1.- Real Lollipop
We have been waiting months for the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop for smartphones like the Motorola Moto G 2013, which now seems to be coming. The company has confirmed that it will arrive later than expected for the Motorola Moto X 2013. Something similar has happened in the case of HTC. And in general, if your smartphone does not have Android 5.0 Lollipop today, the manufacturer of the same is already late. This will not happen with CyanogenMod 12, which was released a long time ago and is based on the new version of the operating system. If you want Lollipop right now, the best thing for you is to install CyanogenMod 12.
2.- Pure Android
CyanogenMod 12 is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, but not only that, but it is based on the pure interface, similar to that of the Nexus. The software modifications that it has are not like the software layers of manufacturers such as Samsung, LG or Sony, but are modifications based on pure Android, which ensures that the operation of the smartphone will not only be fluid, but it will probably be better than with the manufacturer’s ROM, unless we talk about very specific cases such as the Nexus, or the Motorola, in which the fluidity will be similar.
3.- Modifications already installed
If you have never tried CyanogenMod, you will be surprised with the new version. You would have been surprised with the one from two years ago. Even today there are companies that present software news that are based on functions from years ago of CyanogenMod. It’s amazing how many options you have already installed. You don’t have to flash files to install them from the Recovery Menu. In CyanogenMod you already have many modifications installed that add functionalities that you do not have on your smartphone with common ROM. The Moto G, for example, is a pure Android smartphone, but it would be nice to have some extra features. With CyanogenMod 12 we get them.
4.- Configurable as none
I have an iPhonero brother, who always picks on me for having an Android. He recently used my smartphone and was surprised that it didn’t have a shortcut in the notification bar to block screen rotation. And it is that, in the original ROM of my smartphone, the settings that appear in Quick Settings cannot be modified. This problem was fixed a long time ago in CyanogenMod. And it is just one example of the configuration possibilities it offers us.
5.- Constant updates
Software updates are great for users who love to be installing new ROMs and trying new features. If you have a smartphone from any manufacturer with its original ROM, you will receive very few updates per year, and most of them are irrelevant. With CyanogenMod 12 you have tons of updates. Sometimes, it will even be a lot of updates, so you might prefer not to update, but at least you have that possibility.
6.- Personalization themes
I love the feature of the Sony Xperia in which you can install themes, which change the appearance of the interface completely, the colors of the notification bar, the menus, and even the design of the Android navigation buttons. . This is one of the most remarkable features of CyanogenMod 12. But the best thing is that although the themes are modified, you still have Pure Android, so the operation of the smartphone will continue to be very fluid. You can even create your own themes to customize the smartphone as you want. For me, one of the most remarkable reasons to install CyanogenMod 12.
Now, before you install it, you should know that if you have a high-end smartphone, or with very special functions, such as a heart rate monitor, a camera for which the manufacturer has not published the source code, or an S Pen like the one in the Galaxy Note 4, you will lose all these functionalities. Unless you think they are useless for you, you may not be the perfect user to install CyanogenMod 12. However, if you have a normal smartphone, CyanogenMod 12 is for you.