Last Updated: March 2nd, 2012

Just under a week after receiving almost unprecedented support from the Android community to fund the purchase of new build servers, the CM team has begun pumping out CM9 nightlies for a handful of devices. There's no question - the CM team is moving quickly, and the release of so many nightlies in such a short time span is exciting, to say the least.

Koushik Dutta, in a Google+ post earlier this evening, expressed appreciation, confirming that CyanogenMod "was able to purchase 3 top of the line, ridiculously geared, build servers," which will soon have an automatic build schedule. Dutta also indicated that CM7 nightly builds will be up and running again soon.

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.

Among the devices in the first round of CM9 nightlies are the Galaxy Nexus (both GSM and CDMA), Nexus S (GSM and CDMA), and Motorola Xoom (Wi-Fi and LTE). Dutta also explains that curious users can track build progress using the Jenkins Status page.

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If you've been waiting (like all of us) to get your hands on CM9, and own one of the devices above, just hit the appropriate link and grab the download. Judging by the speed at which the team pushed out the first round of nightly builds though, the rest of us shouldn't have too long to wait.

Source: CM via Google+

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  • bigrednemo

    This rocks the house fo sho!!!

  • whotookmylogin

    Pure and simple awesomeness.....

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

    Yay for Jenkins!

    And, you know, the nightlies. As a developer, I'm glad to see more tools like Jenkins become part of the build process.

  • RBI411

    Psyched to see Xoom nightlies. Doesn't have the best reputation around because of its launch and the prolonged broken promises, but if anybody can make it what it should have been its the CM team.

    • Kevin

      Peter Alfonso has had Xoom ICS builds out for awhile now. He doesn't support a ton of devices in his one man show but he does great work on the hand full that he does support.

  • chian

    so bad no nexus one

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

      Not yet. Most devices are not being built right now.

      • Umang

        Jenkins site is not opening!

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

          It's up for me.

  • bigrednemo

    Already installed. Gonna have a fun night exploring!

  • Nick

    I'm disappointed...but what can you expect from build 1 lol

  • Calvin

    leroy jenkins! Yeah «hell yeah»

  • Tim


    Can anyone guide me how to see what nightlies are available all on one page, and their download links? Cyanogenmod.com is just showing ages old posts and outdated links for devices. I wonder why the site seems to be an afterthought. I don't want to hunt 30 different forums on XDA to find out which is the REAL CM nightly.

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

      Hit up the source link at the bottom of the article.

  • John

    Artem(or anyone else), have you flashed the toro build (assuming you have one of those phones) yet?

    If so, what are your thoughts? I'm aware the camera doesn't work & it's really just meant for other devs to explore/do whatever..so just wondering..

    • Kevin

      I haven't played around with it yet but I noticed I'm missing GAPPS. I know a few developers have started making it a separate download but I didn't see it anywhere. Any help? It never asked me to sign in and the market is missing and all of that.

      • John

        Ya. CM doesn't package GAPPS with their builds - due to legal reasons. IIRC, you can just flash the signed ones from: http://goo-inside.me/gapps

        So try flashing this: http://goo-inside.me/gapps/gapps-ics-20120215-signed.zip

      • Joshua

        You have to flash Gapps seperately from recovery. The AOKP threads will have a Gapps download if you don't see one from CyanogenMod's site.

        Remember that this will only give you the apps that can't be installed from the Market, like the Market itself. Most apps (Gmail, YouTube, Music, etc. will have to be downloaded on your own).

        • Kevin

          Awesome, Thanks! I'll look into it. I've got BootManager so I'm no a reboot away from running 4 different roms. AOKP, Pete's BuglessBeast, CM9, Stock Rooted 4.04. I don't really have much use for it but it's pretty sweet.

  • Goku

    Have they incorporated OnSkreen into their builds yet?

    • GergS

      No, and that is still at least a few months off.

  • teuntje

    What is a nightlies exacly? I know the rom's of cyanogenmod, but i don't know this.

    • John

      Many open-source projects do one build a day when they take all the code that's been checked in over the past 24 hours and attempt to build it into a single release. If a project is under active, aggressive development by lots of developers and does only a single daily build, it's common for those builds to fail unless everyone literally drops everything and bends over backwards for a day or three to MAKE it work. They're called "nightlies" because they tend to get built late at night... after everyone has finished for the day.

  • strra

    I feel cyanogenmod is still very early in the dev process. After flashing nightly 1 on my ns4g, I an underwhelmed and see they have a lot of catching up to do.
    I honestly anxiously await the day they do, though, because up to my latest round of devices, CyanogenMod is all I ran.

  • Nodeswitch

    Has anyone with a european Xoom given this a go?

    I know that there are different release schedules between the EU and US versions of the Xoom, so wasn't sure if they require different versions.

  • Kree

    Awesome!!! Although they have quite a lot on their plate if they wanna top AOKP :P

  • Dan

    Anyone know if this includes Gapps? if not whats the current version to overlay to ICS 4.0.3?

    • Dan

      Oh I just read it was already answered above*face-palm*

  • Esti Peleg

    Hai to every one
    I'm steel waiting for ICS Android 4 for Galaxi ll .
    I am from Israel.
    Please reply with an answer when will be Ice Cream Sandwich on mg Galaxi ll.