Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 may soon see CyanogenMod 9 running on their Android tablets. Details about an estimated time of arrival have not been revealed, although the CyanogenMod team appears to have hinted at progress with porting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) to the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The news/teaser, which has been music to many ears, came out of a Google+ post from no less than Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik himself, and his exact words were “ICS on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is pretty great. Coming soon to a CM mirror near you :)”
Kondik’s team has been creating custom Android ROMs, and CyanogenMod 9 is based on the recently released source code of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The same team had brought forth CyanogenMod 6 based off the source code of Android 2.2 Froyo and CyanogenMod 7 based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. CyanogenMod 8 was supposed to be based on Android 3.x Honeycomb, but it seemed to have stayed away from the limelight.
If CyanogenMod 9 comes out sooner, it will be the first ICS ROM to run on a tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone that runs Ice Cream Sandwich, is already out. And, good reviews about it have been published. Will ICS work well in a tablet? That remains to be answered soon.
With the 1.0-GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has, Ice Cream Sandwich should be very manageable inside this device. But, then again we just have to wait out and see how it plays.
Does your smartphone or tablet run CyanogenMod? Is it better than the manufacturer-customized version of Android that came preinstalled on your device?