to make it even quicker, or underclocking if you want to eek out a little more battery life)

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 31, 2014 at 22:03

It usually frees up a load more RAM too, due to not needing to run a heavy UI such as TouchWiz or Sense.

Pondlife  Jan. 31, 2014 at 22:41

Yeah not seen the N4 with less than 1gb of ram free yet.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 31, 2014 at 22:48

Note 2, stock Samsung 4.3 firmware, no apps open: ~0.75GB of RAM free.

All so I can "enjoy" the TouchWiz experience, yay... :|

Pondlife  Jan. 31, 2014 at 23:40

Closed all the apps that were running, well the ones you can and 1.3gb

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 1, 2014 at 00:43

With a "normal" number of apps running, the Note 2 has 0.41GB left oO!!

It's pretty shocking that with no apps running the Nexus 4 has twice the amount of free RAM compared to the Note 2, bearing in mind both devices have a total of 2GB.

Pondlife  Feb. 1, 2014 at 02:13

Was thinking well it's got higher resolution but erm it hasn't has it.
Hmm just opened loads of apps, and can't get back down to 1gb used, it has cached most of them though. Thought google earth would make dent it. Hmmm

Course could just mean that it's overzealous in app closure

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 1, 2014 at 02:29

Was thinking well it's got higher resolution but erm it hasn't has it.
Hmm just opened loads of apps, and can't get back down to 1gb used, it has cached most of them though. Thought google earth would make dent it. Hmmm

Course could just mean that it's overzealous in app closure

Nope, specs wise (numerically) they're almost identical devices, only the S4 and above run at full 1080p.

It's just Samsung's love for installing ridiculously heavy UIs on their phones. It needlessly hogs resources when vanilla Android is now a slick, functional and aesthetically pleasing OS.

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