The final, stable release of CyanogenMod 7.2 has been much anticipated ever since the first Release Candidate (RC) build back in March. Now after a further two RCs and a load of bug fixes, the CyanogenMod team has declared that CyanogenMod 7.2 is ready.
In case you don't know, CyanogenMod is a replacement Android firmware based on Gingerbread 2.3.7 but with new features and options not found in official firmwares. The first big change in CyanogenMod 7.2 is the number of devices supported. Companies like Samsung and LG keep releasing new phones and the CyanogenMod team works hard to include as many devices as it can.
This new release includes support for the three Samsung Galaxy models (Ace, Mini, and Epic), six LG phones including the LG Optimus Black, 3D, Hub, Pro, Sol, and One, and three Sony Ericsson devices like the Xperia Live, Pro, and Active. There is also support for the Motorola Atrix and the Huawei U8150. In total, over 20 new devices are supported compared to 7.1. For more information on which devices are supported check out the CyanogenMod Devices page.
On top of new device support, 7.2 also backports some features from CyanogenMod 9 / Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich including the transition effects and the ICS rotation effects. Also added is a T9 predictive phone dialer, plus a number of bug fixes for the built-in media player and for Wi-Fi. Those who live in Hawaii will also be glad to hear that the timezone detection for your area has been fixed!
CyanogenMod 7.2 will be the last Gingerbread 2.3 based firmware for many devices. Most effort is now concentrated on the Android Ice Cream Sandwich port which is known as CyanogenMod 9. If a device is eligible for CyanogenMod 9 then there won't be any more Gingerbread development for that device, however CyanogenMod 7 development will continue, especially for those phones which can't handle ICS. However CyanogenMod 7 development will slow down and there probably won't be any more nightly builds, but rather the team will switch to weekly builds. Because the team understands that not all hardware is capable of supporting ICS, they have not set (or plan to set) any date for the termination of work on CyanogenMod 7.