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08 March 2011, 11:38

Gingerbread-based CyanogenMod 7.0 approaches

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CyanogenMod Logo The CyanogenMod project developers have announced the arrival of a second release candidate (RC2) for version 7.0 of their modified Android firmware, the project's next major release. According to the developers, in addition to bug fixes, the latest RC builds include several new features, including support for WiMAX on the HTC Evo 4G and Notification Profiles.

Currently in "feature-frozen and in bugfix mode", CyanogenMod 7.0 (CM7) is based on Android 2.3 "Gingerbread", more specifically version 2.3.3, and features a brand new boot animation, as well as updated CyanogenMod settings with options that allow, for example, users to move all of their applications to external storage (e.g. MicroSD) or adjust device performance by over-clocking the CPU. Other updates include improvements to the status bar and notification icons, and the latest version of the Android Market.

At the end of last month, the project also added a new Devices page aimed at making it easier for users to browse information based on their devices quicker and more easily.

More details about the release candidate can be found in a post on the CyanogenMod blog and in the change log. Download links for various devices can be found in the CyanogenMod Forums and installation instructions are provided on the project's wiki.

The latest stable release of the CyanogenMod modified Android firmware is version 6.1.1, a bug fix update for the 6.1 release from early December of last year. 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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