Cyanogen 7.1 goes stable for 68 devices

Cyanogen 7.1 goes stable for 68 devices
Good news for the Android root crew, Cyanogen 7.1 is now a stable release. Cyanogen is the big name in custom Android ROMs because it has an extensive developer team including translators for various languages, great features, and a long list of compatible devices. Cyanogen 7.1 shows off all of those strengths. 

Under the hood, Cyanogen 7.1 has updated the base Android version to 2.3.7, meaning it gets all of the bug fixes that Google has been pushing out, and has updated the kernel to 2.6.37.6. There are also new Cyanogen features to enjoy like: Bluetooth mouse support, the ability to revoke app permissions, touch-to-focus in the camera app, and screenshots via the power menu. There are a bunch more features added, which you can find in the changelog. Also, if you want to try it out, there is also experimental support for Google Talk video chat, which even works on phones without front-facing cameras. We tried it out on a Nexus One, and it worked well aside from having to choose to see the person we were chatting with or letting them see us, since the N1 has no front camera. 

As we mentioned Cyanogen 7.1 is available for 68 devices, though not all are stable releases. The newly included devices supported include the entire line of Xperia devices; HTC Desire S, Incredible S, and Incredible 2; LG Optimus 2X and T-Mobile G2x; Motorola Backflip, Cliq / Cliq XT, Defy, DROID 2, and DROID X; Samsung Captivate, Fascinate, Mesmerize, Showcase, Vibrant, Galaxy S and Galaxy S2, and the ZTE V9. 

The Cyanogen team has also announced that the next version will be Cyanogen 9, because the Honeycomb code will not be made public, so they will be skipping over Cyanogen 8 and go straight to 9, which will be based on Ice Cream Sandwich.

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17 Comments

1. ikjoiu

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 09, 2011

im new to android but i always wonder what does cyanogen do?

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Cyanogen is a custom ROM which adds features to stock Android. The main drawing points for it are that it removes bloatware and manufacturer skins from devices, and also tends to push OS updates faster and to more devices than manufacturers usually do. For example, as noted in the article, the Motorola Cliq is supported with Cyanogen 7.1, and this would be the only way to get Gingerbread, because Motorola won't be bothering to push the update to that handset.

6. ikjoiu

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 09, 2011

ohh i see thanks for replying.

9. sethyvball

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Do you know any websites that show you how to do this? Ive been trying for hours but the instructions on some websites are so confusing.

12. XrandomdroidX

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 03, 2011

xda developers would be my best bet

2. Zoenphlux

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

Free's your mind.

3. Zoenphlux

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

come on touchpad!

4. jbrown187

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 09, 2011

Cyanogen replaces your stock firmware, freeing your device from bloatware and adding lots of extra features.

7. digitalfreak

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 07, 2010

Quick question...if I flash this ROM or any other custom ROM, can I go back and get my apps that I have already paid for once without paying again? How does the market know it is my device...from my gmail login? Thanks,

8. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

It goes off your account not your phone, so you should be fine.

10. rob unregistered

wish they didn't pass over Samsung infuse :{

11. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

finaalllyyy cynogen mod for htc desire s :D now y dont they add official support to it...

13. prometheus unregistered

how about the samsung epic?

14. mhoz21

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

new to android too....so how will i get this update for my S2?

15. ACI unregistered

Hi All! I had Android phone, some time ago and recently got a used Nexus S. I comes clean with no bloatware, at least I didn't see any. So all I wanted to do is install app that overclocks CPU and that is it. Do I need root only or I will have to get this custom ROM? Thanks

16. dacastrator

Posts: 232; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Seriously ? No Desire HD stable release ?

17. BenCjamin

Posts: 80; Member since: May 13, 2011

Cyanogen just noted that 7.1 build for SGSII is no longer considered stable because of the various bugs it had.

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