When it comes to Android smartphones, the majority of big-name brands often play around with Google's vision for Android. This is often to help their products stand out from the crowd, differentiate themselves from other feature sets out there and so on, and while many users appreciate this, there are just as many that don't. For as long as Android has been around, CyanogenMod has been offering users a purer route to Android, as well as the ability to still get all the Google services that they've become accustomed to. Despite the formation of Cyanogen Inc some years ago now, the open source side of CyanogenMod still continues to this day, and more and more devices are constantly being added to the list that have access to the custom ROM.
Now, a trio of new devices have been welcomed into the club, with the headlining addition here being the Nextbit Robin. The Robin was famously born on Kickstarter, and while it runs mostly stock Android, it has special software in it to keep on offloading unwanted files and apps to cloud storage. The Robin gets a codename of "ether" for its CyanogenMod releases and the other two devices joining it are the Yu Yureka (codenamed "lettuce") and the HTC Desire 816 (codenamed "a5dwg"). It's interesting to see the Yureka added to this list, as it ships wth Cyanogen OS onboard, but CyanogenMod 13 will bring with it the Marshmallow version of Android and perhaps some extra features here and there. Those looking to get their hands on the latest and greatest from CyanogenMod can do so from the source link below, but they are wise to remember these are test builds and they might not work 100% as you'd like them to.
CyanogenMod continues to offer users a great mix of stock Android with some extra features that powerusers will find handy and helpful. As CyanogenMod continues to add features and such, it's nice to see more devices continue to be welcomed into the fold, and for those using budget-minded devices, CyanogenMod continues to be a great way of making the most of their devices, for a lot longer.