Today the CyanogenMod team made Release Candidates of CyanogenMod 7 available for the Nexus One, T-Mobile G2, myTouch 4G, and Evo 4G. CM7 is based on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread AOSP source, plus a bunch of tweaks, additions, and improvements.
A Release Candidate (RC) is just that, it’s a release of the code that could become final if no bugs are found. Generally a CM build will go through two or three RCs before it’s finally released. RCs should be usable as your daily driver, and in my experience, there’s no reason not to use CM7 RC1 on your phone.
There are a few things to keep in mind with CM7:
- You’ll need to have rooted your phone (which may void your warranty, or brick your phone, or both).
- You’ll need to upgrade your recovery image to ClockworkMod Recovery 3.x+ (which is now available via the ROM Manager app. This step is NOT OPTIONAL! You will have all kinds of problems if you use an older version of ClockworkMod Recovery!
- You’ll have to wipe your phone and set it up again in Gingerbread. This is also a benefit, since you’ll be able to get rid of a lot of stuff that you don’t use any more.
- If you want them you’ll also need to download an install the Google Apps Pack (GAPPS) separately. It’s out there, but not included with CM& for licensing and distribution reasons.
Okay, I’ve kept you reading long enough! Go and download what you need and get flashing!