The first release candidate (RC1) of CyanogenMod-7.1 is already out and available for testing. This release updates existing CyanogenMod installations to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, packs new features, and lengthens the list of supported Android handsets.
Among the new devices supported by the CyanogenMod-7.1-RC1 are several devices from Samsung (Galaxy S, Captivate, and Vibrant), LG Optimus 2X (also known as the T-Mobile G2x), the HTC Incredible S (ViVo), and the Motorola CLIQ and CLIQ XT.
As a release candidate, the software update provides for a functional preview of features that will potentially make it to the final release of CyanogenMod-7.1. It is a much stable release version than nightly builds.
Among the changes included in CyanogenMod-7.1-RC1 are the following (shamelessly lifted from the Changelog page on CyanogenMod Wiki):
Creating a backup of existing and fully functional installations is recommended before installing the release candidate version. The Cyanogen team also invites testers to send feedback and report bugs so that issues and showstopper bugs can be squashed before release of the final version.
Using the ROM Manager to install RC1 is also recommended, although the installation files can also be downloaded from Cyanogen’s mirror network.
Close to half a million Android users have rooted their Android devices and are using the custom Android distribution called CyanogenMod. Among the most important reasons for rooting an Android device are to boost the device’s performance and improve its stability, to enable frequent updates, to allow tethering (or Internet connection sharing), and to add or remove bloatware (depending on one’s understanding of what is or what’s not bloatware).
Are you using CyanogenMod and have you updated it to the latest RC1? If so, tell us what the experience was like.