Nexus 4 owners should have much to celebrate this day. CyanogenMod, the undisputed king of AOSP based Custom ROMs for Android devices has started officially supporting the Nexus 4 and is out with its first CM 10.1 nightly build. While we know that an unofficial CM10.1 port was released for the Nexus 4 a couple of days ago, this is the real deal, right from Team CM.
While the number of Nexus 4 owners may be few and far between, given the recent lack of stock on Google Play for the latest Nexus smartphone, the ones who have managed to score one against all odds, are probably already getting their flashing hats on and rubbing their palms in glee.
For those of you who are wondering what CyanogenMod is, it is custom firmware based on stock Android, which includes a variety of customization options as well as sytem and performance optimizations, which would not otherwise be found on OEM installed firmware. CyanogenMod ROMs also include optimized CM branded apps which replace default apps in the ROM, like the Apollo Music Player and CM File Manager.
CM 10.1 is based on the latest version of the Android OS — Jelly Bean 4.2. A nightly build is essentially an experimental build, which are compiled every night by a build-bot to incoporate bug fixes and enhancements. There are chances of bugs in a nightly build, as it is not considered to be a fully stable build, which the CM team deems as 100% ready for release. Once the team decides the nightly build is stable enough, it becomes a release candidate (RC/beta) and may eventually become a stable release.
So if you’ve been blessed enough to get that Nexus 4, you can download the official CM 10.1 nightly from the link to the official CyanogenMod download page for the Nexus 4. These can be installed like any other custom ROM via a custom recovery like CWM or TWRP.
Get CM 10.1 Nightlies for the LG Nexus 4 (mako)
Go ahead and try out some sweet CM 10.1 goodness on your Nexus 4, and do share your experience with us in comments below.