Cyanogen software developer Koushik Dutta made the announcement over the weekend that the company would be releasing its first CyanogenMod phone on 24 December, with Google's blessing.
The announcement came just a day after Cyanogen secured $US23 million in funding from backers, to help it release new versions of CyanogenMod more often, and with more apps and features.
CyanogenMod is a fork of the Android mobile operating system; it is free and the source is available as well. It provides ROMs for a large number
of mobile devices and is extremely popular. Users can also often get a newer update of their phone's software, for example KitKat, before its been officially pushed out by the manufacturer.
"We have successfully closed our Series B financing with our new partners at Andreessen Horowitz and Tencent, as well as continued participation from our current partners at Benchmark and Redpoint. Peter Levine from A16Z will also be joining our board of directors" a blog post reads.
"This new influx of capital will primarily be used to grow our engineering team as well as our UX, design, and product teams so that we can continue to build the next generation of mobile experience.
"What does this mean for you as a CM user? Not much yet, except that you’ll see more new things from us more often. We will continue to invest in the community by way of increased resources, sponsoring more events, and of course staying open. You’ll see new apps and features from us, new services, and also more devices which run CM out of the box."
The team said that, in total, there have been 5 million official CyanogenMod installs while there are also a little under 5 million unofficial installs. The top three devices that have CM running are the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy S III.
As of this writing the stats are as follows
Official Installs: 5,435,225
Unofficial Installs: 4,579,284
Total Installs: 10,014,509
Top 10 installs by version
Top 10 installs by Device