After months of development and nightly builds, version 9 of the CyanogenMod custom Android ROM becomes finally stable.
The CyanogenMod is a replacement for the original Android system, completely open source, and with a lot of extra features; it supports over 60 devices (only official ports, there are also unofficial versions for other devices) and has over 2 million users.
Version 9 is based on Android 4.0 (a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich) and Linux Kernel 3.0 (altough you can install another kernel version, or even build your own, isn’t open source awesome?); development started in late 2011, and just today (9 August 2012) the stable version was released.
I’ve been a CM9 user since its early stages (as soon as a build for the Galaxy S2 was released, I installed it), I was really excited about ICS, but official builds didn’t satisfy me at all,so I gave it a try, and even if it was really buggy back then, it was simply the best ROM I’ve ever tried.
It comes with the Trebuchet Launcher, very fast, stable and good looking. I was a big supporter of TouchWiz when I used GingerBread, but Trebuchet is simply better; and it’s very well integrated with the CM9, which makes it my favourite launcher so far.
The default music player is Apollo, a very good music player in my opinion, it automatically grabs album covers and artist photos from last.fm, which is both nice and annoying, since you have to tag all your music correctly, or you’ll get an ugly “Keep stats clean” warning from last.fm. CM9 comes also with DSPManager, a nice equalizer, to enjoy your music even more.
Right now the CyanogenMod team is working on the next version, CyanogenMod 10, based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, some nightlies have been released so far, but they’re still really unstable.
You can get CyanogenMod from http://get.cm, check the list for your device and download the desired version, if you’re a ROM Manager Premium user, you can send it directly to your phone.
If you’re an Android user, let me know, which device do you own? Do you use CM or any other custom ROM? Do you use a custom kernel? And do you think the custom ROM improved your device?
Also, if you want me to review another ROM, just tell me (keep in mind I only own a Samsung Galaxy S2) and I’ll take a look at it