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CyanogenMod version of Android exceeds 10M installations

The alternative Android build has attracted a lot of usage, along with venture capital, but tech enthusiasts remain the core user group.

Cid, the CyanogenMod mascot
Cid, the CyanogenMod mascot. CyanogenMod

CyanogenMod, a version of Android popular among those unhappy with the operating system that came with their phones, has now been installed more than 10 million times.

That's according to the CyanogenMod statistics site, which tracks installations. CyanogenMod got its start as an enthusiast project built from Google's Android Open Source Project -- the public releases of Android's source code, updated each time Google releases a new version of the OS.

Now, though, Cyanogen is a company with venture capital, and it's getting more attention with Oppo N1 phone support and employee hiring.

As of 6:15 a.m. PT, there were 10,028,044 CyanogenMod installations. Cyanogen periodically scrubs out devices that haven't checked in within 90 days so those that no longer use the OS aren't counted.

The most popular version is the cutting-edge nightly build of CyanogenMod 10.1, which is built each day with the latest updates. That suggests CyanogenMod's stronghold remains with the technophile crowd.

That's not a surprise -- installing a new operating system isn't for the faint of heart. Cyanogen has been trying to ease the process with the CyanogenMod installer app, but Google evicted the app from the Google Play service.

Google has approved Cyanogen's plan to ship CyanogenMod on an Oppo N1.
Google has approved Cyanogen's plan to ship CyanogenMod on an Oppo N1. Cyanogen

[Via Android and Me]