Everyone’s favorite Android distribution CyanogenMod has now released their latest and greatest and that is CyanogenMod 7.1 RC1. This is the first official release for the new CM 7.1 that brings Android up to 2.3.4 and to over 40 devices (44 to be specific). This latest update brings many changes and the changelog sure does have some great additions as well as showing CM7.1 bringing support to many new devices like the Galaxy S, Cliq, LG Optimus x2/T-Mobile G2x and more.

I’m sure many of you have been running nightly builds of CM7 if your anything like me, so these changes are not new to you but for the rest of the Android world that likes stable builds this brings some solid changes and improvements to our phones. For the most part nightly builds have always been pretty stable so it is fair to say that the release candidate’s being offered now are stable as well. So for those that are not crackflashers and flash nightly you can head to the CM Download Mirrors and get CM7.1 RC1 starting right now.

As always you can follow @CyanogenMod on Twitter to find out about the latest and greatest in CM, or just follow us at @Androids to get all your Android news.

Like we always say, make sure you use caution and make a backup of whatever ROM your currently running just to be safe. I always like to backup my current ROM as well as a complete re-backup of all my apps and settings using Titanium Backup. The easiest way to upgrade to the latest version of CM7 is to just flash it via Rom Manager, or do it manually by getting the file from the download mirrors. I’m sure most of you that have already flashed this, or will be tonight already know what they are doing but just in case remember that flashing any custom rom is at your own risk. CyanogenMod brings many enhancements to our phones that makes it so worthwhile to many and that is why it is extremely popular and has over 400,000 users. Just make sure you know what you are doing and if you need any help read the CyanogenMod Wiki. Below is a list of some of the major changes in this update for your viewing pleasure, Oh and don’t forget the flash the Gapps.

Common: Android 2.3.4 (Google)
Common: Bluetooth mouse support – Scott Brady
Common: Improve notification swipe-to-clear – Evan Charlton
Common: Improve album-artist support in media scanner – Paul Crovella
Common: Profile improvements and bugfixes – Martin Long
Common: RTL text improvements – Eyad Aboulouz, Eran Mizrahi
Common: Wake on volume key option – Sven Dawitz
Common: Support for revoking application permissions – Plamen K. Kosseff
Common: Latest Superuser app – ChainsDD
Common: Control brightness by sliding on statusbar – Danesh M
Common: Add “copy all” to context menu – Danesh M
Common: Lockscreen haptic and statusbar indicators toggle – Danesh M
Common: Nicer timepicker/datepicker – Jiri Tyr
Common: Configuration 0/90/180/270 rotation – Jonas Larsson, Scott Brady
Common: DSP Manager bugfixes and improvements – Antti S Lankila
Common: Support for launching apps via gestures in the background – Jiri Tyr
Common: Option to hide hold button during call – Roberto Leinardi
Common: Allow using wildcards for call blacklisting – Nihanth Subramanya
Common: Option to allow in-call lockscreen to match main lockscren – Sven Dawitz
Common: Option to notify about incoming call only in background when screen is on – Pavel Kucera
Common: ADWLauncher- Transitions, catalog improvements, bugfixes – John Van Etten
Common: Optional GMT correction for SMS/MMS timestamps – Terry Hau
Common: Add FM Seek for TI devices – KalimochoAz
Common: Add FM support for SI4708 devices (Blade, V9, Racer) – Stéphane Konstantaropoulos
Common: Add FM seek implementation to FM application – Tom Giordano
Click, Motorola: Speed up photo recording – Emilio López
Click, Motorola: Add Geolocation to photo app – KalimochoAz
Vision/Glacier/Ace/Speedy/Vivo: 2.6.35 kernel and updated userspace
Buzz: 2.6.35 kernel – Arne Coucheron


  1. Did all the proper steps via ROM Manager on the G2x…  when the ROM tried to install,  I kept getting the Android with the exclamation point and the phone just rebooted to the current ROM (Gingerbread leak).  So I copied the RC to the SD card and installed it manually.  It said complete and never booted up again,  it just stayed frozen on a different LG logo.  After four hours,  I threw the thing at a wooden chair and may it R.I.P.  Got another one on the way,  thanks to insurance…  Any suggestions on that one,  lol.    


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