The hardworking folks over at CyanogenMod made Android Nougat 7.1 for Google Nexus 4 a reality. Owners of the 2012 flagship can now enjoy Google’s latest Android operating system.
The CyanogenMod series created by XDA Developer Forum‘s senior member Santosh. The open-source software is based on the Android Open Source Project. It contains additional themes and features not present on the official release version of Android.
CyanogenMod 14: Experimental Build Version
CyanogenMod 14 is based from Android Nougat 7.1. Google Nexus 4 owners can access the newest CyanogenMod ROM without any Google Apps.
One major drawback is that CyanogenMod 14 is an experimental build. Users may experience a handful of bugs and glitches along the way.
The third-party software is well-suited for those who have an old Google Nexus 4 lying around and don’t mind tinkering with their device. Interested takers should back up their files before installing CyanogenMod 14.
According to Android Authority, the CyanogenMod ROM team also released the CyanogenMod 14 update for older Android smartphones. The list includes the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, Sony Xperia M and Asus ZenPad 8.0.
Android Nougat 7.1 For Google Nexus 4 Features
Android Nougat 7.1 introduces “App Shortcuts.” This feature allows users to access shortcuts within apps for different functions. It can be enables by long pressing an app icon. Google Chrome will also have a new functionality that can optimize pages for mobile reading, Phone Arena noted.
As for Cyanogen, there are rumors the software developer is facing financial crisis. Cyanogen’s head honcho Kirk McMaster maintains that the company is doing well despite reports of a mass layoff.
“Cyanogen NOT pivoting to apps. We are an OS company and our mission of creating an OPEN ANDROID stands,” he said on Twitter. “FALSE reporting was outstanding.”
In a previous tweet, McMaster did confirm Cyanogen had “let go of some wonderful folks.” He did not reveal the exact number of discharged Cyanogen personnel.