What’s New in CyanogenMod 6.1?


With all the news surrounding Gingerbread and Honeycomb coming out of the woodwork, I haven’t had a chance to let you all know that CyanogenMod (my favorite Custom ROM) has been updated yet again, and has been released as a stable build.

Version 6.0 brought us Froyo (even to devices that haven’t seen — and probably won’t see) Android 2.2. This time it’s Android 2.2.1, plus a whole bunch of goodness.

Since CyanogenMod is available for quite a few devices, the change-log is divided into enhancements common all devices (prefaced with “Common:”), and those that are specific to certain devices (prefaced by their code-name).

Common: Update to Android 2.2.1

Common: Various bugfixes from AOSP and CodeAurora

Common: ADWLauncher 1.3.3 – Ander Webbs

Common: Configurable audio focus for music app – Jonas Larsson

Common: APN cleanup (fixes many issues with GPS and MMS) – Cyanogen

Common: Use ARMv6 optimizations for DS/Hero targets – Ninpo

Common: AudioDSP updates – Antti S. Lankila

Common: Status bar themes – Michael Webster

Common: Email app updates** – Michael Webster

Common: Selected kernel optimizations – Kernelzilla

Common: EMMC support – Koush

Common: Camcorder touch-to-focus – Cyanogen

Common: Notification “quiet hours” – Evan Charlton

Common; Superuser 2.3.6 – Adam Shanks (ChainsDD)

Common: Camera/camcorder continuous autofocus – Cyanogen

Common: Camera option sliders – Cyanogen

Common: Control locking of MMS app in memory – Julian J. M

Common: Kill foreground app by long-pressing back – Evan Charlton

Common: New AppWidgetPicker dialog – [email protected]

Common: FileManager app – OpenIntents (graphics update from Fitsnugly)

Common: Anonymous install statistics gathering – Chris Soyars

Common: Stable shot camera mode – Cyanogen

Common: Dual-mode snooze (long press dismiss) – Evan Charlton

Common: Compose SMS/MMS via search button long press – Wes Garner

Common: Notification category support – Pedlar

Common: Galaxy S style power widget in notification bar – Pedlar

Common: Autodetect if we should use /cache for system dex files – Kali-

Common: Quick PIN unlock – gsarrica

Common: Increase performance of Gallery3D caching system – Androbot

Common: Gallery3D bugfixes and improvements – CodeAurora

Common: Gallery3D highres patches – Petar Šegina

Common: Skia performance enhancements – CodeAurora

Common: APN list update – Paul Weiss

Common: Fix AGPS issues on all platforms

Common: Ability to customize location to save attachments in MMS – Wes Garner

Common: Dismiss notifications by swiping – Evan Charlton

Common: Enabled Sound Recorder app

Common: Bluetooth OBEX performance boost – Sony

Common: Updated Terminal Emulator app – Jack Palevich

Common: Updated headset drawables – blunden

Common: Optional overscrolling – Google, Arcee, Robert Burns

Common: Messaging/Phone sliders on lockscreen – Rodolfo Hurtado

Common: Lockscreen gestures – Michael Webster

Common: Camera bugfixes (mostly for Droid) – Michael Webster

Common: Bluetooth FTP server profile – CodeAurora

Common: New wallpapers – Prash

Common: Super duper unified flashlights – Michael Webster

Common: Launch applications via DeskClock – Evan Charlton

N1/Bravo/Incredible/Supersonic/Vision/Ace: FM Radio support – MIUI – http://miui.com (graphics from Fitsnugly, HaXzAmaTiC, and blunden – bugfixes and extra features from Cyanogen, Zinx, mtwebster, and Wysie))

N1/DS/Bravo(c)/Supersonic – Unified kernel (Cyanogen, toastcfh, Kali-, defer, Zinx, ezterry, Pershoot, and others)

N1: Increased camera performance – Charan Singh

N1: Enhanced battery driver – Roger Podacter, theloginwithnoname

DS: Updated hardware drivers from official release

DS: CompCache sizes can be adjusted through CMParts – Wes Garner

DS: Removed bootloader/radio asserts – GOOD LUCK

Supersonic – Kernel 2.6.34 courtesy of Toast and Madcoder

Supersonic – Use WiMAX LED for notifications – Cyanogen

Bravo: Kernel merged with cm-kernel – Kali, Defer

Espresso: Improve backlights – Wes Garner

Espresso/Legend/Liberty: Kernel OC patch – dumfuq (no OC by default)

Espresso/Legend/Liberty: Using media libs from 2.2

Espresso: Fixed Bluetooth SCO

Legend/Supersonic: Proper notification light support – Alex Hofbauer

Incredible: Enable torch app

Incredible: Better internal storage support – Josh Stone

Sholes: Enable Torch app – mtwebster

Vision: Kernel, many improvements, 1.4GHz capable (coolbho3k), new ganeth driver (zinx)

Vision: Quickeys implementation – Optedoblivion

Vision: Insane GPS fix – Zinx

Vision: LED enhancement – Pershoot

Droid: Kernel

If you’re running CyanogenMod on your phone, this update is an absolute necessity. If you’re not running CyanogenMod yet, there’s never been a better time than now!

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Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.