Google’s latest tablet, the HTC built Nexus 9, is proving to be a great device for many users. It comes with Google’s vanilla flavor of Android, now up to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, but there is now another option out there for you. Cyanogen Inc. has released CyanogenMod 12 nightlies for the Nexus 9.
The official support for the Nexus 9 is a welcome addition to the available custom ROMs out there. Of course, as we’ve discussed a few times in the last couple weeks, CyanogenMod 12 nightlies are the alternative ROM maker’s beta stream, a stable release of CM 12 is still not available. You should expect to see a few hiccups here and there, but we understand things are running fairly well at this point.
CM 12 is based on Android Lollipop as well, meaning that flashing to this new OS should not be a drastic change from your current stock Android 5.0.2 Lollipop experience. Do remember that you’ll need an unlocked bootloader and a custom recovery to continue. Luckily, Nexus devices are well supported for this sort of stuff, if something goes wrong, flashing back to stock is rarely a difficult task.
Cyanogen has been shaking things up lately, they have all but split ways with OnePlus, the manufacturer of the self proclaimed flagship killer OnePlus One handset. Then they go ahead and throw their gloves to the ice to take on Google themselves, seeking to launch a Google apps free Android experience. Microsoft is said to be getting into this mess as well, throwing a bit of cash at Cyanogen.
With all of these changes, we almost wondered if pushing CM 12 to the Nexus 9 is a move to attack Google. But then we remember, Cyanogen has been rocking their OS on most high end devices around the globe already, no need for theatrics, CM 12 on the Nexus 9 is just business as usual.
Head on over to the CyanogenMod 12 nightlies page to grab your copy of the new system image, and get ready for your new daily updates.
Nexus 9 owners, will you be flashing CM 12 nighlties on your tablet?