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28 March 2011, 10:58

Gingerbread-based CyanogenMod 7.0 nears completion

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CyanogenMod logo The CyanogenMod project developers have issued a third release candidate for version 7.0 of their modified Android firmware, the project's next major release. At this stage of development, only minor changes and bug fixes are likely to have taken place since the previous RC.

CyanogenMod 7.0 (CM7) is based on the source code for Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" and features a number of changes, including a brand new boot animation. Other changes include improvements to the status bar and notification icons, and updates to the 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.

So far, a total of 10 devices, including the HTC Nexus One, the Geeksphone One and Zero, HTC Desire HD and the CDMA version of the HTC Hero, have received an update to RC3 status. More devices are likely to following in the coming days.

At the time of this posting, however, an official announcement has yet to be made about the development preview. Download links for various devices can be found on one of the TDRevolution mirrors and in the CyanogenMod Forums. Installation instructions are provided on the project's wiki.

The CyanogenMod project offers for a variety of Android phones free community-built custom ROMs that don't include Google's custom closed-source applications, such as GMail, Google Maps and YouTube. The custom ROMs are popular as they are often more up-to-date than the official model-specific Android releases and typically will extend a phone's capabilities. To date, more than 22,000 devices have been registered running the custom firmware.

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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