CyanogenMod 9.1 Released — Includes SimplyTapp NFC Payment Service

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.

More information about the service, and the partnership can also be found over at CyanogenMod’s official blog.