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):
- Common: Android 2.3.4 (Google)
- Common: Bluetooth mouse support – Scott Brady
- Common: Improve notification swipe-to-clear – Evan Charlton
- Common: Improve album-artist support in media scanner – Paul Crovella
- Common: Profile improvements and bugfixes – Martin Long
- Common: RTL text improvements – Eyad Aboulouz, Eran Mizrahi
- Common: Wake on volume key option – Sven Dawitz
- Common: Support for revoking application permissions – Plamen K. Kosseff
- Common: Latest Superuser app – ChainsDD
- Common: Control brightness by sliding on statusbar – Danesh M
- Common: Add “copy all” to context menu – Danesh M
- Common: Lockscreen haptic and statusbar indicators toggle – Danesh M
- Common: Nicer timepicker/datepicker – Jiri Tyr
- Common: Configuration 0/90/180/270 rotation – Jonas Larsson, Scott Brady
- Common: DSP Manager bugfixes and improvements – Antti S Lankila
- Common: Support for launching apps via gestures in the background – Jiri Tyr
- Common: Option to hide hold button during call – Roberto Leinardi
- Common: Allow using wildcards for call blacklisting – Nihanth Subramanya
- Common: Option to allow in-call lockscreen to match main lockscren – Sven Dawitz
- Common: Option to notify about incoming call only in background when screen is on – Pavel Kucera
- Common: ADWLauncher- Transitions, catalog improvements, bugfixes – John Van Etten
- Common: Optional GMT correction for SMS/MMS timestamps – Terry Hau
- Common: Add FM Seek for TI devices – KalimochoAz
- Common: Add FM support for SI4708 devices (Blade, V9, Racer) – Stéphane Konstantaropoulos
- Common: Add FM seek implementation to FM application – Tom Giordano
- Click, Motorola: Speed up photo recording – Emilio López
- Click, Motorola: Add Geolocation to photo app – KalimochoAz
- Vision/Glacier/Ace/Speedy: 2.6.35 kernel and updated userspace
- Buzz: 2.6.35 kernel – Arne Coucheron
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.