What is CyanogenMod

CyanogenMod is a customized, aftermarket firmware distribution for select Android devices. It was based on Android OS though. It was developed by Steve Kondik (a.k.a Cyanogen), CyanogenMod Team. Based on the Android Open Source Project, CyanogenMod is designed to increase performance and reliability over Android-based ROMs released by vendors and carriers such as Google, TMobile, HTC, etc. CyanogenMod also offers a variety of features & enhancements that are not currently found in these versions of Android.

Its Features:

  • Native theming support (also called the “T-Mobile Theme Engine”).
  • Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) support.
  • A Large Access Point Name list.
  • OpenVPN client.
  • Reboot menu.
  • Support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB tethering, CPU overclocking
  • Performance enhancements
  • Soft buttons.
  • App permissions management.
  • Interface enhancements.

CyanogenMod is also stated to increase performance and reliability compared with official firmware releases. CyanogenMod is developed as free and open source software based on the official releases of Android by Google, with added original and third-party code.

It started with CyanogenMod version 3.1 making firmwares based on Android 1.5 (Cupcake), Android 1.6 (Donut), Android 2.0 / 2.1 (Eclair), Android 2.2 (Froyo), Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Android 3.x (Honeycomb), Android 4.x (Ice Cream Sandwich). The latest is the ICS-Based CyanogenMod version 9.x.

The CyanogenMod is available in English language, German language, Simplified Chinese language, Traditional Chinese language, Japanese language, Russian language, Swedish language, Korean language, Finnish language, Portuguese language, Polish language, Catalan language, French language, Italian language.

CyanogenMod (CM9) for Droid 3:

Cyanogenmod 9 (CM9) for Galaxy S2:

How to sync iTunes with your Android Phone

Android Phones now can be synced with your iTunes for your favourite music. It has become possible by using TuneSync.

TuneSync Android App

TuneSync is an Application from Fireleap Software LLC that allows to synchronize your iTunes music and playlists over the Wi-Fi to your Android phone. It copies the unprotected music to your SD card and creates playlists that match your iTunes playlists. TuneSync does this all over your Wi-Fi connection. There is no need to connect your Android device to your PC or Mac.

The TuneSync is available for purchase at $5.99 in the Play Store. Although you can try out TuneSync Lite which is available for free and then download the paid version.

It requires iTunes in your computer and computer requirements are:

  • Mac OS X requires 10.6.x or higher.
  • Windows requires .NET 4.0 runtime

Procedure to Sync with TuneSync

  1. Download and install the TuneSync Windows or OS X host.
  2. From your Android device, download and install the TuneSync or TuneSync Lite App.
  3. On the Android device, type in the computer name you wish to sync with.
  4. On the Android device, select the playlists you wish to sync with.
  5. TuneSync will now start copying your music files over in the background. TuneSync will also keep your device synchronized on a regular basis over your Wi-Fi connection without ever connecting it to your PC.

Happy Syncing!