We have covered the effects left on the community by Steve’s decision to make CyanogenMod a private company, Cyanogen Inc.Undoubtedly, the move empowers the core CM team to spend more time on the project but many in the community feel let down.The backlash kept coming, starting from the Focal drama and then Adam Outler’s opinion and other minor contributors. Few vowed to stop contributing to the CM project, others were looking for other hobbies and few users promised not to use CM anymore since it was not “open” anymore. Steve has always been available to assure users that it would stay the same, but he seems to failed in talks with others.
XDA has always been against this idea, starting with Adam. They needed to do something, and now they have been secretly planning and the outcome is the “Omni Rom”. Omni Rom is a new custom ROM for various devices, there is a separate forum for the “ROM” itself, first of its kind on XDA (sounds fishy yet?)
They have also set up a website and it seems to be taking a direct dig at CyanogenMod.
“Omni is what custom ROMs used to be about – innovation, new features, transparency, community, and freedom. We offer you an alternative to other ROMs that may choose to water down their distribution at the cost of providing options for the user.”
Also, a dig at the way CM handles Nightly builds :
“Talking of nightlies, we also recognise how people use Custom ROMs – we’re all custom ROM users and developers ourselves – the argument that “nightlies are not for end users” is over-used, and no longer valid. We’ve found that the majority of users want to get nightly updates to their ROM. For that reason, nightlies aren’t around – nightlies are for new features that are finished. You should be able to expect the same stability and reliability from a nightly as you would from a “release” ROM, and can report any bugs that prevent this from happening.”
So, here we have another Custom Rom which has the backing of XDA and several skilled developers, interestingly Chainfire is a part of this project, Chainfire is undoubtedly one of the most popular android hackers, all his apps and tools have thousands of users.
The list of contributors has not yet been published, but expect some highly popular developers from the community.
- Nexus 4
- Nexus 7 2012 (Wi-Fi and 3G)
- Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi and 3G) &
- Nexus 10 are supported.
Expect the list to grow exponentially soon.
- Flippable Quick Settings
- Roadrunner mode
- Multi-window (Enables the user to run more than one application on the screen at once)
- Daydream enhancements
- Integrated Performance Control
- 3D depth Phase Beam
Competition is always good, this is just the beginning of the Anti CyanogenMod as we believe it to be.It is still a long way and would be interesting to see how the community reacts to the further developments from both the sides.
To get involved in the Omni ROM project, visit omnirom.org