Android devices owners usually install custom ROMs on their handsets because they are not simply satisfied with the default software (for instance, many Samsung Galaxy owners are not very happy with the TouchWiz UI), and others because their devices are old and they are not getting updated by the phone maker anymore.
Good news for the smartphone users who like to run custom ROMs on their devices as the CyanogenMod team announced a couple of days ago that they will offer official support for no less than 8 new Android handset including two devices manufactured by Samsung and six by Motorola. The good news is that, except for the Galaxy S4 C Spire, all the handsets are in line for the Android 4.3-based CM10.2 code base, namely the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G (apexqtmo), Motorola Atrix HD (mb886), Motorola Photon Q – GSM (xt897), Motorola Photon Q – CDMA (xt897c), Motorola Droid Razr M (xt907), Motorola Razr HD – GSM (xt925), and the Motorola Droid Razr HD – CDMA (xt926).
Looking at the devices that will have official support from CyanogenMod, it’s possible that older handsets will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (not the official software, of course), ahead of the Moto X, which has just been unveiled.
As soon as the builds will be available, every Android user that owns one of the mentioned handsets will have the possibility to download them from Here. Those interested will be allowed to choose from various builds such as nightly, experimental or stable build.
According to the CM team, this is only the first wave of supported smartphones, and that other will follow in the weeks to come.
As always, we do not recommend installing custom ROMs on your handhelds because it can be tricky and your smartphones may be damaged. If that happens, know that you are the only one responsible. In case you still want to do it, just follow the instructions carefully and you should be fine. Also, make sure you back up all your data before beginning the process.