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.
Jelly Bean was announced last month at Google I/O 2012. However, it will probably be several months before most non-Google experience devices get a taste of Jelly Bean, if they at all receive the update. No wonder then that most Android users have been eagerly waiting to hear from the CyanogenMod team about their plans regarding the latest Android update.
Google is yet to release the source code for Jelly Bean, but team Cyanogen has already outlined their plans based on their general understanding of the changes. The next version of Cyanogen is going to be called CyanogenMod 10, and will be based on Jelly Bean. This is in keeping with Cyanogen’s tradition of giving a version number bump for every named release of Android. CyanogenMod Jelly Bean update is going to be called Cyanogen 10, since ‘J’ is the 10th letter of the English alphabet.
As of now, the focus of team Cyanogen remains the ICS powered CyanogenMod 9. Development of CyanogenMod 9 has been a fairly lengthy process due to the decision to rewrite Cyanogen components from scratch. However, considering that Android 4.1 isn’t as drastic a change from its predecessor as Android 4.0 was, CyanogenMod 10 should arrive significantly faster. Team Cyanogen expects most of CyanogenMod 9 code to “merge cleanly into JB, with minimal fuss”. Cyanogen team is also going to continue developing CyanogenMod 7 for devices that aren’t compatible with ICS.
The other good news is that if your device was officially supported in CyanogenMod 9, it will almost certainly receive CyanogenMod 10 with all of its buttery smoothness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interested One X (Tegra 3 version) owners should head over to this link for more information. A very early snapshot build of CM9 for the HTC One S was also released a few days ago.
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.
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!