Maybe you’ve had it with the long wait for Nougat and would rather take matters into your own hands. Your friends at CyanogenMod are here to help. The first build of version 14.1 is now available, and it’s based on the open source code of Android 7.1 Nougat.
There are nine different devices currently on the supported list. Note that you’ll need an unlocked bootloader to throw CyanogenMod on there. The current lineup stands as follows:
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 5X
- Xiaomi Mi3w/Xiaomi Mi4
- LG G3
- Moto G
- LG G4
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- OnePlus 3
- ASUS ZenFone 2
CyanogenMod’s Steve Kondik says that bug reports are welcome, however they’re discouraged for perceived missing features since this is a new build. For example, CyanogenMod’s themes aren’t yet available. This is expected to come later, along with support for a larger batch of phones.
The impact on you: This is definitely for the tinkerers. If you’re comfortable with loading in another ROM on your phone then it could be a fun exercise to try out Nougat, especially on an older device that might not see it soon or ever. As always, backup your data and be willing to live with some bugs for a while as you ride the CyanogenMod train.
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