When you talk about custom ROMs on Android, the first name that comes to your mind CyanogenMod. However, if you have kept track of the news, you must have heard that Cyanogen Inc, the company behind Cyanogen OS is shutting down its services and nightly builds arrive on December 31, 2016. While the source code and developments of CyanogenMod will remain alive under the new Lineage OS open source project, lack of infrastructure and resources such as the OTA update system, download servers, backport developers etc.
We now know why the theme engine took too long to get to CM14 (based on Nougat) and although independent developers can still create custom ROMs based on the Lineage operating system, it will never be as simple as CyanogenMod. So, time to look for alternatives, right? Well, we've got it covered. Here are the 5 best CyanogenMod alternatives you can install:
1. Paranoid Android
CyanogenMod had become the number one custom ROM for Android devices because of the fat that brought an Android warehouse look with tons of customization options. Well, the paranoid Android ROM offers something like this. ROM offers features like Hover, (which are basically interactive notifications), a Immersive mode (hides the status bar for more space for apps), Pie (uses the navigation bar through gestures), Peek and a dynamic status bar. Additionally, developers have started releasing Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based builds. Paranoid Android also includes the CyanogenMod Theme Engine but considering that there is no CyanogenMod 14 Theme Engine, we will have to wait and see how they go on.
Unfortunately, Paranoid Android cannot match the number of devices supported by CyanogenMod, in reality no ROM can support popular devices such as Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, OnePlus 3 etc.
2. Resurrection Remix
Resurrection Remix one of the custom ROMs regularly updated and stable . The very popular ROM out there, thanks to its plethora of customization options and, as we said, its stability. In addition to the functions of AOSP (Android Open Source Project), Resurrection Remix offers its own set of unique additional features such as the ability to customize notifications, the lock screen, the status bar, the navigation bar, themes etc. Basically, you can customize almost everything on the ROM without the need for third party apps. In addition, it borrows features from every other ROM including CyanogenMod and the developers have already released a version based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
Resurrection Remix available for a plethora of devices from manufacturers such as Nexus, Samsung, OnePlus, HTC, Motorola, etc.
3. thin ROMs
Slim ROM is a popular custom ROM for Android and, as the name suggests, small in size but still full of features. Like any other version, Slim7, based on Android 7.0 Nougat, offers some unique "Slim" features such as the dark theme, Slim Recents (a unique take on multitasking on Android), SlimPie (based on the functionality of CyanogenMod's PIE controls), SlimDialer, Privacy Guard, Notification Reminder and more. The best thing about Slim ROM is the fact that developers are fast when it comes to new versions. In fact, some people claim that they are even faster than CyanogenMod when it comes to new versions.
Slim ROM available only for a handful of devices, but Slim ROMs can be found for almost all devices via XDA.
4. Dirty unicorns
Dirty Unicorns a custom ROM that you will love if you want a myriad of customization options on your Android device. Like other CyanogenMod alternatives on this list, the developers of Dirty Unicorns came out with a ROM based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Unique features of the ROM include status bar and notification shadow customization, lock screen configurations etc. It also includes a section "Dirty Tweaks", in which you will find options such as double tap to lock, immersive mode, OmniSwitch mobile toolbar, data flow indicators and Di Pi. While Dirty Unicorns used CM Theme Engine in its old ROMs, the latest Nougat based build includes the engine of the WHO / Substratum themes .
OmniROM a custom ROM developed by the former CyanogenMod developers and recently released a build based on the latest and greatest Android 7.0 Nougat. In addition to the usual Android functions and customization options, OmniROM offers some exclusive features such as the OmniJAWS weather service, DSPManager, delta update system, dark mode user interface, quick settings panel, Do not disturb mode and OmniSwitch, which allows you to switch from one app mode to another quickly and easily. In addition, available for various LG, Sony, Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, Asus, HTC smartphones etc.
Install these CyanogenMod alternatives on your Android device
Most of these ROMs don't officially support many devices, but you can flag the XDA and find a forked ROM for different devices. In addition, most custom ROM websites don't have an updated list of supported devices, but you can check their Google+ community pages for the latest information and developments. In addition, there are various other ROMs such as MIUI, AOKP, AOSB etc. But we didn't include them on this list because they don't support new devices and are slow when it comes to development.
Well, those were some custom ROMs that you should install to fill the huge void that CyanogenMod does. While we hope Lineage OS has always been CyanogenMod, you can't rely on this. Fortunately, these are some worthy ROMs for your Android device. So, try them out and let us know your favorite custom ROM. Also, if you know of any other alternative CyanogenMod ROMs, please let us know in the comments section below.