Updated Android

I’ve had a Samsung Galaxy S2 for about 2.5 years now, originally bought as a Vodafone contract handset. It’s a great phone; nicely put together and reasoanably durable and powerful, but of late I’d got it in my head that the version of Android was getting on, and the combination of Samsung and Vodafone apps over the top annoyed me and cluttered the OS.

Enter Cyanogenmod, a community-generated derivation from the Android source. As the S2 is a popular device, it’s well supported, and a quick prompt from a nice chap on Twitter pointed me in the right direction, and with a few Android developer tools installed on Ubuntu ( damned site easier than Windows), I was done. With the phone rebooted, I’ve got Android Kitkat, no Vodafone bloat, and a generic Android interface, and seemingly, better performance and battery life 🙂

4 Responses to “Updated Android”

  1. species5618 Says:

    I have run Cyanogenmod (various version and other AOSP ROM) on many phones, going back to may HTC HD2 (yep should be a windows 6.5 device) Sii, S3, Note 2, not tried my note 3 yet, and many

    and I agreed with all of you findings, however for me, Cyanogenmod rarely supported Netflix, or occasionally has the odd hiccup, (mind you I do run the nightly releases)

    and normally end up back on the BTU (non branded ROM) for which ever phone I have
    http://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/database/ is worth a look,

  2. Willenhall Lad Says:

    Should have gone for an iPhone mate!

  3. stymaster Says:

    You haven’t got one, Fruitboy. At least, I hope not.

  4. Willenhall Lad Says:

    I was offered one in a pub in Walsall but I said I’d like to keep my shirt. iPad is excellent though!