Monday, 4 April 2011

Ah, yes. CyanogenMod. What is CyanogenMod? Well, basically CyanogenMod is an aftermarket firmware for Android devices. For example, my HTC Desire(CDMA, US Celluar) came in box with the firmware of HTC Sense running on Android 2.1 (Eclair). US Cellular took quite some time to officially release Android 2.2 on the device, but a couple months before they did, I rooted my device and installed CyanogenMod 6.1, which is based on Android 2.2. It was quite nice. Well, as you can possible guess, CyanogenMod 7 runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Right now the offical firmware on this HTC Deisre on US Celluar is HTC Sense UI on Android 2.2. I did try this for a bit, and even though I enjoy the Sense UI, i missed the amount of space for apps. So i went back to CyanogenMod 6.1.1. Then i started playing around with Gingerbread ROMs. I tried CyanogenMod 7 Release Canidate (RC) 2, but found some major bugs. Every time i would restart the device, it would give me an error stating that the SD card is damaged, and must be re-formatted to use. This was a problem. Another thing was the camera. Taking pictures works, but recording 720p videos does not. So, I went to the UltimateDroid ROM, and it seemed to fix all these problems, except, now it had issues downloading certain apps off of the Market. No go. I would try the BlitzRom, which is pretty much out of any beta or RC, and is ready for everyday use, but I am using the Clockworkmod Recovery 3, and the BlitzRom can only install with Clockworkmod Recovery 2. So, I went back to CyanogenMod 6.1.1 and used that for quite a while.

Just today, I thought I would check back in with CyanogenMod. I noticed the RC4 was out! What happened to RC3? I really don't know, and i havent cared to Google that yet. The RC3 isnt even there in the mirrors for downloading. Anyways, i thought i would give CyanogenMod 7 RC4 a try. The install went great, and everything is working good so far. I am also trying out a new launcher, instead of LauncherPro, called GO    Launcher EX and see how i like it.

I haven't had any issue with it yet downloading apps from the Android Market, or any other application store, such as the Amazon Appstore for Android. The video camera also seems to work nice. Another plus is, the camera no longer takes pictures with a strange green tint to them when the flash is on, which is very nice. And i havent run into any issue with the SD card thing.

This is all very good indeed. I have been looking forward to being able to start using Android 2.3 as my daily driver for a while now. And i think CyanogenMod 7 is pretty much there with RC4.

CyanogenMod Website

Devices CyanogenMod Is Available For


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