The funny thing about customizing an Android or iOS device is that the customization experience generally reflects the companies behind the mobile platforms.
Moving an ione from stock iOS to a jailbroken version is an easy, fast, enjoyable experience, it has been for several years. Android rooting, on the other h, is a more hackerish endeavor, requiring research, a hful of developer tools, patience, the willing to troubleshoot technical snafus.
But those Android hassles are coming to end, at least for one of the most popular alternative Android installations.
The developers behind CyanogenMod recently released a one-click installer application that works with select Android devices, including most Samsung Galaxy Nexus hsets.
l you have to do, CyanogenMod says, is download the installer from ay, tether your Android device to a ndows , download the companion app for your ndows . Then begin the process on your phone follow the on-screen instructions.
CyanogenMod says plans are in the works to release an app for OS X as well. For right now, however, using the CyanogenMod installer requires ndows. haven’t had a chance to test the installer out yet, but CyanogenMod’s process appears to be pretty straightforward.
Even with a one-click installer, prospective CyanogenMod users should still do a bit of legwork before making the switch. For starters, make sure your phone data is backed up that the back-up package is not stored on your phone. This will let you return to a factory reset if any problems arise.
so, only install CyanogenMod on a fully-charged device make sure any anti-virus programs like okout are disabled. And as always, you root your phone at your own risk—the mere act of doing so may void your phone’s warranty. (Though if trouble arises, you could reinstall a stock build of your phone’s OS before bringing it back to the store.)
If you run into problems using the new installer, CyanogenMod has a help forum up you can also drop in on the CyanogenMod IRC channel on Freenode.