CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Come to Nexus 10

For those of you who have unlocked and rooted your Nexus 10, and enjoy flashing ROMs you can now get CyanogenMod (CM) 10.1 on your new Android tablet. To download you can follow this link to download the ROM and get to flashing.

Remember that flashing a Nightly is not for the novice or the faint of heart. Nightlies are the newest, most experimental  and generally the least stable forms of any ROM. Developers use them so that everyone collaborating on a new ROM can keep up with the breakneck speed at which ROMs like CyanogenMod are perfected. Of course, if you are an advanced user, feel free to grab these early ROMs and help the great developers over at CM speed their work along. CM 10 ROMs aren't the most customizable ROMs out there, but it is one of the most stable, and therefore most popular. A recent survey indicated that at least 1.5 million Android users are currently running some form of CM on their device. These impressive numbers have led to lots of amazing developers being able to do some great work on this ROM. If you already use any version of CM feel free to click here and donate to the hard-working developers that make CyanogenMod possible.

If you are not one of the many who have unlocked and rooted your Nexus 10, feel free to head on over to the XDA Thread to find the easy root toolkit as well as answers to any questions you might have. Many people avoid rooting their device because of a fear of messing something up and ruining their new smartphone or tablet. While this is a slight risk, the chances of bricking a device when following the instructions of the developers who design the various methods of unlocking the bootloaders and then gaining toot access to a device is fairly slim. It is actually a lot of fun to try different versions of Android on your phone as often as you want. But don't necessarily jump in with both feet. Do a little googling and research exactly what terms like ROM, flashing, bootloader, and root mean. Make sure you practice responsible management of your backups and don't forget to wipe when switching between ROMs or different Android releases (e.g. ICE to JB), and things will generally go great. It's a good feeling to take true ownership of your device and to learn more about how it works.

Of course, we don't know how long it will take for a stable build to evolve from these recently announced nightlies, but chances are that within a few weeks we will all be snagging a dependable version of CM 10.1 for the Nexus 10.

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