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19 March 2012, 17:22

First release candidate of CyanogenMod 7.2 backports ICS features

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CyanogenMod Logo The CyanogenMod team has announced the first release candidate of CyanogenMod 7.2, which backports several features from Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" to the firmware. CyanogenMod 7 is itself based on Android 2.3 and is mostly aimed at phones that are not supported for Ice Cream Sandwich.

CyanogenMod 7.2 comes with updates to the lock screen including new lock screen styles and the backported features from Ice Cream Sandwich include transitions and rotation effects as well as fixes to the telephony stack. Over twenty new devices are supported by the firmware and many bugs have been fixed.

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 experimental first release candidate of CyanogenMod 7.2 can be downloaded from the CyanogenMod mirrors, and more details on the changes in this release can be found in the accompanying change log. The developers advise users to install the release using ROM Manager. Instructions and details of how to "root" various devices can be found on the project's wiki.

The H reminds users that, as with all custom firmware, inexperienced users are not advised to flash their devices as they could unintentionally "brick" them, resulting in a complete loss of functionality.

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