CyanogenMOD has always been something of a strange beast. It’s been the most popular of the Android custom ROMs, garnering huge public attention (and scrutiny) over the last three years, despite not charging a cent for its product. As open source projects go, it’s a success, used by over one million people across 70 devices worldwide. It’s been translated into almost every imaginable language, and has spawned a whole generation of Android modders to think differently about their phones; we’re no longer stuck with the skinned and often dated software our phones came with.
To that end, CyanogenMOD is introducing a new Mascot, Cid (Cyanogen ID), to the world. According to a blog post written about the change, the new mascot “will be unique for CyanogenMod and provide an identity and attitude by which the project can continue to develop – a mature Android OS … We believe we’re more than just “stock Android for a zillion devices”, and we felt the need for a distinct identity; a change was needed.”
The old mascot, the ‘Droid bug on a skateboard, was actually developed under a Creative Commons license from Google, who owns the rights to the Android logo. But as AOSP diverged from CyanogenMOD, it made sense to change the very representative of the brand. And because the internet is inherently anonymous, many of the hard-working coders (except for Steve Kondik, Cyanogen himself) are faceless, nameless people, going only by their ephemeral handles.
Cid also appears far less complacent than the previous mascot, with a subtle menacing smirk about him that upholds the vanguard ideology of CyanogenMOD itself. To read all about the Cid from the designer himself, head on over to the CyanogenMOD blog.