Samsung earned brownie points last month when it unabashedly showed support for the Android developer community by sending free Samsung Galaxy S II handsets to the CyanogenMod team with one clear instruction: “Make your CyanogenMod work on the Galaxy S II.” And, now, that investment from Samsung appears to have paid off: CyanogenMod nightly builds will soon be available to the Samsung Galaxy S II.
According to Atin M, one of the developers of CyanogenMod, the nightly builds will be available once the builtbot, which is currently not working, is ready to start compiling the nightlies.
CyanogenMod is one of the customized, hacked, and modified versions of the Android operating system. As of last checking, it has been installed on 520,000 devices worldwide. The most recent stable release is CyanogenMod-7.0.3, with version 7.1.0 already being tested as Release Candidate 1.
The custom firmware, if the user chooses to use it, replaces the device’s stock Android operating system with one that offers many features and enhancements not present in the stock Android version or in Android-based customized versions from device manufacturers or mobile carriers. The firmware is also said to make Android devices perform better, more stably, and more reliably.
Several Samsung devices are supported by CyanogenMod, including the Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Fascinate, Samsung Captivate, Samsung Nexus S 4G, Samsung Vibrant, and very soon, the Samsung Galaxy S II.
Samsung Galaxy S II users, however, are advised to exercise prudence and caution when dealing with nightly builds, since, such builds are essentially development builds that may contain several bugs.
Will CyanogenMod make you want the Samsung Galaxy S II over another Android smartphone?