The latest version of Android's most popular custom ROM, CyanogenMod, is now available for most of the officially supported Android phones on the CyanogenMod device list. If you know your device's codename, you can download a .zip of the flashable ROM from this page. If you do it that way, be sure you have a copy of the Google Apps zip floating around somewhere - as you'll need to flash it directly after the ROM.

If you don't know your device's name, no worries - just install the ROM Manager app (and ClockworkMod recovery, if you don't have it) on your rooted and unlocked handset and get flashing. Notably, the Motorola DROID X is absent from the list of release devices.

I've pasted the changelog below, but really, if you've been using CyanogenMod 7 for a while now, the only really big change is the bump to Android 2.3.4 (from 2.3.3) - which contains numerous security and bug fixes.


  • 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

Thanks, DrMacinyasha!

[Source: CyanogenMod]

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • DJ suMo

    Is this better than the nightly build for the G2x?? The Gingerbread leak is pretty solid.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      RC is meant to be more stable and feature frozen. Nightlies will likely have more bleeding edge code, which is probably more buggy as well. RC will go through a few iterations and evolve into stable in a few days/weeks.

      • DJ suMo

        Thanks, man. I'll give it a spin!

  • http://goo-inside.me DrMacinyasha

    The GApps and CyanogenMod are both available through ROM Manager. Just make sure to check the "Google Apps" add-on in RM when you download RC1. The current pack is 20110613. It does not have Talk with video chat, though.


    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks, D. Out of curiosity, is CM going to support video chat in gTalk with the 7.1 release (or at all)?

      • http://goo-inside.me DrMacinyasha

        If a version of Talk and its library comes out (via a new device or OTA) which works also on non-Neon boards, ARM6, Tegra, etc. without needing to hack the APK or lib, then yes. That's the only thing holding the new Talk from being added.

  • TA

    Hopefully someone more familiar with CM updates can help me with this. I'm running CM on my Evo, and it's fine, but this is the first CM I've put on there. Is it possible to upgrade to a Release Candidate, or a new Stable version once it's out, without losing my apps and data and homescreen arrangements and settings and whatnot?

    • Mark

      Flash without wipes to retain data. Only once in the last 4 months did I get into boot-looping territory, then I had to wipe everything and start again.
      Best support to have if anything goes wrong is a nandroid backup. Titanium Backup has all apps covered, and ADW has backup for homescreen icon and widget layout. CyanogenMod forums are awesome for support too. Will have specific info about your device, sometimes there is a specific protocol to version hopping.

    • http://goo-inside.me DrMacinyasha

      Yup, just open ROM Manager, go to Download ROM>CyanogenMod>7.1.0-RC1>Download. Check "Google Apps" add-on, and once the download is done, check "Backup current ROM" and "Wipe dalvik-cache", then hit OK. It should take off from there.

  • Lucian Armasu

    Android 2.3.4 also brings GTalk video calling, but I guess most of the CM supported phones don't have a front camera anyway.

    • GergS

      We can still use audio chat, which is useful for people without VoIP and are in a no-signal wifi'd area, like my stupid office.

    • http://goo-inside.me DrMacinyasha

      Talk is part of the GApps package, not CyanogenMod. 2.3.x has the FFC API, but the version of Talk that has video chat is only compatible with devices which have a neon board, and ARM7 CPU. See the footer of http://goo-inside.me/gapps for more info.

  • Mo

    For some reason my marketplace doesn't seem to work..it says "android.process" has stopped. Any solutions?