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10 May 2012, 14:57

CyanogenMod gives 7.x branch status update

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CyanogenMod logo Following several weeks without an update, the CyanogenMod Team has detailed its plans for the 7.x branch of its popular modified Android firmware and its future development. According to CyanogenMod developer Abhisek "ciwrl" Devkota, the team is currently working to identify and fix problems in the upcoming version 7.2 release of CyanogenMod and will publish a final version "soon".

CyanogenMod 7.2, a first release candidate for which was released in March, will be based on Android 2.3.7 and will include updates to the lock screen, new lock screen styles, and several features backported from Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" such as transitions, rotation effects and fixes to the telephony stack. Once the final release is made available, not all devices that received RC1 will graduate to the stable version immediately – Devkota says that this is because there are still several major bugs, but that they don't want to hold up working devices for "a few stragglers". Once these problems are fixed, these devices will receive a 7.2 stable release.

Devkota also notes that some users have been concerned as to what "will become of CyanogenMod 7" now that the developers are hard at work on the project's next major release: version 9 based on Ice Cream Sandwich. "We aren't just leaving you behind," said Devkota, adding that "the 7.x branch of CyanogenMod will stay open, available, and active beyond 7.2". Development is, however, likely to slow down: "We may switch to a more weekly drop of the infamous nightlies at some point, but they will continue as well" – nightly builds are the most up to date experimental development versions of CyanogenMod.

Originally started by Steve "Cyanogen" Kondik, the CyanogenMod project offers open source, community-built custom ROMs for Android devices. The custom ROMs are built based on the code from the Android Open Source Project and are often more up-to-date than the stock ROM images from phone vendors. The current stable release is CyanogenMod 7.1 from October of last year.

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