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.
Earlier today, the CyanogenMod team silently released the Release Candiate 2 of CM7.2 based on Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread. The RC1 of CM7.2 was released well back in March, but ever since Ice Cream Sandwich code went AOSP, the CM team is busy working on CM9 instead of CM7 and thus the development of CM7.2 has slowed down.
Compared to the last RC release, the CM team has added a bunch of new devices that are now supported by CM7.2 including the Galaxy Ace, Mini, Epic 4G, LG Optimus Black, Optimus 3D, Motorola Atrix 4G, Sony Xperia Live, Pro, Active and the Huawei U8150. Other changes include a predictive phone dialer, tons of bug fixes, some device specific changes and more. Below is the full change-log of CM7.2 RC2 -:
- New devices: Samsung Galaxy Ace, Mini and Epic 4G. LGE Optimus Black, 3D, Hub, Pro, Sol and One. Motorola Atrix 4G. Sony Ericsson Xperia Live, Pro and Active. Huawei U8150.
- Common: Updated translations – (everyone)
- Common: T9 predictive Phone dialer – Danesh M, Pawit Pornkitprasan
- Common: Media player and recorder fixes for a number of corner cases – CAF, Danny Baumann
- Common: Profile resets – Ladios Jonquil
- Common: Assorted Wifi fixes
- Common: Control haptic in quiet hours – Danesh M
- Common: Lockscreen updates and new styles – Andrew Sutherland, Danny Baumann, Danesh M, Sven Dawitz, Taichi Nishimura
- Common: Bluetooth MAP support – Jonathan Bensen
- Common: ICS telephony fix backports – Spencer Oliver
- Common: Support for Bluetooth GPS dongles – Cuong Bui
- Common: Better support for mouse and usb keyboards – Emilio Lopez, Tanguy Pruvot
- Common: Fix timezone detection in Hawaii – Warren Togami
- Common: ICS Transition effects backport – Russ Underhill
- Common: ICS Rotation effects backport – Tanguy Pruvot
- Common: Allow photo storage selection when possible – Greg Kochaniak
- Common: Improved Calendar reminder options – Danny Baumann
- Common: Fix color banding in Gallery while displaying 32bpp images – Sang Tae Park
- Common: ADB over network
- Common: Improved AVRCP 1.3 compatibility
- Common: Improved external keyboard and mouse behaviour on some corner cases – Tanguy Pruvot
- Common: Status bar battery icon configuration – Simon Davie
- Samsung Galaxy S GSM devices: Fix emergency dialing
- OMAP Common: Support for recent OMAP3/OMAP4 devices – omapzoom
- p990: Add FM Radio support
- p990/p999: fix background calls, fix HDMI output in 1080p
- Zeppelin, Morrison, Motus: Fixed camera zooming issues
- Samsung Galaxy S devices: Add tv-out
- Several devices: Fix device identification on Android Market
- Crespo, Jordan, Blade, v9, Samsung Galaxy S devices: Device specific settings section
With the CM team working hard on CM9, the development for CM7 will continue to slow down as time goes by. The CM team is also pondering on releasing CM7 nightlies for supported devices every week or bi-weekly so that its CM7 user-base doesn’t feel left out.
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.