Review: CyanogenMod Rom for the OUYA and how to install it

In this post we want to discuss the currently only custom ROM based on the Cyanogenmod project for the OUYA.

After our last experiments with installing MX-Player, BubbleUPNP and some other programs on the stock rom I found that the experience was not thaaat satisfactory, so I installed the Clockworkmod recovery, short CWM, and afterwards the CM10 custom rom made by khanning88.

That is not a very complicated task, but there are some obstacles I experienced and want to share with you.

Right to work: The first thing we have to do is to install the Clockworkmod recovery image on the OUYA. This is necessary to flash alternative versions of the operating system to our little console.

Fortunately there are some tools and tutorials for accomplishing this task 🙂

I followed the pretty good tutorial you can find here. If you are using Windows 7 like me and use the manual method, because the one click method was not working, you may got a problem, when the device boots the bootloader. The driver for fastboot and adb is the same, but your computer will not load it by itself. So the OUYA will again stuck with a yellow exclamation mark. So again you will have to load the driver from the package and voila!

Once you have installed the custom recovery on your OUYA and the right drivers on your PC/Notebook let us install the Cyanogenmod Custom Rom. Once again there is a easy to follow tutorial how to accomplish this task here.

You will have to flash the .zip file threw CWM recovery. The developer recommends not to flash the kernel, but to start the console every time by fastbooting the kernel is  not that comfortable in my opinion, so I took the risk and flashed the boot.img-file to the console. I was happy to have the fastboot driver installed at this time – no unnecessary complications at this crucial moment  are advantageous.

But if you can´t see any device, when typing “fastboot device” into the terminal, that may be the problem.

You also may consider to flash Google apps for Google Playstore. Don’t take a actual one, since Cyanogenmod for OUYA isn’t based on Android 4.2.2, but 4.1.

The next step is to boot up your device, go threw the post-install procedure and enjoy 😉


Cyanogenmod for the OUYA is pretty snappy, no lags, although you will experience some little flaws with the video output from time to time.   Another issue with this rom is the audio output with the Google Apps such as Youtube or Play Music. It is working, but while there are no problems with other Apps, the audio has a pitch with Google Apps, which makes the sound heard pretty funny.

Even on Youtube this error does not occur every time, but rather randomly.

Whats not working well is the controller support – although you can pair the controller with the OUYA console, the input-alignment of the buttons is not really usable. If you find  a way to remount the buttons of the Bluetooth paired controller, please share your knowledge in the comments section 🙂

The problems with the controller didn’t bother me at all, because I am  not using it really – there is a app called Droidmote in the Playstore, which is simulating a mouse controlled from your Android based tablet or mobile.

The Cyanogenmod image is a early build, but functioning surprisingly well on the OUYA console.  There are some shortcomings though –  there are no settings for changing resolution, or the font size. Neither there are settings for the audio output.

This build is although a good start for developing. Maybe we will see a 4.2.2, or maybe 4.3 AOSP build though.

Off course we will keep you informed, so stay tuned!

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