It was only less than a month ago that the CyanogenMod team released the stable version of CM9, based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich for a bunch of supported devices.
Today, the CyanogenMod build bot has silently started rolling out CM9.1 for the list of supported devices. So what exactly does the .1 jump in version number denote? Besides some bug-fixes and stability improvements, CM9.1 contains one major new feature — the introduction of a new NFC based payment platform called SimplyTapp.
SimplyTapp has been founded by two CyanogenMod developers, Doud and Ted, and aims at providing an open and secure method for NFC based payments. The company has entered a partnership with the CM team to help the platform, its service and give NFC payments based services a much needed boost as well.
The CM team has incorporated SimplyTapp in its CM9 code-base and not in the CM10, which is based on Jelly Bean, because of the “rapidly changing Jelly Bean code breaking app functionality.” The feature, however, will be incorporated into CM 10 as well.
If you have already installed the stable version of CM9.1 on your NFC enabled handset, don’t forget to install the Simply Tapp app from here to enjoy NFC based payments on your handset.
With CyanogenMod 9, the CM team decided to go back to the drawing board, do some major code clean-up so that future Android releases won’t cause them too much of a headache. Due to this, CM9 was under development for quite a long time. ICS was pushed to AOSP sometime around mid-December, and the CM team started rolling out nightlies sometime around early-March for a bunch of devices.
The first RC was released sometime in June with the RC2 following it after a month. Now, nearly a month after the RC2 was released, and more than 6 months after nightly builds started rolling out, the CM team has silently released the final version of CM9. As of now, the final version is only available for the GSM variant of the Galaxy Nexus.
There has been no official announcement from the CM team about the release of final version of CM9, which should hopefully happen once the stable builds for other devices are available. Galaxy Nexus (GSM) owners can download the stable build of CM9 for their handset from here.
Now that the final build of CM9 has been released, official CM10 nightlies based on Jelly Bean are imminent.
CyanogenMod is popular in the Android world because the custom ROM brings stock Android like experience to devices that may otherwise have got the update. The Galaxy S, whose Ice Cream Sandwich update Samsung ditched due to space constraints, is happily running Jelly Bean without any issues.
While the CM team usually brings good news for owners of older devices, today they have brought some bad news. The CM team announced via Google+ update that going forward they will be dropping support for certain devices for CM9 and beyond. These devices include all handsets based on the Snapdragon S1 chipset including the Nexus One, EVO 4G and the Droid Incredible.
Below is the list of all the devices (codenames) that won’t be officially supported by the CyanogenMod team and won’t have a CM9 release -:
The reason why the CM team is not going to work on CM9 and beyond for these handsets is because of space constraints, older binary files, dirty hacks and much more. The whole update from the CM team can be read here.
While everyone with an Android phone is waiting for Jelly Bean to arrive on their phone, either via a custom ROM or right from their OEM, the CM team has silently rolled out CM9 RC2, which is based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, for all its supported devices.
The CM team had released the first release candidate of CM9 late last month, which supported more than 50 devices. With CM9 RC2, the team has managed to add suport for a bunch of more devices including all the variants of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, AT&T Galaxy S2/Skyrocket, T-Mobile Galaxy S2 (Hercules), AT&T Galaxy Note and the international Galaxy S III (I9300).
The RC2 build of CM9 does not contain any new features or major changes. It does, however, contain some bug-fixes and updated translations. CM9 RC2 paves the path to the final version of CM9 which is “just around the corner”. The CM9 RC2 builds for various devices can be downloaded from get.cm.
Back at Google I/O 2012, Google unveiled the “world’s first social media streaming” device – the Nexus Q. In a nutshell, the Nexus Q packs in a 25-watt amp speaker, 25 LED lights, a unique oval shaped design, 16GB of internal memory, 1GB RAM and an OMAP 4460 SoC. Google also included a microUSB port on the Nexus Q to “encourage general hackability”, and within a couple of weeks, mods and hacks are flowing in for the Nexus Q.
Up until now, the Nexus Q has been rooted, connected to a TV and slapped with the stock Android launcher. As if this was not enough, a member of the CyanogenMod team has managed to get CM9 up and running on the Nexus Q. The build is still pretty much a work in progress with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth working, but other major features like Sound are still a no-go.
Below is the video that shows CM9 in action on the Nexus Q -:
What started as a media streaming device is now running a full-blown Android installation,and I’m pretty sure the Q will soon be seen connected to a 42″ LCD TV and paired with a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse and used as a HTPC.
The CyanogenMod team has finally released the first Release Candidate (RC1) of CM9 for a bunch of devices. The CM team had been rolling out CM9 nightlies for quite a few months now, but it was only recently that the team did a code freeze so as to prepare for a stable CM9 release.
It has been exactly 225 days (and counting) that Android 4.0 hit AOSP and the CM team began work on the next major version of the most popular custom ROM in the world. Unlike CM7 though, the CM team had to drop support for a lot of devices because they lacked the horsepower to run Ice Cream Sandwich smoothly. While CM7.2 supported more than 80+ devices, CM9 RC1 supports around 50 Android devices. There are quite a few more devices for which CM9 nightlies are available, but the code did not pass the CM team’s quality check and thus no RC build were released for them.
If there is a release candidate version of CM9 available for your Android device, go ahead and flash it now. If you encounter any bugs, you can report them over at the official issue tracker. The RC1 builds for different devices can be downloaded from get.cm.
CM9 brings with it quite a lot of new features and tweaks over stock Android 4.0.4, including performance improvements, new lockscreen music control, navigation bar customization for Galaxy Nexus owners, better battery life, toggle widgets in the notification bar and much more.
If you own an Android smartphone, chances are you must have heard about CyanogenMod from one of your geeky friend’s or read about it somewhere on the Internet. CyanogenMod is by far the most popular third party custom ROM for Android, which was originally founded by Steve Kondik, fondly known as Cyanogen. The CM team now supports more than 90 new devices, and some of these handsets are supported even after its original manufacturer ditched it a few months after its release.
Back in January, the CM team reached a very big milestone. The ROM had managed to surpass a user base of more than 1 million users. No other ROM in the Android community has ever managed to breach this mark, or even come close to it. Now, fast forward to May-end, and the CM team has doubled its user base to 2 million. While the nightly builds from the CM team still remains the most popular among its users with a whopping 371,408 installations, the CM9-RC0 build based on Ice Cream Sandwich also has a pretty large user base of 124,737.
The most popular handset among the CM users is the HTC EVO 4G with 109,515 and counting people using it on their phone. Samsung’s Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S are also catching up fast with a user base of 96,000 and 73,772 respectively. Head over to this page, for a complete break down of the stats. With the user base of the CyanogenMod increasing at such a pace, the team might just be able to breach the 5 million user base mark before 2012 ends.
Kudos to the CM team for all their hard work, and bringing Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich to devices which otherwise may have never got it.
Earlier this week, Samsung started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the European variant of the Galaxy Note. However, the official firmware has some serious bugs, performance issues and does not offer any of the visual goodness introduced by Google in Ice Cream Sandwich.
The good news is that starting from today, the Galaxy Note (N7000) is all set to receive official CM9 nightly builds. Even though this is the first official nightly build, it is completely functional without any major bugs. The only bug is that the Speakerphone does not work while on a call. According to the developers this bug will only be fixed once the Ice Cream Sandwich sources are released by Samsung, which should hopefully happen within a couple of weeks from now.
The first nightly build for the handset is already out, and can be downloaded from here. Make sure you are rooted, and are not running the leaked chinese Ice Cream Sandwich firmware on your Galaxy Note before proceeding with the installation.
The HTC One X is the Taiwanese handset maker’s “hero” device for at least the first half of 2012. The One X checks in all the requirements for a super phone including a massive 4.7-inch SLCD2 display with 720p display, 1GB RAM, a blazing fast 8MP camera and a quad-core (technically 5) processor from Nvidia.
The handset has been getting ravishing reviews from critics all over the world, but nearly every reviewer has complained about HTC’s Sense 4.0 skin. Sense 4.0, like the previous versions of Sense, still looks extremely beautiful and HTC has even made it feel less bloated this time. However, Sense 4.0 is still no match for all the visual good ness introduced by Google in Ice Cream Sandwich.
Thankfully, one developer – TripNDroid – took matters in his own hand and started working on porting CM9 to the HTC one X. After working hard for a few days, the developer has managed to get a pretty stable build of CM9 working on the handset. All the major hardware of the phone works just fine under CM9, except for the Camera and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality. The Mobile data feature is also a bit buggy, and takes time to connect after a reboot every time. However, once it gets connected it works perfectly fine.
Considering that HTC still has not released the kernel sources for the One X, the developer has done a darn good job! Except things to improve even more once HTC releases the kernel sources for the handset.
The world’s largest third part ROM, CyanogenMod, has posted an update about one of the most important change they are going to make in CM9, which is based on Ice Cream Sandwich. Starting with CyanogenMod 9, root access will not be enabled by default for apps and via ADB. However, there will be an option to enable root access for advanced users.
According to the blog post from the CM team, this move will make Android handsets and specially a user’s data much more safer. This will allow users to use apps like Google Wallet and Google Movies, which will otherwise not work if a user has root access on his handset. The CM team also states that shipping root enabled custom ROMs to more than 1,00,000+ Android devices was a gaping security hole. Basically, the main motive of the CM team behind this move is to make your Android handset much more secure than before. The team also thinks that the use of root access is pretty much limited on CyanogenMod ROMs.
This move from CM team also gives them the opportunity to partner with HTC, Samsung or any other Android handset maker, and ship phones with CM ROM pre-installed!