A little over two weeks back, the team behind the CyanogenMod project put version 9.0 on lockdown, freezing current progress and signaling the forthcoming arrival of the first CM9 release candidates. Sure enough, they’ve now arrived, with CM9 RC1 becoming available today for 37 Android devices.
That number’s not too bad at all, since we had been warned that the initial wave of models for which we’d see RC support would be limited. Those 37 include highlights like Samsung’s Galaxy S II, Note, and Nexus, HTC’s Sensation and Droid Incredible 2, and LG’s Optimus One. If you don’t see your phone among the list, keep the faith, as we could still see CM9 come to it in the future; the idea is to lead the pack with just a few models with strong support behind them. Those additional devices getting CM9 in the future will include both new and older Androids.
Look for additional release candidates arriving in the coming weeks as the last bugs are tackled before the official CyanogenMod 9 release.
Even with this phase of development nearing completion, work will be far from over for the developers contributing to CyanogenMod, as it looks like Google is just about ready to announce Android 4.1 Jelly Bean; once that hits the AOSP, you can expect to see new CyanogenMod versions begin integrating it.