Along with many others, CyanogenMod has for quite a long time been the “daily driver” ROM on all of my devices. In fact, despite having a Nexus 4, I have been waiting for the CyanogenMod build based on the Android 4.3 to upgrade to Google’s latest and greatest OS.
Fortunately, the wait is now over, as the CyanogenMod team has just posted the first nightlies of CyanogenMod 10.2, which is the version based on Android 4.3. The builds obviously have all the new features of Android 4.3, including virtual surround sound, dialer automplete, OpenGL ES 3.0, better notifications, improved security features, and plenty more. In addition, the builds include CyanogenMod’s Apollo player, CM file manager, new Focal camera , and the much improved CM quick settings. Sadly, the impressive Chromecast streaming feature hasn’t yet been added, but it will hopefully be coming in the near future.
Currently, CyanogenMod 10.2 is not out for all the CM supported devices, and is only available for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 2013, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Sony Xperia Z. In addition, these builds are still very early, and obviously could have some problems. Of course, I’ve run nightly builds from CyanogenMod for quite some time, and there are almost never any serious problems. So, if you have the custom ROM itch or are just waiting for a custom and familiar Android 4.3 ROM, now is as good a time as any to update.