htc-one-cm10.1-nightlyThere is some good news for all those HTC One owners who are keen to try out CyanogenMod 10.1, official nightly builds are now available for the GSM version and the Sprint variant.

Codenamed M7 – after the internal development name of the device, the nightly builds aren’t yet considered stable but are working sufficiently well for enthusiasts to use. The biggest bug at the moment seems to be that the audio on outgoing calls can be “hit or miss”. The current workaround is to enable the ‘touch sounds’ and start a call using the dial pad, that way you will have audio on the outgoing call. This doesn’t affect incoming calls which are behaving normally.

The steps to get CM10.1 on your HTC are pretty much the same as for other devices. The bootloader needs to be unlocked and ClockwordMod-Recovery installed. The the CM10.1 build needs to be copied over along with the Google apps. A quick boot into recovery mode will allow the CM10.1 firmware to be flashed onto the device (along with the Google apps) and after a reboot CyanogenMod 10.1 should be running rather than the factory version of Android supplied by HTC.

CyanogenMod is a free, custom firmware based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is designed to increase performance and reliability over the stock version of Android. But be warned, you flash at your own risk and by replacing HTC’s firmware you void your warranty. If you hate HTC Sense 5 and don’t get on with BlinkFeed then CM10.1 might be the way to go, but it is worth noting the other features which don’t currently work including the IR blaster and Wi-Fi Calling for T-Mobile.

There are wiki pages for the M7 (GSM) and the M7 (Sprint) variants  with some preliminary information and the nightly builds can be downloaded from the two different M7 download sections (GSM or Sprint) of the CyanogenMod site.

Gary Sims
Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade. Prior to that, he had over 10 years of experience as a software engineer.