The wait for the latest version of the CyanogenMod custom Android ROM has been a long one for many of us. Lots of nights flashing nightlies, working around bugs in release candidates (and reporting them!), and everything that goes along with taking control of your smartphone’s ROM destiny. But that wait is over now that CyanogenMod 7 has been officially released.
CyanogenMod is a customized version of Android that adds additional features to your smartphone. CyanogenMod 7 made its debut Sunday night; I follow Cyanogen, and while I missed the release party that happened via tinychat (it was tinychat, right?), I have to say I was excited by the news. A Nexus S owner on T-Mobile, I’ve been running CM7 RC4 just waiting for a bonafide release to update. I’m hoping for some extended battery life, it’s about the only “fix” I think CM7 needed on the Nexus S.
CM7 is based on the Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) kernel (Gingerbread was released initially with the Samsung Nexus S). While it isn’t a release slated to hit most phones by default (2.4 is the next official release, rumor has it), many ROM makers have embraced Gingerbread as the release to hack onto phones. Having a Nexus S at release and running Gingerbread, I can’t disagree. It’s worlds better than 2.1, and decent strides ahead of 2.2 as well.
It’s necessary to root your phone to run it, with the list of devices running it grows from about 30 currently. Were I you, I’d head over to cyanogenmod.com right now and check the changelog and if your device is supported. If and when you flash, make sure you check out the forums there as well, it’s full to the rim with helpful advice.