The team of developers behind the CyanogenMod software announced yesterday that their CyanogenMod 9 release has reached gold status. The first CyanogenMod 9 stable builds had already been made available for download, starting with the ROM for the GSM Galaxy Nexus. However, that initial rom for the GNex was not meant for public release. The team notes that a new maguro build, marked 18.104.22.168, was set for release in line with the other CM 9.0.0 builds. Therefore, the stable version of CyanogenMod9 is now officially official. Keep in mind this essentially means you can go download the Android 4.0-based custom ROM for supporting devices, without having to worry about stability issues with nightlies, beta builds or release candidates.
According to their blog post, the team notes “Builds for CyanogenMod9 stable will be rolling out to our servers tonight. As noted before, this will be the end of the line for the ICS branch of our code; only critical bug fixes will be merged moving forward”. The new release comes with support for a wide range of Ice Cream Sandwich devices. While the focus will shift to CM10, the team will allow enthusiasts from outside to come up with ROMs for more devices. “Tonight’s release is for the majority of our ICS supported devices, the stragglers will catch up, and we will leave the door open for merging in additional devices from maintainers, and internal. The team itself, will focus solely on Jelly Bean and maintenance of the CM 7 codebase” the blog post continues.
For those who have been wondering why the CyanogenMod team continued the development of CM 9, the answer is simple: they didn’t want to leave things incomplete. Their satisfaction comes from achieving their goals, the blog post continues. “This release also serves as a release suitable for the masses, especially those who won’t have 100% functioning releases of CM10 immediately or are averse to anything branded as ‘preview,’ ‘alpha,’ ‘beta’ or ‘nightly,’” the team explains. Along with this release, the CM 9 nightlies have been discontinued. They will be replaced with nightly builds for the Jelly Bean-based CM10, and specific info on when these builds become available will be provided soon.
To check if CM9 stable is currently available for your phone, check the link to the blog below.