CyanogenMod 9

Android Community Weekly: February 25, 2012

It's time for another weekly roundup of the top Android tech news for the week. With Mobile World Congress only a day away, we're sure you're dying to see what the near future of mobile devices holds. We've put together an article on what to expect, so it would be a bit easier to keep an eye out for breaking news. There still could be some surprises, but we'll just have to wait and experience the event for ourselves.

HP TouchPad CM9 graduates to Alpha 2: we go hands-on

It's been many a moon since I dusted off the old firesale HP TouchPad, but now that the CyanogenMod team has advanced its Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the tablet to Alpha 2, I figured it was time to give the mod-friendly slate another go. TouchPad owners can download the latest ROM from RootzWiki, and after you see my experiences here, you'll want to. The TouchPad has become a surprisingly stable and speedy platform for Android, due in no small part to the efforts of the CyanogenMod developers.

Official CyanogenMod 9 nightly ROMs ready for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and XOOM

At long last, the first officially blessed software for CyanogenMod 9 is available! The CyanogenMod team has been working hard since November to get Ice Cream Sandwich builds ready, and nightly ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola XOOM are ready for download now. Heat to the CyanogenMod ROM repository to download them now. For the uninitiated, "toro" is the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, "maguro" is the international HSPA+ model, "stringray" is Verizon's Motorola XOOM, "wingray" is the WiFi-only XOOM, "crespo" is the Nexus S GSM version and "crespo4G" is the CDMA Nexus S 4G.

HP TouchPad CM9 Alpha 1 adds hardware video decoding

IT's that time again, TouchPad owners: break out the recoveries and clear your download queue. The CyanogenMod 9 developers have posted the latest build of Ice cream Sandwich for the HP TouchPad, this time getting it to the lofty heights of Alpha 1. There's not a whole lot of differences between this and Alpha .6 a few weeks ago, but the addition of hardware-decoded video should be enough to get you excited. Power users, you know the drill: download the ROM from here, make a nandroid backup and flash. Hop to it.

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.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets its first official CyanogenMod 9 pre-alpha

Development on CyangoenMod 9, the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the popular family of custom ROMs, is still in heavy development. While official releases from the CyanogenMod team are rare, the lead developer Steve Kondik posted a link to the first Alpha version of CM9 for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. While technically still an alpha, everyhing seems to be working with the exception of the camera. You can download the ROM here, and rooted users can flash it via the recovery of their choice.

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.

Android Community Evening Wrap-Up: February 15, 2012

Earlier on today, we had found out CyanogenMod 9 may make use of Onskreen's Cornerstone multitasking engine. It was just recently announced, and proved to be quite an amazing concept. Actually, we had wondered why the concept wasn't already natively part of Android. Next, word got out that Verizon may release a white Galaxy Nexus with reduced price and storage. Reduced price is key here, and if a white model will be available at a reduced price, it's almost certain another cheaper black variant could see stores too.
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