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New Uses for Old Smartphones

Often older smartphones are still perfectly functional, but are no longer being supported with updates. Alternative operating systems like CyanogenMod can be a solution, but installing such third-party software voids the manufacturer’s warranty.

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Smartphone users often start thinking about buying a new device sooner than they would otherwise because the manufacturer no longer provides updates for their model. For smartphone manufacturers, it’s a way of pressuring customers to upgrade. Tech-minded innovators have stepped into the breach by developing their own custom operating systems. The best-known is CyanogenMod, which is has already been installed on more than eleven million devices.