Galaxy Note and Nexus 7 get CyanogenMod 10 preview
| by Karan Shah |
Everyone’s favourite phablet, the Galaxy Note has got the CyanogenMod 10 preview by XDA developer XpLoDWilD. As described by XpLoDWilD, “This is a Preview: CyanogenMod 10 is nowhere near ready to be used as a daily driver (lots of features still have to be merged)”. Those wanting to get an early preview of CyanogenMod 10 should head over to the ROM thread here.
Also, CyanogenMod's Google+ posting has some good news for the Nexus 7. CM 10 preview build is available for the Nexus 7, and there is some cool stuff such as themes and notification drawer toggles. The ROM can be downloaded from here. All other download related details are available here.
Like the previous one, this ROM is experimental. Some things may be broken, so you’ll have to flash it at your own risk. In related news, Team CyanogenMod have released an early preview of CyanogenMod 10 ROM for Galaxy S III users. You can download it here. Do remember however, that this is just an early build and there are a lot of little bugs and glitches in the ROM. So you might not want to use it as a daily ROM. All the instructions are posted along with the download, and if you’ve rooted or flashed a custom ROM in the past, it’s pretty straight forward. CyanogenMod 10 is currently supported by the international version of the S III as well as the US-based carrier locked ones, which feature Qualcomm’s Krait SoC. So ensure you download the right package for your phone.
While this early preview is a promising start, we don’t expect a stable version to come out any time soon, not until the team releases a stable CM 9 ROM. Earlier this month, the team posted an update on Google+ that outlines the progress of the build, and the likely release date. In a nutshell, they’ll begin work on CM 10, once they are able to release a stable build of CM 9. The team has also confirmed that porting ‘Project Butter’ over to other devices shouldn’t be much of an issue. While there might be some breakage in existing libs, there’s nothing that a small hack won’t fix. Also, building a CM 10 ROM shouldn’t take as long as CM 9, since Jelly Bean is just a tweaked version of the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system. One of the reasons why it’s taking so long to build a stable CM 9 ROM is that they started from scratch with CM 9. Since ICS was a major overhaul over Gingerbread, the team decided to rewrite all the enhancements from ground up. This prolonged the development cycle, but the end result should be worth waiting for. For CM 10, they just have to incorporate the new code into CM 9, which should be a painless process.
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