CyanogenMod 7.1 Release Candidate 1 Now Ready for Testing

June 27, 2011
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    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):

    1. Common: Android 2.3.4 (Google)
    2. Common: Bluetooth mouse support – Scott Brady
    3. Common: Improve notification swipe-to-clear – Evan Charlton
    4. Common: Improve album-artist support in media scanner – Paul Crovella
    5. Common: Profile improvements and bugfixes – Martin Long
    6. Common: RTL text improvements – Eyad Aboulouz, Eran Mizrahi
    7. Common: Wake on volume key option – Sven Dawitz
    8. Common: Support for revoking application permissions – Plamen K. Kosseff
    9. Common: Latest Superuser app – ChainsDD
    10. Common: Control brightness by sliding on statusbar – Danesh M
    11. Common: Add “copy all” to context menu – Danesh M
    12. Common: Lockscreen haptic and statusbar indicators toggle – Danesh M
    13. Common: Nicer timepicker/datepicker – Jiri Tyr
    14. Common: Configuration 0/90/180/270 rotation – Jonas Larsson, Scott Brady
    15. Common: DSP Manager bugfixes and improvements – Antti S Lankila
    16. Common: Support for launching apps via gestures in the background – Jiri Tyr
    17. Common: Option to hide hold button during call – Roberto Leinardi
    18. Common: Allow using wildcards for call blacklisting – Nihanth Subramanya
    19. Common: Option to allow in-call lockscreen to match main lockscren – Sven Dawitz
    20. Common: Option to notify about incoming call only in background when screen is on – Pavel Kucera
    21. Common: ADWLauncher- Transitions, catalog improvements, bugfixes – John Van Etten
    22. Common: Optional GMT correction for SMS/MMS timestamps – Terry Hau
    23. Common: Add FM Seek for TI devices – KalimochoAz
    24. Common: Add FM support for SI4708 devices (Blade, V9, Racer) – Stéphane Konstantaropoulos
    25. Common: Add FM seek implementation to FM application – Tom Giordano
    26. Click, Motorola: Speed up photo recording – Emilio López
    27. Click, Motorola: Add Geolocation to photo app – KalimochoAz
    28. Vision/Glacier/Ace/Speedy: 2.6.35 kernel and updated userspace
    29. 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.

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