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CyanogenMod 7.2 (Gingerbread) nears completion

As much as we like to put new software on old machines, sometimes they just can't take it - you wouldn't try to play Crysis on your grandmother's 98 HP, after all. That's why we're so glad that the CyanogenMod team is continuing to support its Gingerbread build, CyanogenMod 7, with an updated release. Version 7.2 has hit Release Candidate 2 for dozens of devices, and given the team's previous work that means we're not far from a "Final" version.

AT&T’s HTC One X bootloader locked for now

For the past few months HTC has been playing it pretty mod-friendly with HTCDev, their portal for all things developer and the home of HTC's bootloader unlock tool. But those few who have access to AT&T's LTE version of the One X have found that using the previously posted bootloader unlock simply won't work - the unlock process returns a failure, and says that the American model isn't allowed. Without an unlocked bootloader, custom ROMs will be difficult, and custom kernels will be almost impossible.

HTC EVO 3D CDMA Ice Cream Sandwich ROM leaked

There have been a surprising number of Ice Cream Sandwich builds released from the major manufacturers, but I honestly wasn't expecting to see this one. A generous XDA member has posted the Android 4.0 ROM for the HTC EVO 3D, straight from the source and ready for flashing. This particulate software build is intended for Virgin Mobile's US version of the phone, but it will work with The Now Network as well.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 source code posted

If you got your hands on a sweet $250 Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, it's time to start diving into that code. Samsung has just posted the open source code not only for the 7-inch model of the Galaxy Tab 2, but the delayed 10-inch version as well. Of course having the source code will help modders to alter the existing software, but it will also allow them to easily get custom ROMs running on the Android tablets. And we love us some custom ROMs. You can download the source code files here.

Galaxy Note CyanogenMod 9 build adds S-Pen support

What's the point of having a gigantic, stylus-enabled superphone if you can't own at Draw Something? Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note who are also fans of the popular custom ROM CyanogenMod need no longer ask this question. The latest version of the ROM adds a few more features, including support for Samsung's S-Pen, an active digitizer stylus that uses Wacom technology for accuracy and precision. You can download the ported ROM from this XDA thread - sorry, AT&T users, it's only for the international Galaxy Note for now.

Android Open Kang Project reaches Milestone 5

If you're a prolific ROM flasher and you've got a Galaxy Nexus or another recent Android device, odds are pretty good that you've at least tried Android Open Kang Project (AOKP), one of the fastest-growing family of custom ROMs out there. The project has released over 30 builds since its inception late last year, and is now on Milestone 5. This doesn't mean much beyond the fact that they've reached a point where enough new features have been added to justify upgrading for those who don't flash nightlies as a habit. You can see the release notes and downloads for dozens of devices here.

HTC One X gets an early CyanogenMod 9 port

The HTC One X is rightly sitting on top of the Android world for the moment, and of course that means just one thing: the modders are coming out to play. Users of the international One X (with the Tegra 3 processor) can now get a taste of the ubiquitous CyanogenMod custom ROM. The unofficial port or "kang" comes from the TripNDroid Mobile Engineering  developer team, who've posted their work over on the Modaco forums. Brave One X owners can flash a custom recovery and try out the ROM now.

MIUI Launcher modded for any ICS ROM

No two ways about it: the MIUI family of ROMs has a unique visual approach. Blending elements from Android, iOS, WebOS, and plenty of manufacturer skins to boot, it's become one of the most popular ROMs for those who love to tinker with their user interface. The Android 4.0 version MIUI 4 is still a work in progress, but if you've got an Ice Cream Sandwich phone or ROM, you can try out the MIUI 4 launcher and lockscreen now, thanks to RootzWiki member "hoppermi".

Xiaomi MI-One sells 150,000 units in 13 minutes

Wow, people are really, really excited for the MI-One, the Chinese smartphone from manufacturer Xiaomi that eschews standard Android or manufacturer skins in favor of a community-created Android ROM. The manufacturer sells the phone in batches as they're made, and apparently demand for the MI-One has reached a fever pitch since it started shipping in August of last year. The last batch of 150,000 phones sold out just under 13 minutes after the company posted them online.