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Just 3 weeks ago the CyanogenMod team launched the CM9 RC1 version, a day before Google I/O where Google announced the new version of Android, Jelly Bean. “RC” means Release Candidate, which is a way of saying that as far as they know the bugs have been fixed (so it’s not in beta anymore), but it’s not the “final” version yet, because there may be some other issues with the ROM that they may have missed. The RC stage is the phase where they make sure the software is stable. This could mean there will be one more RC version…

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Over the weekend, we’ve reported about leading CyanogenMod developer Ricardo Cerqueira, who has been teasing CM10 on a LG Optimus 4X HD on video. According to Cerqueira, the purpose of the sneak preview was to show that the development effort is covering many different devices and not only those in the Nexus family, and that “hardware integration is progressing nicely”. As if to add credence to Cerqueira’s words, yesterday several developers took to Google Plus to share other tantalizing glimpses of what the future holds for CyanogenMod 10, the custom ROM based on the stock version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean….

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is barely a few weeks old and we are already seeing a lot of encouraging signs from the developer community, although manufacturers have been far less forthcoming in announcing their plans for JB. Of course, when you say developer community, the first name that comes to mind is CyanogenMod. The CM team is already hard at work preparing the new CM10 (CyanogenMod’s version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean). The good news is that the difference between ICS and JB is not that big, meaning that we won’t have to wait six months to see the new…

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It’s a good thing CM9 reached the Release Candidate (almost final) stage in time before Jelly Bean got released, because it looks like the CyanogenMod team won’t be able to merge Jelly Bean that easily. The whole merger will consist of cherrypicking CM9 code when merging it with Jelly Bean to create CM10. Then they’ll work on fixing any possible conflicts and bugs. The Jelly Bean code changes are not that big, which means it shouldn’t take another 6 months before we see a stable CM10 release; but they are still big enough that they need to be integrated manually. The CM…

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A few weeks ago we saw some interesting stock Android code optimization, done by the Linaro team, an organization that works on optimization software for the ARM architecture (Linux, ARM, etc). Their optimization improved Android’s browser performance in Sunspider by 30%, which is a healthy improvement, and they also improved CPU performance for 3D tasks by up to 100% in certain scenarios. Its assumed at the time of this writing that everyone thought that CyanogenMod will soon adopt this optimized code. But apparently, Steve Kondik, the founder of CyanogenMod (now working at Samsung) decided against it. Here’s his reasoning: “Patch…

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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…

Cid!

CyanogenMod has grown to become one of the most recognized custom firmware developers for Android devices, with more than 2 million devices reportedly running some version of the open source ROM. The CyanogenMod team is now introducing a new mascot to replace the old skateboard Andy. Cid is officially the new “face” of CyanogenMod and you can bet that you’ll be seeing him soon when you turn on your CyanogenMod-flavored Android devices. You can check out what the boot animation’s going to be like with Cid as the mascot on the video below. For those who wonder about the theory…

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According to CM’s stat tracker, CyanogenMod – the most popular third party Android ROM around – has just reached its two millionth unique install. Granted, half of them are still unofficial installs (also called KANGs), but this achievement still means that CyanogenMod has doubled its user base in little more than four months. Simple math tells us that Cyanogen Mod was installed (on average) on approximately 8500 unique devices every single day, not accounting for those users who have decided not to report their install to the CM stat tracker. According to the Cyanogen Mod staff, each device is counted…

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Just days after detailing the future of CyanogenMod 7 and ensuring us that they will continue work on the Android 2.3 software builds beyond CM 7.3, our favorite independent dev team has already released a number of custom 7.2 RC2 ROMs for several Samsung, LG, and Sony devices. CyanogenMod 7.2, based on Android Gingerbread, is not yet final and needs additional work, but if you’re eager to get a taste of the software package and you have one of the supported devices, you can go ahead and download the builds from this link. The LG Optimus Black P970 is one…

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We’ve been running more and more articles on AOKP lately, and many people keep asking what AOKP is. Well, within this article I would like to explain it to you. The CyanogenMod ROM is based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project). These CM builds often contain a few extra features and tweaks to improve the overall Android experience. Users get to enjoy the stock Android experience and not the skins and additional clutter that manufacturers slap onto Android when distributing devices. CyanogenMod is hugely popular, supporting over 70 devices. I proudly run it on my own Desire HD. There is…