What’s New in CyanogenMod?


A lot has changed since CyanogenMod custom ROM hit 7.0 and brought Android 2.3 Gingerbread to a host of phones. Back in June the first release candidate (RC1) of CyanogenMod 7.1 was released, which brought the Gingerbread 2.3.4 update to those willing to test the not-yet-final version of the ROM.

Since then,development has continued. What has been happening in the “Nightly” builds of the ROM in the few months since RC1 was released? Quite a bit!

(If you’re not running CyanogenMod yet, here’s our quick tutorial on how you can get started.)

Gingerbread 2.3.5

Most notably, Android version 2.3.5 has made its way into the current “Nightly” builds. This version of Android includes the front-facing camera API, NFC goodies, bug fixes, and various tweaks.

Kernel Updates

Since Kernels are specific to devices, not to the core CyanogenMod source itself, talking about ROM updates apply to some, but not others. That having been said, as builds for various phones are pushed, the latest versions of their respective Kernels are being bundled in with their ROMs.

Probably the biggest news was Steve’s post indicating that he was working on porting the Linux 3.0x Kernel phones using a specific Qualcomm chipset.

Built-In Screenshot

Something reviewers like is the ability to take screen shots. There are lots of apps out there that do this, but inevitably a new ROM or updated version of Android will come along that breaks this functionality. Luckily for us, long-pressing the power button brings up your reboot menu, including a new option to take a screenshot right from the menu. Super easy, super fast!

What Else?

With so many devices supported, and so many developers participating in the CyanogenMod project these days, we couldn’t include everything, but perhaps you think we missed something important. Let us know what you feel are some of the more notable additions since CM7.1RC1 was released in the comments below!

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Joe Levi
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.