The unstoppable CyanogenMod, Android's most popular custom ROM, is gaining yet another cool feature as of today, which is kind of reminiscent of the exact battery percentage mod that has become one of my favorites.

Starting with tonight's nightlies and future stable releases, those green signal bars ("can you hear me now?") can be replaced with the exact signal strength measurement, in dBm (decibel-milliwatt is an electrical power unit in decibels (dB), referenced to 1 milliwatt (mW)).

Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

While most people will probably opt out of seeing these exact measurements, the inner geek in me is going to root for this option as soon as it becomes available.

If you're wondering what it's going to look like, feast your eyes on this:


Mobile geeks, what say you?

Source: CM [1] [2], @romanbb, thanks DrMacinyasha!

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  • Joe

    I think Cyan actually had this option quite a while back, as I specifically remember using it and then later on switching back. I'm actually thinking it was available in CM6, if I'm not mistaken. But I am a long time CM user and I have most definitely used it before.

    • http://goo-inside.me DrMacinyasha

      It was in CM6 but wasn't forward-ported to CM7 until now.

    • John J

      Yep, glad to see it making a return.

    • Anjie

      What happened to sd-ext? no space on my nexus one

  • http://twitter.com/romanbb Roman / birgertime (@romanbb)

    Just to be clear, that screenshot is from my own ROM, which is further customized to allow colors and more tweaks.

    Just don't want any confusion :)

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

      Thanks for the clarification. The important bit looks the same though, right?

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  • matt

    I miss flashing nightlies so bad! Cant wait for evo3d to get the worlds fastest rom on this bad boy.

  • SiliconAddict

    Meanwhile it can't keep from making my EVO freeze up twice a week, can't keeps WIFI from dropping, can't get GPS to work without this hack http://forum.cyanogenmod.com/topic/17411-evo-gps-fix

    In short CM is a feature rich, buggy POS. It would be nice if they would take the time to stabilize it before throwing new features at it left and right. And don't tell me its just my device. I've had GPS issues with CM as long ago as my G1.

    • derk

      i have no issues. if you dont like it, dont use it. its a BETA. if you can do roms better, then by all means.

  • curious

    Is there an app that does this available somewhere? All I can find are widgets. Much appreciated.

  • Pathogen

    Wow, G1 had gps issues on stock roms. On my n1 I go a week without rebooting with CM nightlies. Only reason I do reboot is to flash a week newer's nightly. It's funny, half a million CM users you would think that there would be quite a bit more complaining.

    @anjie, On xda you can find apps2ext. It works fine on the n1. Don't expect to ever see it from CM again until a menu based version is built again.