CyanogenMod has just made an announcement that takes its security and privacy thrust to the next level. In the coming nightly builds, the team will be integrating a new WhisperPush feature that will allow CyanogenMod users to have the option to send and receive encrypted SMS.
CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android, and AOKP, have risen to become the more popular ones. One new contender, OmniROM, is slowly but surely building up its army by adding six more smartphones to its list of supported devices.
CyanogenMod is bringing Android to devices no manufacturer, or even Google, would dare go. In particular, the popular custom ROM has been the savior of many older devices that are relatively capable of running more recent Android versions, such as some of Sony's Xperia smartphones from 2011.
voluntarily pulled from the Google Play Store earlier in the week. While disappointing to see, it was said the Installer managed to get "hundred of thousands" of downloads in the time it was available. If nothing else, that suggests a decent amount of users are interested in running Cyanogen, but want an easier path to installation.
Sony may be looking into delivering Android 4.4, or at least Android 4.3, to some of its slightly older devices dating back as far as 2012, but some devices aren't so lucky. But thanks to custom Android ROMs and the persistence of some individuals, the Sony Xperia go, Xperia P, Xperia Sola, and Xperia U might soon be enjoying the latest Android version via CyanogenMod 11.