Abstract: Android has grown tremendously as an open source operating system for mobile handsets (smartphones) and continues to expand covering various other aspects of our digital lives such as Television, cars, wrist watches, and oth-er smart home devices. CyanogenMod is an aftermarket firmware developed using the Android Open Source Project sources and distributed officially as well as unofficially to numerous smartphones worldwide. Its impact as an alterna-tive to Google’s stock Android user experience and intervention into the realm of already overcrowded industry, with an aim of ‘taking Android away from Google’ is worth studying.

Keywords: CyanogenMod, Cyanogen, Android, Open Source Operating System, ROM.