The CyanogenMOD team has released a statement regarding their latest Gingerbread builds being released to the masses. The build number is 7.2 and should be ready to download through their website if your phone is supported. This new build should include numerous ICS features being back-ported to your GB device, as well as numerous fixes and enhancements. Also, this could very well be the last CM7 build for certain devices as the team will start moving some devices to CM9 (ICS) in the near future, which is certainly not a bad thing.
We’ve all enjoyed the quality and feature filled ROM that is CyanogenMOD, thus I expect nothing but wonderful things with this new update. Hit up their site to see if your device is supported with this new build! Also, keep note that they are still updating the device compatibility list. So if you don’t see your device in the supported list as of now, that could very well change in the next couple of days as the team is rolling out the update.
Let’s face it, we love our CM9 ROMs and want to keep abreast of the latest news regarding any developments or updates, right? That’s why the developers of the great ROM wanted to give the masses a status and progress update on where the ROM stands and its future. Among the items highlighted is how much Android 4.0 has changed from previous platforms and the various changes requires updated graphics drivers. The relevance of the need for updated graphics drivers is that the drivers are almost always closed-source… meaning they don’t appear until a device or devkit is released with them. They’ve been able to make some workarounds, but are blocked on some subsystems like the camera.
Moreover, the developers decided to start off with a fresh codebase from Google and are forward-porting features from CM7, keying in on design and better integration by cleaning house on some unnecessary features. For starters, they’ve thrown out the CMParts app, instead electing to add the developer’s custom features directly into the main settings. In addition, the developers realized CM7 had many options that weren’t used, so they’re now taking a “just works” approach— meaning it should achieve a good balance between tweakability and a great out-of-the-box experience.
Of course many of you all are thinking “that’s great, but is my device supported??” Here’s the developers response to that:
“Currently, you can compile CM9 for a small number of devices- notably the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Wi-Fi and T-Mobile versions), the HP Touchpad and Motorola Xoom. The next devices to show up will likely be a whole array of Samsung phones (Exynos chipset), with devices based on the Qualcomm MSM8660 and 7×30 chipsets to follow. It’s still unclear if we can provide support for the QSD8x50 family of devices (Nexus One, HTC Evo, etc), but the answer almost always turns out to be “yes” for these kinds of things.”
There you have it folks, the status and progress of the CM9 ROM.
source: CM Blog
Who can deny again how so fricking popular the Galaxy S line is? Especially the Galaxy S II which took the mobile market by storm both overseas and in the US. Well, Android finatics are constantly trying to make the device even better by slapping incredible ROM’s on the device put out by the ever talented dev community. And one of the more popular ROM’s, after CM9 of course, is the MIUI (pronounced “My UI”) ROM. The MIUI 4 ROM has been touted as being extremely stable and reliable enough to become your daily driver. Developer adyscorpius over at XDA has put the “very stable” ROM out for the masses to grab and notes a couple of things not quite working yet.
- MIUI Themes don’t work. Create /data/system/theme to get it to work!
- Initially the permissions manager will ask for permission to Manage ROOT. Permit that.
So there you have it. If you’re one of the proud owners of the international version of the Galaxy S II and want to spice things up a bit, give it a go at the source link below.
Honestly, when I heard about the Droid X2 I was pretty excited because the original was a great phone, that is until the Gingerbread update that was installed but that’s neither here nor there. Well it seemed that the X2 came and went with little luster from what I remember, even though Verizon is still selling them. I believe that this was in part due to the fact that it was really difficult to customize in the beginning and partly due to the fact that Motorola over did it on new handsets in 2011. So the X2 really didn’t see any exciting news in terms of rooting and developing, even after the one-click method was released. However that is no longer the case as XDA forum member dragonzkiller has been able to successfully get CM7.2 working on the handset. It comes with the following features:
The HP TouchPad had a short life as a webOS device but has lived on as an Android tablet, thanks in part to CM7 and the CyanogenMod team. Well life is still being breathed into the tablet as the folks over at RootzWiki have a preview of what Ice Cream Sandwich and CM9 looks like on the device. While it’s still a work in progress it shows a lot of promise. Right now according to the video the camera and video playback doesn’t work. However the video does show off the fact that Angry Birds works well on it. Hit the break below to check out the video yourself and let us know what you think. I don’t know about you guys but I am pretty excited about how quick this is coming along.
Chomping at the bit for some Ice Cream Sandwich action brought to you by CM9? Then you’re in luck, sort of. The developers of CyanogenMod released an update to their blog showing progress for CM9. As they say things are “slowly starting to come together.” I think however, that given they got the source code a little over two weeks ago, they are moving along pretty well. They have a number of devices running CM9 and they are focusing on getting it on more devices. OMAP4, MSM8660/7×30 and Exynos devices will most likely be the first ones ready for this ROM. Tablets are being shown some love too as both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Asus Transformer are in the “pipeline” early.
Older devices will be seeing CM 9 as well. As the blog put it:
“Our goal is to provide continued support to all CM7 devices back to the QSD8250 series of devices such as the Nexus One. I don’t want to make any promises at this time, but that is the plan.”
Bad news for those of you with the original Droid. CM9 will not be seen on your device. As the CyanogenMod puts it, “time to upgrade.” Given that the Android framework has had some major changes the CyanogenMod team has had trouble with compatibility with older proprietary camera and graphics drivers, but, they are pretty confident that they will be able to overcome these issues like they have in the past. The CM team has also created a solution to CM7‘s long spin-up time by adding new devices on-demand which saves bandwidth and avoids long start-up time.
If you are at all familiar with the rooting of Android devices and custom ROM’s, then I am sure you have heard of CyanogenMod and its CM line of custom ROM’s. CM7 has got to be one of the most popular Android custom ROM’s and can be found for both phones and tablets. The latest addition to devices seen running CM7 is the Amazon Kindle Fire. Although still in its early stages, XDA member, JackpotClavin, has posted a few images of his Fire running the CM7 ROM but it definitely needs more work before I can recommend that you try it out.
At the moment, a few things aren’t working properly like the touchscreen (rather important, no?) and the fact that you loose Amazon integration, preventing access to the Appstore and the like. On the up side though, Wi-Fi is working and if you don’t like the Amazon UI than this enhanced version of Android Gingerbread might just be up your alley. For more details about CM7 on the Kindle Fire, hit the source link below. Looks a bit rough to me so I recommend sitting on the sidelines until they get all the issues figured out, but I reckon that shouldn’t be too long from now anyway.
Thanks to XDA developer Sonnysekhon, you don’t need to get your hands on a Galaxy Nexus to enjoy your first little taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. A new theme built right from the SDK is now available for download if you’ve got a custom ROM running the Theme Chooser app. Although still in its infant stage, the theme is promised to be “updated often to get it to look like the real deal as soon as possible.”
Hit the break to grab the download link and preview a few more of its screen shots. After download, just apply your new theme and reboot. Oh yeah, and tell us what you think!
CM7 just seems to be going viral these days and really, we can’t blame anyone for using it. To be a little more thorough and technical, it’s freaking awesome! That is, once all of the bugs are ironed out. Last month the Droid Bionic got its turn to boot up CyanogenMod7 and frankly, it looked extremely promising. Well, we’re one step closer to getting it fully working on the Bionic, thanks to developer, hashcode, and it looks fantastic. Check out the video below courtesy of our Android friends over at Droid Life. In addition, and though we’ve seen it before, the developer managed to get the ROM up and running on the Droid 3 since it happens to have a nearly identical chipset as the Bionic. Not too shabby hitting two phones with one stone like that.
And now for the caveat; If you’re not an experienced developer and you can’t stand initial bugs then we highly suggest you pass on this download until a more stable ROM comes along, which shouldn’t be long at this rate. However, if you choose to jump on it, be sure to understand that you’re doing this at your own risk. Good luck and report back. Happy ROM’ing. Hit the break to check out the videos.
After much blood, sweat and tears, it has been my utmost pleasure watching Android defile and violate the HP Touchpad in ways and places it never knew existed. Without further ado, check out the Alpha release of CM7 and feel free to shout hallelujah in the streets if you want. Take note that there will still be numerous bugs so be patient and provide as much feedback as you can so as to improve the experience. A few things won’t work as expected but it will only be a matter of time until our ever hard at work developers community tames the wild beast. For now, feel free to drool over the video demo available after the break. And if you were one of the lucky sun of a guns to pick up the device during the fire sale….I hate you. Enjoy :)