CyanogenMod has been one of the most popular Custom ROM options for quite some time, since near the beginning days of the Android operating system. If you have ever been curious as to what benefits you might get from rooting your device and flashing a custom ROM, there are numerous reasons why, not the least of which is the vast amount of customization options. There are lots of benefits besides a more open custom experience to your personal device though, and the recent announced partnership between Cyanogen Inc. and Nextbit has just given users one more reason why they might want to consider looking into whether or not using a custom ROM is for them.
Today Cyanogen Inc. and Nextbit announced what they have been working on, a service called Nextbit Baton. At its most basic, Nextbit Baton is a sync feature that allows a richer sync experience across devices than ever before. This isn’t just syncing service though that lets you sync your accounts across devices like with Gmail and your “my apps” list, browser history etc. Nextbit Baton will allow the user to “Pass” open apps across devices, meaning that you could be using an app on your smartphone at work, and then pick up from where you left off on your tablet with the app open and in the same exact state as you were on your smartphone. No more opening apps on separate devices and maneuvering to the same spot. The pass feature takes care of it for you.
In addition to pass, there’s also a Backup and Restore option which will store any app and data information to the cloud using a Nextbit profile. This isn’t too unlike Helium from ClockworkMod or Titainum Backup. Lastly, and perhaps expected is also a sync feature which allows users to keep the apps and data they use on multiple devices in sync across them for an easier, more convenient user experience. For now, Nextbit Baton is exclusively available to CyanogenMod, so if you’re shopping around for a custom ROM, CyanogeMod might be the flavor to pick if you like what you hear about the Nextbit service.