Fans of CyanogenMod 10.1 who also happen to own a new Samsung Galaxy S 4 or HTC One will be glad to know the CyanogenMod team has been hard at work making some new variants available and they have cleaned up some of the download pages to make it a bit easier to find the files. The newest variants include AT&T versions for both the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One. Nightlies for the Galaxy S 4 had previously been made available for T-Mobile and Canadian versions of the device. Apparently AT&T support only required a patch to a previous build.
CyanogenMod has announced they have release candidates ready for a few select devices. OK so the word few isn’t really accurate, 40 is the actual number and the list is impressive. For those of you who don’t know what CyanogenMod or CM 10.1 is, it is a custom ROM for select Android devices, CM 10.1 is the latest from the CyanogenMod crew and it is based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean source code.
The devices listed for rc1 consideration is a who’s-who of current and former top end devices. The current lineup of Nexus phones and tablets are there, as well as the Nexus Q for those who happen to own one. The international HTC One X is there as well, and a few U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III.
The list is too big for me to run through all of them, so click on the source and see if your device is listed. If not, be patient it may make the list sooner or later.
By far my favorite feature of CyanogenMod is their customized native MMS application. It offers so much more functionality than the stock Android MMS app. While it looks almost exactly alike, CM and his group have added useful features such as the much popular emoji emoticons that were made popular by iPhone users. Other notable add-on’s is the quick reply function, pop-up feature, gestures for SMS templates, stripping unicode support, and much more.
Are you still rocking a Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile? Well, first things first–you should probably consider upgrading. However, if you’re not into buying a new phone, you’ll be somewhat pleased to know that your now two and a half year old device has been given a breath of new life in the form of CyanogenMod 10.1. Based on Android 4.2 AOSP, the latest Nightly builds are now available for flashing, offering up Google’s newest software on your forgotten Samsung handset.
Sure, there may be a few bugs, but let’s get serious for a minute. Android 4.2 on a device released in 2010? This is exactly what separates Android apart from the rest. Now, only if we could somehow manage to get manufacturers on board.
Cyanogenmod is the most popular after-market software for Android devices. It usually doesn’t take long after the latest iteration of Android hits AOSP that CyanogenMod starts to roll out nightlies of their custom software to a few devices, and CM 10.1 is no exception. A handful of devices have officially received the first run of nightlies and will continue to receive CM 10.1 support. Of course, many other devices will join them in due time. The list of supported devices and the download link to the first wave of nightlies is below.