CyanogenMod team releases another CM9 progress report

CyanogenMod team releases another CM9 progress report
Long-time users of CyanogenMod are used to seeing a new version released shortly after the code is deposited to AOSP. That usually places CM users on the latest version of Android weeks, if not months, ahead of all non-Nexus Android phones. This time has turned out to be a bit different, and the CM team posted an explanation on their website today.

The biggest factor seems to be the huge jump in the code base between Gingerbread (Android 2.3) and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). The CM team indicates that they more or less started from scratch with the ICS build of CyanogenMod (CM9), and have been porting their CM7 customized tools to the ICS code.

While this process takes longer, it’s also allowed them to rethink each step in the process – an example is they will be eliminated the CMParts app, instead they will be exposing the custom features directly inside the main settings menus.

The CM team also is embracing a more user-driven UX, trying to make many of the features “just work”. They felt that CM7 was unduly complicated, with many obscure options that were rarely put to use. Now they feel they are striking a better balance between user customization and a really good out-of-the-box experience.  The result should feel like CM9 was intended to ship on your phone, rather than an open source OS that was hacked in at a later point.

So there is a lot to look forward to, it’s just not happening as fast as some people came to expect during previous builds. Not that the CM team expects to be late to the party, they just won’t be as early as they have been. Or as they put it: “As much as we’d like to stay ahead of the manufacturers, it may be a tie this time.”

source: CyanogenMod

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14 Comments

1. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

MIUI is the winner of android custom roms

2. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

vs. what other ROMs and why?

5. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I'm an android fanboy. A fanboy for a cause. The UI. The android UI. Be it TouchWiz, Sense, Xperia UI, or whatever it is, We are one. MIUI takes you back to the iWorld.CM9. CM all the way.

3. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

MIUI is good but are they working on ICS?

4. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

They had already released ICS port, a stable one, a long time ago.

6. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Far as i remember they only used the ICS framework and nothing else. That cannot be called an ICS ROM.

8. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Exactly...they plugged-in some parts of ICS...I am looking for stock ICS build.

10. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

Actually yes. They mentioned an alpha release for MIUI 4 (aka ics) on their twitter page. Theyre holding a poll for which device should be third in line for the port. Its probably going to be the GSII next.

7. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Exactly :)

9. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

Isn't MIUI based on CM? Its an okay ROM but it drains battery too fast for my taste. And the themes are cool but I can't stand looking at Chinese writing. Miui looks better with a launcher like launcher pro or adw but that kind of defeats the purpose of using miui. A lot of people use miui to replicate the feeling of iOS but I bought an android phone to get a pure android experience or else I would have bought an iPhone.

11. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

no mention of tegra 2 or the g2x... i dont want to wait for an official build for ics... ;

12. thelegend6657 unregistered

Love to see cm9 running on the Nokia n9

13. SleepingOz unregistered

so you basically want Android on your Nokia?

14. dsmj24

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 08, 2012

teamhacksung's CM9 on captivate works, thanks xda

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