After spending over a month in the release candidate stages, a final (stable) release of Android's most popular ROM has just been pushed out. Cyanogen himself tweeted the news, but also mentioned one small caveat: Samsung devices (read: the Galaxy S line) are left out of the fun, with no ETA. (Update: not available for the HTC Wildfire either.)



What's new in 6.1, you ask? Oh, just a few things:

  • Common: Update to Android 2.2.1
  • Common: Various bugfixes from AOSP and CodeAurora
  • Common: ADWLauncher 1.3.3 - Ander Webbs
  • Common: Configurable audio focus for music app - Jonas Larsson
  • Common: APN cleanup (fixes many issues with GPS and MMS) - Cyanogen
  • Common: Use ARMv6 optimizations for DS/Hero targets - Ninpo
  • Common: AudioDSP updates - Antti S. Lankila
  • Common: Status bar themes - Michael Webster
  • Common: Email app updates** - Michael Webster
  • Common: Selected kernel optimizations - Kernelzilla
  • Common: EMMC support - Koush
  • Common: Camcorder touch-to-focus - Cyanogen
  • Common: Notification "quiet hours" - Evan Charlton
  • Common; Superuser 2.3.6 - Adam Shanks (ChainsDD)
  • Common: Camera/camcorder continuous autofocus - Cyanogen
  • Common: Camera option sliders - Cyanogen
  • Common: Control locking of MMS app in memory - Julian J. M
  • Common: Kill foreground app by long-pressing back - Evan Charlton
  • Common: New AppWidgetPicker dialog - boombuler@XDA
  • Common: FileManager app - OpenIntents (graphics update from Fitsnugly)
  • Common: Anonymous install statistics gathering - Chris Soyars
  • Common: Stable shot camera mode - Cyanogen
  • Common: Dual-mode snooze (long press dismiss) - Evan Charlton
  • Common: Compose SMS/MMS via search button long press - Wes Garner
  • Common: Notification category support - Pedlar
  • Common: Galaxy S style power widget in notification bar - Pedlar
  • Common: Autodetect if we should use /cache for system dex files - Kali-
  • Common: Quick PIN unlock - gsarrica
  • Common: Increase performance of Gallery3D caching system - Androbot
  • Common: Gallery3D bugfixes and improvements - CodeAurora
  • Common: Gallery3D highres patches - Petar Šegina
  • Common: Skia performance enhancements - CodeAurora
  • Common: APN list update - Paul Weiss
  • Common: Fix AGPS issues on all platforms
  • Common: Ability to customize location to save attachments in MMS - Wes Garner
  • Common: Dismiss notifications by swiping - Evan Charlton
  • Common: Enabled Sound Recorder app
  • Common: Bluetooth OBEX performance boost - Sony
  • Common: Updated Terminal Emulator app - Jack Palevich
  • Common: Updated headset drawables - blunden
  • Common: Optional overscrolling - Google, Arcee, Robert Burns
  • Common: Messaging/Phone sliders on lockscreen - Rodolfo Hurtado
  • Common: Lockscreen gestures - Michael Webster
  • Common: Camera bugfixes (mostly for Droid) - Michael Webster
  • Common: Bluetooth FTP server profile - CodeAurora
  • Common: New wallpapers - Prash
  • Common: Super duper unified flashlights - Michael Webster
  • Common: Launch applications via DeskClock - Evan Charlton
  • N1/Bravo/Incredible/Supersonic/Vision/Ace: FM Radio support - MIUI - http://miui.com (graphics from Fitsnugly, HaXzAmaTiC, and blunden - bugfixes and extra features from Cyanogen, Zinx, mtwebster, and Wysie))
  • N1/DS/Bravo(c)/Supersonic - Unified kernel (Cyanogen, toastcfh, Kali-, defer, Zinx, ezterry, Pershoot, and others)
  • N1: Increased camera performance - Charan Singh
  • N1: Enhanced battery driver - Roger Podacter, theloginwithnoname
  • DS: Updated hardware drivers from official release
  • DS: CompCache sizes can be adjusted through CMParts - Wes Garner
  • DS: Removed bootloader/radio asserts - GOOD LUCK
  • Supersonic - Kernel 2.6.34 courtesy of Toast and Madcoder
  • Supersonic - Use WiMAX LED for notifications - Cyanogen
  • Bravo: Kernel merged with cm-kernel - Kali, Defer
  • Espresso: Improve backlights - Wes Garner
  • Espresso/Legend/Liberty: Kernel OC patch - dumfuq (no OC by default)
  • Espresso/Legend/Liberty: Using media libs from 2.2
  • Espresso: Fixed Bluetooth SCO
  • Legend/Supersonic: Proper notification light support - Alex Hofbauer
  • Incredible: Enable torch app
  • Incredible: Better internal storage support - Josh Stone
  • Sholes: Enable Torch app - mtwebster
  • Vision: Kernel, many improvements, 1.4GHz capable (coolbho3k), new ganeth driver (zinx)
  • Vision: Quickeys implementation - Optedoblivion
  • Vision: Insane GPS fix - Zinx
  • Vision: LED enhancement - Pershoot
  • Droid: Kernel

Unfortunately, looking at the change log, it looks like the Drunk Mode we were ever so excited about is nowhere to be found. Bummer.

Word around the interwebs is that downloads are slow at the moment, and likely will be until some mirrors go up. Not enough of a (temporary) deterrent for you? Head on over to CMHQ, navigate to your device of choice, and flash away, friends.

One friendly reminder for those of you planning on flashing/upgrading: you may have issues after updating from a previous ROM or earlier version of CM. If you do, try backing up with Titanium and wiping dalvik and cache.

[Source: CyanogenMod, CM Changelog via Ali Waqas]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://damhamaza.com Azam

    not ready yet for htc wildfire...

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Thanks, post updated :)

  • Cory

    How do I download this app? I don't see it in the app market,i just see things that go with it. Please help

  • David Bidorff

    As for the Drunk Mode, it was never planned to be in CyanogenMod 6.1: the feature was not uploaded yet when the feature list for this version was frozen. But be patient: I'll be working on the last features in the next few weeks and I have good hope that it will be integrated into Cyanogen's next release.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Awesome, thanks for clarifying!

  • Cedric

    and sadly still no Exchange security fixes... Still not usable for Enterprise customer...

  • Ty

    and sadly the evo 4g is left out...or should be. cant really call something final when 4G doesnt work on the evo!

  • Inspektor gadget

    Sadly, the google apps file is corrupt on download in rom manager again. This is the same thing that happened when 6.0 stable came out. Dont chime in about installing another way to me. I PAID for Rom manager premium and IT SHOULD WORK!

  • Chris

    Installing that shiznitt right now. I figure I'll be waiting at least a few weeks for Gingerbread anyways.

  • Joe

    Guess Cyan & Co. got this release out JUST in time...now its time for them to get to work on the Gingerbread version (which is now being rolled out to Nexus One owners at this very moment!)

  • ewoks

    any experience with Samsung Galaxy S? I'm mostly interested in battery life?! 10q and congrats to developers.. ;)

    Keep doing it we will appreciate and donate ;)