After rolling out RC2 for CM7.2 based on Android 2.3.7 a month ago, and nearly CM7.2 RC1 nearly three months ago, the CM team today has finally released the final version of CM7.2 for a bunch of Android devices. Compared to the last two RC releases, the final version of CM7.2 does not contain any new features. It mainly consists of bug fixes, and some stability and performance improvement. Some of these bugs have been plaguing quite a few Android handsets for a long time now including the popular ringtone disappearing from SD card issue.
Apart from this, the final version of CM7.2 brings support for tons of new handsets including Samsung Galaxy Ace, Mini, Motorola Atrix, Sony Ericsson Xperia Live, Pro, Active and more. While the development pace for CM7.2 did slow down heavily, the CM team made up for it by back porting some features from CM9 to CM7.2 including Smart Dialing, and ICS like animations. The whole change-log for the update can be found here.
Going forward, CM7.2 is going to be the last release for quite a few handsets that can perfectly run Ice Cream Sandwich including the Nexus S and Galaxy S II. However, development as a whole for CM7.2 won’t stop as the developers will keep on trying to support as many devices as possible and fix any new bugs they come across.
After a lot of hard work, the CM team today has finally released a Release Candidate of CM7.2 based on Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread. The last major CM7 release, CM7.1, was released quite a few months back and since then the CM team has worked hard on adding support for more devices.
With CM7.2 RC1, the CM team officially supports a whopping 70 Android devices, including all the Xperia handsets from Sony, the popular Samsung Galaxy Ace, Mini, Epic, LG Optimus Black, Sol, One, and many other handsets. CM7.2 also contains some major bug fixes, including the popular media files disappearing from the SD card bug fix.
Other than bug fixes and support for more devices, CM7.2 also contains many features back ported from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich including a predictive dialer (finally!), auto-rotation animation, other animations from ICS, and much more. The whole change-log can be found here.
The CM team has also been working hard on CM9, which is based on Ice Cream Sandwich. With CM9, the whole CM team is taking a new approach to things, including enhanced security measures like no root access by default. The CM team has also been rolling out CM9 nightlies for quite a few Android handsets including the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S2, Motorola XOOM, and the Galaxy S since the last few weeks.
It was more than two months ago, that the CyanogenMod team released CM7.1 beta. Since then, the team has rolling out nightlies daily with new features, bug fixes and many enhancements. But the team did not release or even talk about a stable CM7.1 build.
Today, the CM team has finally released a stable CyanogenMod 7.1 build, based on Android 2.3.7, for a bunch of devices. The new stable build contains some new features like a new lock screen style, support for Bluetooth mouse, FM support in many devices, touch to focus in camera, and an improved DSP Manager. There are lots of other changes as well, which I have not mentioned here.
With the release of CM7.1, the CM team now supports a whopping 68 devices! The stable CM7.1 release adds support for a bunch of new devices. Below is the list of all the new devices supported by CM7.1-:
HTC Desire S
HTC Incredible S
HTC Incredible 2
LG Optimus 2X and T-Mobile G2x
Motorola Backflip (Motus)
Motorola Cliq / Cliq XT
Motorola Droid 2
Motorola Droid X
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy S2 (multiple carriers)
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro
Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
As you can see, the CM7.1 stable build is now also available for Sony Ericsson’s Xperia range of handsets. Thanks to Sony Ericsson’s support, the TeamXperia developers were able to solve the camera issues, and the team managed to release a stable build for these handsets.
Right now CM7.1 for many devices is in beta stage, including the HTC Sensation, LG Optimus 3D and the HP TouchPad. The team will release a stable CM7.1 build for these devices, as and when all the major issues are solved. The full change log for CM7.1 can be found here, and the download link can be found here.
Back in May, Google announced its Google Wallet service, which as the name suggests makes your Android phone your wallet.
Today, Google has released its Wallet’ app for Sprint’s Nexus S 4G. With the Wallet app, Nexus S 4G owners can use their phone instead of their CitiBank Credit Card to pay their bills. The Wallet app works via the NFC chip found on the Nexus S. Yeah, Google finally found a good use of the NFC chip, which it introduced with the Nexus S nearly 10 months ago.
Below is a video of Google Wallet in action-:
Right now, the Google Wallet service is available for only for CitiBank and MasterCard customers, with Visa, Discover and American Express already supporting the service. As a gesture of thanks to early adopters, Google is also adding $10 free bonus to Google Prepaid card, if Wallet users set it up before this year’s end.
Interested Nexus S 4G owners can find more information about the Google’s Wallet service and app from here.
Nexus S 4G owners will get the Google Wallet app via an OTA update, which will also bump the Android version to 2.3.7.