Like any other open-source project the community is always behind in the success of the project. Android community is a big and strong. Koushik “Koush” Dutta one of the member of the Cyanogenmod team and developer of the Clockworkmod Recovery and Clockworkmod Tether announced that the world’s number after market Cyanogenmod firmware has been installed in more than 1 million devices.
Cyanogenmod is a 3rd party firmware replacement for most of the Android handsets. It was developed by Steve “cyanogen” Kondik and the community grew big with more and more developer getting involve to the project plus the crazy support from users who likes to hack their Droids.
Android is an open system where users have the power to modify the system to their liking thus 3rd party firmware developer comes in. It also helps the gap of the Android fragmentation.
The Android update fragmentation is a major headache to consumers. As OEM makes more and more phone and update is quite slow as Google will release a new version of Android and then the OEM will modify the original Android to their needs and add some flavors for their own devices. With CyanogenMod ROM you can install it to your device and you will have a better system with lots of tweaks, this is one of the reason of the success of 3rd party firmware, not only Cyanogenmod but many others. Users are trying to improve their system performance that original Android and OEM releases can’t provide. Using third party firmware and ROM get rids of any bloatware, add tweaks and fancy to the Android powered devices.
Third party ROM also makes older devices to work with newer Android releases when the manufacturer (OEM) stops providing update to it. One good example is the two year old device HTC Desire with 237,517 installs and takes advantage of CyanogenMOD 7 (Android 2.3 Gingerbread based).