It’s been a few weeks since Google released the Ice Cream Sandwich source code to the public, and as you know, developers have already started work on making it usable on most Android phones. The CyanogenMod team, the folks behind one of the most popular custom ROMs around, have posted an update on the official CyanogenMod blog to inform the public of its progress with the port.
Things are going pretty well, though it’s going to take awhile to reach all supported devices. According to the post, Google has added a lot of new features in Ice Cream Sandwich which replaces or deprecates certain functionality that was available in the previous version of CyanogenMod (CM7) so they’ll be reevaluating all their customizations. Like I previously mentioned in the Ice Cream Sandwich launch post, a lot of new features in Ice Cream Sandwich are available in current versions of Android running custom launchers (i.e. ADW/Launcher Pro), so having ICS means there won’t be a need for those custom launchers anymore.
The first devices that will be getting CyanogenMod 9 (CM9) – besides the Nexus S – will be devices based on OMAP4, MSM8860/7X30, and Exynos processors. But the team has mentioned that they plan to support devices all the way back to the Nexus One. Unfortunately for Droid 1 owners – CM9 won’t be available for you guys.
No ETA has been mentioned for when we’ll start to see the first stable build of CM9, but you can stay tuned to the CyanogenMod blog for more details (follow the source link).
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