On the heels of yesterday's plug for Ghostery's new web browser
, and further exploring the idea of getting a "root" experience on your Android device without actually rooting it, here's something that was posted to XDA just this morning
. It's a way to get some of CyanogenMod's built-in apps without flashing CyanogenMod. It's called, appropriately enough, the CM App Installer.
I had come across it on the Play Store recently, but wasn't sure if it was legit. Apparently it was legit enough for Google to ban it; the front page of XDA is good enough for me.
I personally think that it would be better for users if CM unbundled their apps and offered them as standalone downloads, either through the Play Store or F-Droid
. Until that day comes this is pretty much the only option you've got—if you don't want to flash CyanogenMod, that is.