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Flow chart says which phones get CyanogenMod 9 (and which don’t)

CyanogenMod supports a lot of Android phones and tablets: dozens officially, and a handful more can be found as side projects for the members of the CM team. Bit one of the questions they get asked most frequently is, will my phone/tablet/ereader/phablet/toaster oven get CyanogenMod 9, the Ice Cream Sandwich release of the popular ROM family? To help dispel some of the uncertainty, CyanogenMod released a flow chart that spells out which phones will, won't and may or may not be officially supported. Click here for a full-sized version.

Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update mod posted for all international models

You know this one was coming. The recently released Ice Cream Sandwich update for Samsung Galaxy S II owners in several European countries and South Korea is for the I9000 model of the phone, which is basically identical in almost all areas of the world, save a few localization files. This being the case, a public-spirited modder from Tech Splurge has posted a quick guide on flashing the software package to any GSII-I9000, saving plenty of folks weeks of waiting while their local carrier gets around to sending out the update.

Galaxy Nexus gets modded tablet UI for custom ROMs

Say, this looks familiar. Just days after the Verizon Galaxy Nexus launched, Android Community tried an experiment to force it to go into Android 4.0's tablet interface. We were only partially successful (hey, we're bloggers, not developers) but it looks like someone has taken a similar idea all the way to its conclusion. A RootzWiki user named CurrentWeb has developed a ZIP package that makes your Samsung Galaxy Nexus use the full Ice Cream Sandwich tablet user interface, bottom action bar and all.

ReloadedICS brings a host of tweaks to CyanogenMod 9′s status bar

One of the best features of the CyanogenMod family of ROMs is its integrated power menu that hangs out in the status bar. It's so handy that it's downright difficult to adjust to a ROM that doesn't have it after you've used it, which is probably why all the other ROMs that didn't have a similar feature already are adding it in. If you want even more options when it comes to your Ice Cream Sandwich experience (And if you're reading this, then yes you do) try out ReloadedICS, from a team of developers over at XDA.

Nexus S gets a Sense 4.0 port: worlds are colliding

Believe it or not, not all the skins and additions made to Android are bad - Samsung's drop-down power menu and HTC's multi-talented unlock screen come to mind. There are those who prefer HTC's Sense UI to stock Android, and for those Sense 4.0 is certainly something to look forward to. If (by some chance) you're a Sense fan who currently owns Samsung Nexus S, you can try out Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0 right now, courtesy of XDA Developers member swamp goblin. Currently the port is in a pre-alpha state, meaning it's about as buggy as a week-old BLT on the sidewalk.

AOKP ROM’s coolest new feature: Fast Torch

As a hardcore custom ROM user, I tend to update my current "daily driver" about once every couple of weeks or so. Since CyanogenMod was taking its sweet time in getting here (nightlies just started arriving yesterday) I gave a shot to a very popular up-and-coming ROM for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, Android Open Kang Project. AOKP has been one of the fastest and most stable of the new ICe Cream Sandwich ROMs, and it's gaining quite a following. When I saw one of the features snuck into the latest build (24), I just had to do a quick demonstration.

CyanogenMod 9 shows off new logo and boot animation

CyanogenMod 9, the Ice Cream Sandwich update to the most popular family of custom ROMs out there, is nearing completion. And as with any major launch, albeit with a more user-group feel, they need a shiny new logo and intro animation to show off. To that end, the CM team has posted both the CyanogenMod 9 logo and the boot animation on YouTube. THe new animation keeps the classic Cyanogen "skating Android" and builds upon the radial CyanogenMod 7 logo/animation. The animation file itself isn't available just yet, but it should be coming in a few weeks at the latest ,and of course it'll be packaged with all official CM9 builds.

Eden Tab packs MIUI onto a retail tablet… in Japan

For the most part, custom ROMs are the territory of modders and high-functioning enthusiasts, with one very important exception. Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has the MI-One, a smarptohne sold at retail and through carriers that packs the popular MIUI custom ROM instead of stock Android. Now the MI-One is joined by a tablet sibling across a short sea: the Eden Tab, a 7-inch WiFi tablet that's being prepared for sale exclusively in Japan. Like the Mi-One, the Eden Tab will run MIUI instead of standard Android.

CyanogenMod 9 for the HP TouchPad gets nightly updates

Thought you'd seen the last of everyone's favorite firesale mod platform? Think again. The CyanogenMod team's Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HP TouchPad has unofficially graduated from major beta releases to nightly updates. Those with the inclination to try the latest and greatest in community-authored open source code can now flash updated ROMs every day, courtesy of the folks at TeamWin. They're syncing the latest Alpha build with nightly addition to CyanogenMod 9's code, added to the main branch daily, then posting them on their own. You check the download page here to see the latest files.

CyanogenMod 9 may use Onskreen’s Cornerstone multitasking engine

Android's always been pretty handy with multitasking, but if CyanogenMod is your custom ROM of choice, it may soon be getting even better. The CyanogenMod team stated on a Google+ post that they're investigating the possibility of including Onskreen's Cornerstone software in their final CM9 build, based on Ice Cream Sandwich. The sudden addition is due to Cornerstone's recent move to the world of open source, allowing modders like the CM team to include it in their ROMs for free. "We will probably include this into CM9. it needs some polish, but the concept is just great," said an official update.