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CyanogenMod Team Reveal New CM9 Boot Animation, New Mascot in Full Effect


The CyanogenMod team has made the mascot change truly official, revamping the official CM9 boot animation to reflect their decision. Say goodbye to Andy and hello to Cid. Whether you care for the change or not, it looks like it is here to stay. Frankly, I’m more of a Unicorn man myself these days when it comes to custom ROM’s.

Cheers Scott!

  • Tyler Cameron

    What happened to CyanogenMod? There is STILL not a final build and the next version of Android is about to come out. I’m not asking for ETA’s – I’m wondering wtf happened to the team?

  • JohnnyBananas

    Anyone else gettin’ a nostalgic megaman vibe??

  • Scott

    Tony Stark’s attorney called. Stark Industries has patented that energy source emitting from the chest.

  • JOE

    who the hell cares about the mascot… get on with the release of CM9 already….

  • eddieonofre

    what happen to the skate board,and the tool hands???
    Boring animation…

  • bose301s

    Absolutely love the ROM, leaves everyone else in the dust and it’s still just in the nightly phase, but with as much love as I have for the ROM I have equal amounts of hate for the new mascot.

  • Akilig

    The only thing cool about this cat is the Arch Reactor he has on his chest.

  • lolercopter

    just release cm9 already and deal with boot animations later..

  • trbasil

    Even Verizon doesn’t take this long to push an update

    • summit1986

      No, but they sure try hard,,,

  • Oh good. Seven months later and they managed to swap out the overlay .png.
    Good job CM9.

  • azndan4

    Ugly and lacks personality.

  • nimbyist

    i think they should have adopted the alien from FF8, i think PuPu was the name?

  • John Jenness

    Still a Tele-tubbie…

  • John Davids

    HATE this new mascot. Ugliest POS I have ever seen.

  • cbstryker

    Don’t know why everyone hates the new mascot. It’s definitely a step up from the previous mascot.

  • EL Big CHRIS

    If they ever released a stable rom for the nexus I’ll give it a try. Otherwise, AOKP seems to be miles ahead in the mod department

    • Josh Nichols

      The nightlies ARE stable.

    • bose301s

      I’ve used both, and sorry, even in nightlies CM9 is lightyears ahead of AOKP, in speed, stability etc.

      • red014

        I’ll agree here with one caveat… I get lockups 2-3 times a day with the CM9 kernel. Swap it for Imo’s lean kernel and I get better stability and battery life on CM9 than I ever do on AOKP. Speed seems to be a push.

  • calculatorwatch

    Where’s that music from? Sounds like Pokemon music on Steroids

  • I’m perfectly willing to give CM9 a try IF it ever comes out for my DInc, otherwise once AOKP is stable, I’m dropping that on it. I used MS4 and it wasn’t real stable but when it was running I loved it. I’m a bit gunshy about pre-final builds.

  • EC8CH

    I think CID is at least an improvement over skateboard Andy.

    • John Davids

      False. Skateboard Andy was amazing. I weep his death.

  • desiman26

    Interesting choice of music. Lets hope that’s not part of the boot. haha.

  • cancerous_it

    they are the best custom development team of any mobile platform, so much so that they are probably envied by most oem companies…but they are using MIDI audio in their promo videos??????

  • Mario

    I don’t think they’re going for ‘angry’. Rather, the thing is supposed to look ‘devious’, which is supposed to be cool in a brooding-teenager sort of way. After all, you’re breaking into your phone and replacing the ‘legitimate’ system, right? yeah, I hate it too.

  • billy routh

    AOKP just realesed build 38 it includes Widgets in the navigation bar.

  • BulletTooth_Tony

    The Napster head got a body?

    • Napster got raped by Iron Man.

  • summit1986

    It’s like an angry teletubby

    • EC8CH

      needs moar purse

  • After the crap Protekk pulled on Reddit last night I will never use AOKP. CM9 for me

    • summit1986

      Woah! What happened?

      • cbstryker

        Just looked it up (just Google “Protekk” and limit the search to the past day). The Guy MUST be high or something. Normal people don’t act that way.

        • GotSka81

          Seems like just another day at the office in the world of irc…they all have a ton of rules that you must follow, or else you get banned. This guy didn’t follow the rules of the channel, so even though Protekk was being a bit of an asshole, sometimes that’s the only way people learn to follow the rules of a channel.

      • Josh Nichols

        A user went into AOKP’s IRC to report a bug. He wasn’t very helpful but ProTekk, being the asshole he is, jumped on him and they both started acting like children. Said user went on /r/Android and made a post about it. Protekk and a few other members of AOKP came on to defend him, most people sided with OP, blah blah

      • Josh Nichols

        A user went to the AOKP IRC to report a bug. User wasn’t helpful, neither was Protekk. Arguing ensued, and the rest of AOKP felt the need to defend Protekk, and most of /r/Android sided with OP.

        • He also went to twitter and posted something like, we need him more than he needs us. Then in the IRC he was dropping the N word and making Mexican jokes. As someone who donates a lot of money to Devs I support I’m never using AOKp

      • summit1986

        Saw the thread… what a d-bag… #patiencefail

    • azndan4

      Protekk acted extremely childish and unprofessional when he insulted that user on IRC. I will be using CM9 or something else from now on until Protekk is removed from the AOKP team.

  • Levi Wilcox

    Only thing I hate about AOKP is the unicorn

    • Matt Gondek

      The worst is when I forget it’s there and reboot my phone and my friends go “why the (pick an expletive) is there a unicorn on your phone?!”

      • billy routh

        That’s why I flashed a new boot animation

      • You could go to Rom Control and disable… then you get the generic Android boot.

        • Matt Gondek

          Did it once, but I actually prefer the unicorn to the generic. I gotta find something else to flash lol

      • JoshGroff

        I just say “because unicorns are (pick an expletive) awesome!”

    • Eric Franca

      That’s what I love most about AOKP

  • DanWazz

    Not a fan of the new mascot, but not a bad animation.

  • jawabba

    My Thunderbolt would love this. Oh wait.

  • InyRules

    I miss Andy.

  • I just disabled the boot animation on my gnex. Best thing I’ve done. Boots up 5 seconds faster and is way less distracting.

    • Choirboy

      Just tried to disable my boot animation, and my phone is now telling me that I’m a jerk. Don’t know if it booted any faster. Just has a small boot animation of the word android instead of my lovely unicorn. Switching back. Can’t have any hard feelings between me and my gnex!

      • KleenDroid

        Ha, when it told me I was a jerk I thought uh oh… and turned it back on. I don’t wan’t a unicorn mad at me.

  • I’m a unicorn as well but this is kinda cool.
    Is it weird that I’m more curious about the soundtrack used in the video?

    • JoshGroff

      Unicorns FTW.

      Brohoof /)

      • CynicalBrony

        >Implying that somebody who likes unicorns is a Brony.

        • JoshGroff

          It was a joke, and obviously he was referring to AOKP. No offense was meant to Bronies.

          • CynicalBrony

            Why would we be offended by that?

          • JoshGroff

            It sounded like you were offended by that, it’s pretty hard to interpret subtle meanings behind text, which is where a bunch of online arguments start.

  • T4rd

    Liquidsmooth 1.4 (at the moment) has everything I could want in a ROM right now and is very stable.
    I would try CM9 out if they had something besides nighties (last time I checked). I don’t think they have a “stable” release out yet and I don’t want to keep flashing/updating everyday to stay on the latest nightly.

    • Nightlies aren’t meant for people like you, they are for people who are either addicted to flashing roms or they are wanting to help and commit code or bugs. Without nightlies a lot of bugs would slip through the cracks and be in a RC or even a stable build. You better respect them nightlies boy.

      • T4rd

        Lol, I know how it works and you’re right, they aren’t meant for me. I use my phone for (srs) business a lot, so I can’t have my phone bugging out on me. I hope they can put a stable build out soon as I’d like to try something new, but I rarely even have time to research, backup, flash, then restore a ROM nowadays =(.

      • KleenDroid

        Back when I was a kid I loved watching all those Grizzly Adams movies.

  • sc4fpse

    Ugliest mascot ever.

    • Agreed, not a fan here.

      • feztheforeigner

        What? That really didn’t make any sense…

        • michael arazan

          Cordy and ironman merged into one?

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  • Raloc

    The unnessecarily angry face is really stupid and I hate it.

    • jeesung

      it’s marginally better than the “deer in the headlights” face it has at the start of the animation