If you are an Android user, and have crossed over to the dark side by taking the plunge towards rooting your device and installing a custom recovery, you are no doubt familiar with CyanogenMod. For the uninitiated, CyanogenMod is a highly customized open-source aftermarket firmware build which includes various features, tweaks and enhancements not otherwise found on stock factory firmware. It is officially available for various phones and tablets which run the Android OS.
Features supported by CyanogenMod include native theming support with a huge repository of fan-submitted themes, native FLAC audio codec support, a large APN list, an OpenVPN client, an enhanced reboot menu, support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB tethering, CPU overclocking and other performance enhancements, soft buttons and other “tablet UI tweaks”, toggles in the notification pull-down (such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS), app permissions management, as well as other interface enhancements. According to its developers, CyanogenMod does not contain any bloat and is also considered to increase performance and reliability as against official stock firmware releases.
The latest version of CyanogenMod is CM10.1 which was hitherto based on Android 4.2.1. With Google releasing the source codes for Android 4.2.2, which was released out to select Nexus devices a couple of weeks ago, the CM team has now released an M2 build of CM10.1 which is based on Android 4.2.2. An CyanogenMod M build is a monthly release which sits somewhere between a nightly build (which is updated everyday) and a full-fledged release candidate (which is considered to be a final stable firmware build that can be used as a daily driver). An M build is typically a lot more stable than a nightly, but might contain the odd kink which is yet to be ironed out before it evolves into a release candidate.
Yesterday, the CyanogenMod Team has released a bunch of brand new M builds for over 20 devices, and the builds are live on their download servers, in case you want to get a taste of 4.2.2 goodness combined with the customizability of CM10.1. Here’s the list of officially supported devices for the CM10.1 M2 builds.
- Acer Iconia a700
- Google Nexus S (crespo, crespo4g)
- Google Nexus 7 (grouper, tilapia)
- Google Galaxy Nexus (toro, toroplus, maguro)
- Google Nexus 4 (mako)
- Google Nexus 10 (manta)
- Google Nexus Q (steelhead)
- Hardkernel Odroid-U2
- HTC One X (evita)
- HTC Incredible 4G LTE (fireball)
- HTC Evo 4G LTE (jewel)
- HTC One S (ville)
- LG Nitro HD (p930)
- LG Optimus LTE (su640)
- LG Spectrum (vs920)
- Samsung Galaxy S (captivatemtd, galaxysbmtd, galaxysmtd, epicmtd)
- Samsung Galaxy SII (i9100g, hercules, skyrocket)
- Samsung Galaxy SIII (US variants d2att, d2cri, d2mtr, d2spr, d2tmo, d2vzw)
- Samsung Note (quincytmo, quincyatt)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (p3100, p3110)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (p5100, p5110)
As you can see from the list, the core number of supported devices may be 20, but if you consider the fact that quite a few of these devices have multiple variants, that increases the number of supported devices considerably. Plus there are several other popular devices, which you may not see in this list, which are still being worked on, and will get added to this list soon enough.
Check out some screenshots to get a feel of the kind of additional customization options that come with CM10.1. These are from an unofficial CM10.1 4.2.2 based build that I’m currently using on my Nexus 7 tablet, but the official M2 would be pretty much the same.
So if you see your device listed in the list above, and are up for some vanilla Android 4.2.2 goodness with tons of customization options and performance enhancements tweaks, go ahead and try out the latest CM10.1 M2 build for your Android device, and I can guarantee it that you won’t be disappointed. You do need to be rooted and have a custom recovery installed on your device though, before you flash this. The downloads are live on the CyanogenMod servers, and you’ll be able to identify the latest builds by the cm-10.1-M2 tags. And if you want to share your CM 10.1 M2 experience with us, hit us up in comments below.