Cyanogen, Inc. did something unexpected this week, releasing what I would consider the "crown jewels" of their custom ROM as a separate, flashable zip.
tipped me to the existence of C-Apps
, a bundle of five proprietary applications that can be flashed to any Android ROM with an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery. Those apps are: AudioFX, Cyanogen Account, Gallery, Theme Chooser and Truecaller Integrated Dialer.
Why would an Android user want this? For starters, Cyanogen's Music Player has enjoyed a very good reputation among modders for a few years now. Their newer theming engine is also very popular and, in my opinion, much more polished than the Layers alternative. Finally, these applications—together with an alternative app store like F-Droid—would be a godsend for a user seeking an Android experience without