Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich is all that everybody talks about right now and each and every one of you who owns a device running an older version of the OS is craving a scoop of tasty ICS and its butter smooth action. CM9 is the alternate software to go for in case your phone is not on an official Android 4.0 update list, but even that’s not enough to satisfy the needs of every mobile user out there.

Fear not, though, because CyanogenMod 7, based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, is a project that will be taken to new heights, according to an announcement made by our favorite independent developing team on their official blog.

The initial CM 7.1 release, which has been around for a few months, still has its fair share of bugs and glitches. But while the team is busier than ever with working on CM9, the devs will still be taking care of any and every problem reported on a device running CM 7.

The CM 7.2 software package, based on Android 2.3.7, is itself in the works and will be released sometime soon. However, the CyanogenMod team hasn’t mentioned any kind of timeframe for the launch, so we could be waiting for a few more months. That’s the bad news part of the report, but there is good news to mention too.

Five new devices have been added to the official list of phones supported by CM 7.2 and, while they’re not what you would call high-end or very popular gadgets, they could surely use a software update. The HTC Status (aka ChaCha), HTC Wildfire S (Marvel), LG Optimus Chic (e720), Motorola Photon (Sunfire) and Samsung Galaxy 5 (i5500) are among the “fantastic five”. Anyone who’s hesitating to upgrade from one of these phones to something newer, faster and cooler might be in for a treat soon enough.

The CyanogenMod team has also announced that the “7.x branch” of the project “will stay open, available, and active beyond 7.2”, which is great news for anyone who owns an older smartphone that is still not on any update lists. “We aren’t just leaving you behind” said Ciwrl from CyanogenMod, a message for any Android veteran fearful of being left in the dark with an old phone running glitchy software.

Head on to the source link to check out the full CM blog post, with all the details surrounding the Gingerbread-based CyanogenMod 7’s future and tell us if you’ve tried the 7.1 software, what you think of it, and if you’re eager to check out the 7.2 version, as well as other future ROMs from the developing team!

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