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CyanogenMod Updates; Rolls out Android 2.3 to the Less Fortunate

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If you’re one of the less fortunate (namely those forgotten by their carrier when it comes to phone OS upgrade time) you’ve got a friend in Cyanogen. They’ve rolled out a new Release Candidate update that includes Android 2.3 and a host of performance tweaks.

First thing to note is that this is an RC and if you upgrade from CyanogenMod 6 to CyanogenMod 7 RC you’ll be trading a little bit of stability and a few features that haven’t made the jump from 6 to 7 in return for the newest features of Android 2.3. If you’re not comfortable with that wait for CyanogenMod 7 to update to a final release.

For the intrepid, hit up the link below to read more and grab a copy.

CyanogenMod-7 Release Candidates! [Cyanogen via Download Squad]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/16/11

Comments (5)

  1. geolemon

    I’ve been running Cyanogenmod ROMs on my phones for years now.
    I have a G1 [that I don’t use much anymore] and a Magic [not far off from the G1] that I’e been running Cyanogen 6.0 on – that’s a fantastic ROM. Even on a G1 and Magic, it’s fast – as fast as the stock 1.5 was.

    Unfortunately, even Cyanogen has announced that the G1 and Magic have reached end of life from their perspective – they aren’t developing new ROMS for them – although even still, they are releasing the RC builds for them. So I’ll give the 2.3 a try – if it isn’t so hot or is buggy, they’ve left a great build with 2.2.
    Can’t go wrong either way.

  2. Jason Fitzpatrick

    @geolemon: I think it’s pretty awesome they’re releasing RC builds for them. That means that they’ve “supported” the phone for what? 1-2 years longer than the actual manufacturer?

  3. Chronno S. Trigger

    I just got this running on my N1. Took me two hours of fiddling, but I got it working. Little bit of advice for anyone else trying this; read the instructions thoroughly. The main problem I had was from one little peace that I missed (and wasn’t in the downloads section).

    So far, I haven’t seen anything that adds function, but there’s plenty of form. It’s pretty, and I love the animation that plays when you turn of the screen, but it’s slower and jumpy for me. I guess this phone is finally reaching it’s hardware limits.

  4. Atomsk

    I’ve always used Cyanogenmod roms ever since i first got my N1. They are fantastic. Way faster than stock rom. Especially with a custom kernal makes this roms fly even faster than the Droid X and other supposedly fast phones. I’m glad there are devs who support a phone that isnt made anymore.

  5. James

    Downloaded a copy as soon as release, its awesome and is looking pretty smooth so far.

    Wish they would have added fast reboot option but other than that its great!

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