Thursday, June 28, 2012

CyanogenMod 9.0 RC1 Released

The first release candidate of CyanogenMod 9.0, which is based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, has been released. It is available for 37 devices officially for now, and support for various other devices will be added later. The development cycle took almost 8 months since Android 4.0 was made available in the AOSP repositories by Google. The CyanogenMod team hasn't yet announced a final release date for CM9 stable. The official CM9 RC1 release announcement is here:

The CyanogenMod team needed to jump straight from Android 2.3.7 to 4.0.4, as the source code for the Android 3.x branch wasn't released by Google before it appeared in the history tree of Android 4.0. Inevitably, this jump has resulted in big changes and thus an extended development cycle.

For those who don't already know, CyanogenMod is an open source replacement firmware for mobile phones and tablets based on the open source Android OS. Besides the officially supported devices, many unofficial forks of CyanogenMod exist, which bring it to a wide variety of handheld devices. For installing CyanogenMod, you might need to root your phone, which might result in voiding its warranty.

CM9 doesn't allow root access to the apps and USB debugging by default, but this can be easily changed from the system settings menu. Since CM9 is based on Android 4.x, it brings all the goodies that the vanilla Android 4.x has to offer, plus many additional user experience tweaks, stability fixes, performance improvements and more. The complete CM9 changelog can be found here:

Worth mentioning, since CM9 isn't stable yet, installing its RC1 might result in bricking your phone - a risk that exists always when installing an alternative firmware, whether deemed stable or not.

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