Monday , March 12 2018

Cyanogen officially comes to Nexus 6 and LG G3


So if you’re the modding type, then you’ll be into Nexus devices. You’ll probably also have heard of, and may have a passing interest in, CyanogenMod, which is one of the first (and still one of the better) custom ROMs available for a wide variety of Android handsets.

Until now, if you wanted CyanogenMod on the Nexus 6 from Motorola, or LG’s G3, it was a case of downloading custom ROMs that had been ported over from something else. Not an ideal solution.

Now, CyanogenMod is available on a range of handsets including Nexus 6, the LG G3, as well as the devices included in the Android One program. While these are only nightly builds for the time being, they are based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and they’re available (which is pretty cool).

Like any nightly, there are some caveats to be mindful of; they’re likely to include bugs, which could be pretty serious. With newly supported handsets like the Nexus 6 and LG G3, there’s a good chance things will be broken, or become broken, so using these builds on your daily phone mightn’t be wise just yet.

Android One handsets aren’t quite so lucky; while they’re receiving CyanogenMod now, it’s CM11 (which is KitKat based) rather than CM12 (which is Lollipop based).

If you have one of these supported handsets and half an hour to kill, give them a try and see what you think, and of course, let us know!

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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