Steve Kondik (aka Cyanogen) put out a public update to the situation with CyanogenMod 9 earlier today, and revealed a few interesting tidbits about Team Douche's progress. Here's a few excerpts we thought were particularly important:

Android 4.0 contains many internal changes that require updated graphics drivers. Unfortunately, these drivers are almost always closed-source and don’t appear until a device or devkit is released with them. For many devices, our hands are tied...

We’ve eliminated the CMParts app, instead choosing to add our custom features directly into the main settings. We are also taking a “just works” approach when it comes to configuration- CM7 had too many options that just weren’t widely used...

The next devices to show up will likely be a whole array of Samsung phones (Exynos chipset), with devices based on the Qualcomm MSM8660 and 7×30 chipsets to follow. It’s still unclear if we can provide support for the QSD8x50 family of devices (Nexus One, HTC Evo, etc), but the answer almost always turns out to be “yes” for these kinds of things.

... as much as we’d like to stay ahead of the manufacturers, it may be a tie this time.

(emphasis ours)

What do we take from this? CyanogenMod 9 is slowly working its way onto more chipsets, and the Galaxy S II is next on their list. Unfortunately, things may take a bit longer this time around as the team works to revamp CyanogenMod as a whole and basically start from scratch in a lot of areas. Obviously, progress is being made, and hopefully the first official nightlies will start landing soon.


David Ruddock
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  • Greg MG

    *looks at HTC Evo 4G* *sheds tear* *hugs phone*

    • xhazyx

      Support will definitely come... Do not despair
      Even if not officially from CM, someone will port CM9 to the OG Evo

    • http://www.daewootech.net chris

      I think by that time my contract will be up and ill be getting hopefully a lte sprint phone.... lets see which comes first, at least one is ending on 6-3-12....

  • john

    Thanks for the update. CM9 will be worth the wait.

  • matt

    They should just re-release the EVO with a new, dual core processor. Like an HTC iPhone kinda thing...*tear*

    • Aaron

      Wasn't the EVO 3D the follow up?

      • Zac

        God no. The EVO was amazing. My girl has a 3D and the thing blows. They really do need to release a viable successor to the EVO.

        • Joseph R.

          Oh really? I had the Evo4g since launch, and the Evo 3D since January 1st'ish and the 3D is leagues better! You just don't know how to harness the awesomeness that is the 3D. I have tons of 3D H-SBS movies like Inception etc. on my SD card, and tons of 3D games like Asphalt, Nova2, etc. It also has a camera hardbutton that is awesome. It has dual core Snapdragon S3, with 1gb ram, 4gb rom, QHD resolution, glasses free stereoscopic display, and so much more... You are a tool, and your girl has better taste then you.

        • Simon Belmont

          Funny. I've had an EVO 3D since July and I have been very happy with it, but to each his own.

          My wife has an EVO 4G and they have both been great handsets. What blows about it exactly? I got mine mainly for the hardware specifications (dual core CPU, 1GB RAM, qHD screen). Not the 3D.

        • http://twitter.com/iamwillmoody Will

          I disagree. I have owned both the 4G and the 3D, and the 3D is better in just about every way but dev support. And I've been running ICS on my 3D for a couple months now, so...

  • http://cmsjr123.com craig simpson

    Holds my HTC evo 4G. You are not dead yet! Something.g shall save you

  • Dan

    "We are also taking a 'just works' approach when it comes to configuration- CM7 had too many options that just weren’t widely used"
    The two main reasons I, and I presume many others as well, switched to CM after rooting were speed and customisation - as long as 5% of users use a feature, it should stay! Android, and CyanogenMod especially, should be all about choice and customisation! Please keep it that way! :(

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ anonymoose

    Thank you epic CM9 team!

  • http://turbofool.com TurboFool

    The Exynos focus is good news for me, except for the fact that I'm on a CDMA Exynos which probably means I should start crying.

  • Joris

    How about the Galaxy Nexus?
    Any news on that?

    • Tomson

      Joris, they already said it would be supported. It's running ICS already.

  • brandon

    What's the chances for the HTC G2 you think?

    • Supercharger

      The G2's chipset (MSM7x30) is listed, so, yea, hopefully

      • surubutna

        What's SGS (I9000) chipset? And is it one of the mentioned by CM?

        • Langes01x

          The SGS was supported in 7 so it should still be supported with CM9 as well. Of course I could be wrong but it's doubtful that they would just drop support for a popular phone like the SGS.

        • surubutna

          Thanks! I sure hope, I love CM7, and I'm loving the ICS themes to it, so I would love to have the CM9, perfect match :D

  • lortay78

    As much as I hate to lose options, Team Douche has never let me down in the past.

  • Rob

    I think me and my HTC EVO 4G need to be alone. :*(

  • Andrea

    Are there any news about the i9000 Galaxy S yet?

  • Randy W

    My Inspire is only 8 months old but might not get CM9? Oh well guess I'll keep running the aospX 4.0.3 I am running now. Works better every update.

  • Matt Eden

    I've been holding on to my sad Nexus One (sad hardware wise, it is not a pretty sight; software the thing STILL runs amazingly!) for longer than I wanted due to several issues before I buy a Galaxy Nexus...I was hoping some CM9 would make the wait easier! Running MIUI with an ICS theme is....less than optimal.

  • vernon

    what of my htc desire ? :-(

  • http://mobile.twitter.com/dextersgenius Shiv

    Well worth the wait, especially given that a lot of apps still haven't been updated for ICS or have compatibility issues. I'm looking at you, Viber.

  • helikopter

    the samsung galaxy s2 already has an alpha nightly, which has everything working very well except video (recording and playback as well). that's because of codecs and stuff. they have to wait for samsung to release kernel sources, that's why cyanogen says that it's a tie between the team and the manufacturer. as soon as they make it available, cm9 on that phone will be perfect.

  • http://emreflexao.blog.br Cláudio

    I believe that this message was an alert for us: we need to be more active.

    Let's push manufactures to release source code for our phones, or at least, the drivers for them.

  • Shmeezledoo

    For all you out there with the OG Evo, check out @preludedrew, he has a very workable ICS ROM called Evervolv, here's a link to the latest release: http://evervolv.bpcr.biz/Acies/Evervolv-Acies-2.1.0p7-supersonic.zip and gapps:

  • Tim

    I don't understand why the team is saying they're not sure the Evo can be supported, when there's already ICS Evo ROMs out with nearly everything working (mostly 4G is broken, but that's normal for a new ROM).

  • Hal Motley

    I read in an XDA Forum thread that we can't expect a truly stable release until the official vendors (Samsung, Motorola, HTC...) have released their official updates.

    Here is the thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1373619