CyanogenMod Installer is now available from Google Play Store, the installer is meant to bring easy installation of the CyanogenMod to the masses. Custom ROM installation on Android is not everyone’s cup of tea, to make the process as simple as possible CM has released this installer.
CyanogenMod has recently transformed itself into a company and laid out plans to reach more Android devices. The announcement of installer for CM is not a surprise as it wants to reach average Android user, with out these kind of installers it is almost impossible to reach mainstream users. CM also announced a deal recently with Oppo and want to partner with other Android manufacturers to go mainstream. Oppo has released N1 with CyanogenMod as an options OS for its smartphone making it Oppo N1 first Android handset to come with CyanogenMod pre-installed.
How it works:
Users who want to install CyanogenMod can get the installer from the Google Play Store. Open the installer and enable USB debugging mode, and connect your phone to a PC. Follow the onscreen instructions for installing CyanogenMod. Currently only Windows OS is supported, Mac support will come at a alter date.
You don’t need to root your device to follow this procedure, and also you don’t need to unlock the bootloader, the installer will take care of this. CyanogenMod recommends that you need to be running stock ROM for this to work. If you are running a custom ROM already the installer might still work provided it recognizes the device correctly. CM also advises to backup your data before proceeding, use high quality USB cable, the one that came with your phone will do. It is also recommended to disable your Anti-Virus during the installation procedure. It is also a good idea to take the backup of your stock ROM to external SD card incase you want to go back to stock ROM.
Only a handful of devices are supported at this point of time. Check out the documentation and the list of supported devices here.