CyanogenMod is undoubtedly the most popular ROM out there, hitting 10 million installs by the end of 2013 and that only includes devices which owners allowed CyanogenMod to collect stats from.
The reason I love it is because it’s not far from AOSP (stock Android) and most of the features I use. No unnecessary features or bloat. Below I’ve included additions that particularly attract, they may or may not be made by or limited to CyanogenMod.
CyanogenMod Theme Engine
I love the theme engine mainly because it has the ability to apply boot animations and icon packs to your phone. The only downside is that the boot animation has to be included in a theme. I make my own though and it works perfectly. At the moment, the only problem with it is that it force closes the system UI at times.
Perhaps it’s not the best or most feature filled launcher out there but I definitely find it attractive because of ease of use and not too many options. It also features an option to add a panel to swipe to Google Now. This is currently a bit buggy but a neat feature. It’s also lighter and less battery consuming than Google Now Launcher. It gives you three font options and also the ability to change screen transition effects.
CM didn’t make this themselves but rather uncovered it hidden in AOSP and simply had to enable it. It’s an IOS/Paranoid Android style notification that floats above apps. It doesn’t have too many options and allows blacklisting of apps.
This allows you to hide, ahem, apps you don’t want anyone to uncover. It’s pretty neat because it also hides the app from your app settings menu and most other places.
This is enabled by enabling developer options. This option allows you to underclock in order to save battery and also to change your CPU governor. You can also adjust memory management.
Love this music player simply because it’s light and also has theme support. It’s also light on battery and memory.
This file manager hides root folders by default which is good for those new to root but root can be enabled in settings. This app also makes batch operations really easy and it’s easy to use. The only thing missing is zip extracting/reading.
Double Tap Status Bar To Sleep
Ever since using CM, this is basically how I always lock my phone. I almost never even touch my power button.
These options include encrypted messaging, number blacklisting and also managing of app permissions. It’s good to see options like this in a custom ROM especially for those who love privacy.
These are but a few things I love about CyanogenMod. I love many more things about it. Perhaps it’s not the most feature filled ROM but it’s the one I keep coming back to.
What are your opinions? I’d like to hear them. You can let me know in the comments.
Official sites: cyanogenmod.org and cyngn.com
Google+ Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/107373456059326217974