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18 January 2011, 11:38

Gingerbread-based CyanogenMod 7.0 nightly builds

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CyanogenMod logo Following a preview earlier this month, the CyanogenMod developers have announced the launch of nightly builds for version 7.0 of their modified Android firmware, the project's next major release. 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 phones capabilities.

Based on the source code for Android 2.3 "Gingerbread", CyanogenMod 7.0 (CM7) features a brand new boot animation, as well as updated CyanogenMod settings with options that allow, for eaxample, 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.

Zoom The new CyanogenMod 7 home screen.
The unsupported nightly builds are aimed at testers and can be downloaded from the TD Mirror Network for a number of devices, including several HTC models, such as the Desire, Desire HD and Legend, as well as Google's Nexus One smartphone. According to the developers, as the current nightly builds are "pretty solid", so release candidates for CM7 "aren't far off". Its worth nothing that, for the first time, the HTC Dream (also known as the T-Mobile G1, the first ever Android phone) and the HTC Magic (aka the T-Mobile myTouch 3G) are not listed.

Nightly builds reflect the current state of development and are often considered to be highly experimental. 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. 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.

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