The big question that is on everyone's mind when it comes to CyanogenMod
these days is "when might we see Ice Cream Sandwich on device xyzzy?" Work
on the ICS-based CyanogenMod 9 (CM9) proceeds apace, but trying to get any kind
of estimate would undoubtedly violate the first rule of CyanogenMod:
"you don't ask for ETAs". There are a couple of different
interesting things going on in CM-land right now, beyond all of the work on
bringing ICS to the many supported devices.
Two things in CM developer Koushik Dutta's Google+ post
from January 10 stand out: the idea of a CyanogenMod App Store is gaining
some traction, and that CM is approaching one million unique installs. While one million
users is a pretty significant number, it's still a drop in the bucket
compared to Android devices overall (which have 700,000 registrations per
day at last count). Still, it is quite an achievement for the project.
Incidentally, the numbers gathered by CM come from the opt-in CMStats
program that users are asked to enable at first-boot time. Undoubtedly,
some users don't, so it's likely that CM has already surpassed the
million-user mark. Since CMStats checks in on each boot, though, it is a
reliable source of data for counting "unique, active, user installs", as
Dutta put it.
The app store idea comes about for a couple of different reasons. Apps
that required rooted
devices have a tendency to get kicked out of the Android Market, presumably
because the carriers don't like them. Other unpopular app types include
emulators for older video game systems (without the ROMs that would clearly
be a copyright violation), one-click rooting, and tethering apps. Dutta is
thinking that an app store that is not under the thumb of Google and the
carriers would provide one-stop shopping for those kinds of apps.
The "shopping" part is important. Dutta and project founder Steve Kondik
see a CM app store as a way to generate revenue to help support the
project's development. If a portion of the revenue from such a store went
to the project, it could cover some of its increasing hardware and server
costs. As Dutta mentions, there is no reason that it would be limited only
to CM installs either as
any alternate Android ROM could include it (presumably with some kind of
revenue sharing deal).
Based on the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the Google+ posting (it
reached the 500 comment
limit in less than a day) it seems like an idea with some legs. In fact, a
would seem to indicate that Dutta has started working on code for the app
store. Several commenters brought up issues that a CM app store would need
to address, including ensuring app quality (and security/privacy), but
overall, it would appear there are quite a few users interested in a single
to get "banned" apps.
While there have been no CM9 progress updates since one was posted to
the blog on December 2, there are a lot of CM9 "KANG" (unofficial)
builds floating around in threads on the XDA-developers site and
elsewhere. No official builds have yet appeared, though, not even release
candidates or nightlies as yet. In the meantime, one can either be patient
or go ahead
and build CM9
from the source.
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