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Cyanogenmod 10.1 RC1 Starts To Roll Out To Devices Near You 124

New submitter Noitatsidem writes "Good news for Cyanogenmod users, according to their blog it looks like 10.1 is nearing its stable release. 'We haven't used the "Release Candidate" nomenclature since the ICS days, but we feel the 10.1 branch is quickly approaching the point where a "final" build is due. To prepare for that eventuality, RC1 builds for CyanogenMod 10.1.0 are now landing on our servers! This will be one of (if not the last) milestone releases before a 10.1.0 is pushed out. These builds will appear as they complete the build process and, as always, you can download the builds via!' Android Police speculates that this is due in part to the rumored release announcement of Android 4.3 given at Google I/O 2013 which is taking place in (now) less than one week. Looks like the Android community will have a lot to talk about in coming days!"
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Cyanogenmod 10.1 RC1 Starts To Roll Out To Devices Near You

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Been running 4.2.2 on my samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 since i bought it. Fantastic and always been very stable.

    • by keneng ( 1211114 )

      while you're at it, install the f-droid and lildebi android apps. This will permit to install full debian onto your cyanogen. After that you can install golang into your debian.

  • by jez9999 ( 618189 ) on Friday May 10, 2013 @08:22PM (#43690985) Homepage Journal

    My device (HTC Desire S) still only has "official" support for Cyanogenmod 7. Slightly out of date, I'd say. Actually, most devices aren't going to get CM10 for a long time, if ever. Just a few ones the devs happen to like.

    • by alen ( 225700 ) on Friday May 10, 2013 @08:28PM (#43691043)

      How old is the desire s now?

      Smartphones age in dog years

      • by oergiR ( 992541 )

        Android 4.0 runs fine on the Desire S with the ROM from HTCDev.

        The surprising thing here is that HTC has actually supported the phone for longer than Cyanogenmod.

    • by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Friday May 10, 2013 @08:49PM (#43691211)

      Cyanogenmod is its own flavor of android. If your particular phone has been modified in such ways that it needs a special flavor of android to work (and granted, most do in the US) then you will need a special flavor of Cyanogenmod. This is not the CM communities problem, nor are they the ones working on your port. Getting it to work on your phone likely isn't nearly as complicated as you think it is (I had to hack one together myself) though you risk bricking your phone if you're not careful. There are less deadly mistakes as well, like getting the modem or media texting screwed up and not realizing that your boss has been trying to call you for 2 days strait. But you can do it yourself if you want.

      Your best bet is to buy a phone that doesn't have a contract and has vanilla android on it. Then you wont need these special builds.

    • My device (HTC Desire S) still only has "official" support for Cyanogenmod 7.

      So? My device (SEMC Xperia Play) has lagging official support, but the FreeXperia project provides fairly high-quality CM releases for the Xperia range... Doesn't your Desire S? And if not, why not? Doesn't anyone care?

      I snark this as a prior owner of an HTC Raphael 110. It was possible to boot GB on it (via "GBX" project) but it was pretty lousy even though in theory performance ought to have been acceptable. But, I sold it on eBay for $50 (buy it now, I might have been able to get more!) and I bought my X

    • The Desire S was not a very popular smartphone. The Galaxy S is older and supported.

    • by DrXym ( 126579 )
      More likely it's the devices that devs own and reasonably expect the os to work on. It'd be nice to sport CM10 on my HTC desire but if it's even possible I suspect it would be impossibly tight and would still necessitate smearing firmware across an SD partition.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      That's not the fault of the folks at CM though. Android massively jumped in install size between 2.3 and 4.0.

      The on board Flash on the Desire S was cramped for installing apps on 2.3, it simply can't fit 4.0

    • Cyanogenmod isn't the only custom rom out there though. Looks like there are a few jellybean-based roms out there for you [].
    • That's why there's unofficial ports around =P

  • I've been running 10.1 experimental on my HP TouchPad for a while and it's been fairly stable. Can't wait for the RC! My company has resurrected about two dozen TouchPads thanks to Cyanogenmod. Ghu love the folks who put their time and effort into this project!

  • CM specific - Some of the release canidates suffered from echos during calls, poor mic pick up. If you notice the other party on your call having problems hearing you speak it's a known issue on some devices.

    Stability and battery life have been very good w/ recent CM 10.1 RCs.

    This isn't unique to Cycanogenmod but I HATE how JB handles Wallpapers now. Whatever image you pick is cropped in the shape of a "t". WTF? There's live wallpaper apps that workaround this, but it's a stupid change. BOOOOooooo.....

    • Try Quickpic (free on google play) not only is it the best image viewer I've used, it also has it's own set as wallpaper feature that lets you crop images as a standard rectangle, or you can use Nova launcher (also free on play) which will let you set wallpapers as the standard T or as a square.
  • I have a Galaxy Tab 2 and there's about 50 different cookbook methods for installing CM, none of which work.

    • Have you tried using Odin yet? It was the only way I could get my T-999 S3 to take Cyanogenmod.
      • I've had nothing but great experiences using Odin. Of course, I've also grown to love the ROM Manager app, which allows me to keep CWM up to date (I got the premium version for CWM touch, which I've grown to love)

  • by kelemvor4 ( 1980226 ) on Friday May 10, 2013 @11:29PM (#43692253)
    I wish some company would just sell a phone with cyanogen on it stock.
    • Just buy the current Nexus (in this case, the Nexu 4) phone. CyanogenMod is pretty much tweaked stock Android, which is exactly what you get on a Nexus, and the CM team develops on the current flagship Nexus, so you'll be getting the latest CM versions for as long as possible, and installation of CM on a Nexus is easy as pie.

    • I wish phone companies would sell a phone with stable firmware. I bought an LG Optimus 2x, and my phone crashed 10 minutes after I turned on the phone for the first time. Also, there was a memory leak, where the phone slowed to a crawl if it wasn't rebooted after a few days. But luckily, the frequent crashes meant that the phone wouldn't make it past a few days without a reboot anyway. Without CM, I would have bought a Samsung by now.
    • by Threni ( 635302 )

      I wish Samsung would release docs/source for the Exynos varieties of the Galaxy S3 so Cyanogenmod on it wasn't such a woeful experience.

  • by aussersterne ( 212916 ) on Saturday May 11, 2013 @12:16AM (#43692473) Homepage

    I switched to Android from iOS earlier this year specifically to get a bigger screen and widgets (Galaxy Note).

    The Samsung ROM was horrifically slow and ugly and filled with unremovable apps I didn't want, plus it contacted the AT&T mothership constantly even though I don't use AT&T and the phone is unlocked.

    So I downloaded a CM10.1 experimental build. It was guaranteed to spontaneously reboot during the first 5-10 second of any placed or received call.

    So I wiped and downgraded to CM10 stable. This one lets me make calls, but randomly reboots at least half a dozen times a day.

    My first experience with Android phones (and it has been expensive in terms of learning curve to get rooted/installed) has not been pleasing. Android may be more flexible, offer larger screen devices, and have more active hacking community surrounding it, but first and foremost, I want to be able to rely on my device.

    I'm now trying to decide whether to revert back to the Samsung ROM (Jelly Bean was finally just released for the i717 on the 3rd) and see if that restores the stability of the original Samsung ROM (though no doubt it will also restore the ugliness, slowness, and bloat) or try out a CM10.1 nightly...or just sell the device and get another iPhone and jailbreak it, even without widgets and a big screen.

    I should say that my experience with cheap-ass Android tablets from China has been much better. They run stock and are stable and fast. But the phone thing is killing me.

    • It took me 3 hours to root and install Cyanogenmod with no prior knowledge on how to do so. I did soft brick my phone 3 times in the process though. The only thing I can think to ask is if you're using the right build. There could be a ton if different models under the same name. There are at least 6 models of the GS3.
      • in my world. I don't have three hours to spend on my phone during any given fiscal quarter, much less any given day. Maybe I could dedicate three hours a year to phone maintenance, but it's seriously a problem for Android.

        I'm using the i717 builds of CM. Just reverted back to CM10.1 RC1 and it seems relatively stable—but the lag is awful.

        Still not particularly happy w/Android...

    • by Threni ( 635302 )

      Depends on your budget/requirements. Why not get an S3/S4 or Nexus 4? I've stopped playing with Cyanogenmod because I have an S3 which a) isn't supported very well by Cyanogenmod, but more importantly b) doesn't need a replacement OS. The Nexus 4 is plain Android, but it's plain Android 4 which is great, and you'll get any updates first. But Android is more or less done now - once you're on some flavour of 4 (4.1/4.2) you're good to go. Fragmentation/worrying about rooting/bricking etc is only a probl

      • was to get the phablet size—it was between an iPad Mini with calls using Talkatone and the Galaxy Note series. I went "small" w/the Note series...but I'm within a week or two of just chucking it on eBay and getting the iPad Mini after all.

    • by horza ( 87255 )

      I have a Galaxy Note2, and rooting it was as simple as double clicking on a file. Took me 1 minute. Installing a new rom took me a good 5 minutes. There are plenty of sites for this like this one []. I really enjoy my custom rom, it's called du@lNote [], never had a random reboot ever. Or if you want something simple there is CleanROM []. There is a good lists here [].


      • Sure, it takes a minute or two to actually install a ROM, but the time spent crawling Teh Google just to learn what the Android ecosystem looks like (i.e. that there is something called CyanogenMod, and where to get it, and so on) is expensive. Increases exponentially if you want to look at other ROMs.

        People keep saying "try another ROM" and all that kind of stuff, but just finding download links is like playing 'net tag. I don't have (or want to have) the time for this nonsense.

        If there was a single source

    • It really is a shame and is somewhat the fault of the massive ecosystem. When you have hundreds of devices you attempt to support from a small community you ultimately end up with bugs. I would suggest not giving up. For your sad story of an unreliable phone there have been hundreds of perfectly happy Android users. If you stick to the most popular devices with a very standard set of hardware (Samsung Galaxy Series, or Nexus devices) you ultimately end up with quite a reliable device. I ran early nightly al

      • And while it's not rebooting, CM10 on the i717 is pretty sweet. But the damned thing needs to work.

        When you're on the phone to international clients, you don't want spontaneous reboots and callbacks. It's just not good business.

        I need a phone to work. So far, Android is not fitting the bill. But there's another week or two of patience left in me. We'll see how CM10.1 RC1 does, though so far it's laggy as hell.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      first and foremost, I want to be able to rely on my device.

      Congratulations. You have discovered why iOS devices are so popular. They "just work".

      • Lol, tell that to the people complaining about the whole "X stopped working after iTunes made me install update Y" which has been plaguing iOS devices the past few months.

      • You have discovered why iOS devices are so popular. They "only just work, and even then only if you hold them right".


        • by putting on a bumper, there would be a much greater chance of me keeping it.

          As it is, I have a case on it, but it drops calls anyway and I can't even do an immediate callback because for the first minute it's busy booting.

          You could make the case that there's a parallel there, but the difference is in the degrees.

      • just works, but without the features that I want, vs. the features that I want that just don't work. :-P

        I said in a comment in another story that I wish the universe would cough up a marriage of the iOS ecosystem and the Android ecosystem—all of the features, all of the stability.

        For very sound empirical reasons, this is unlikely to happen. But good to dream.

    • I've had nothing but good experiences with even the more recent CM 10.1 nightlies on my Galaxy S3, the RC builds are definitely stable enough for day to day use (at least on the GS3, although I don't see why the Note would suffer from any major bugs this far along in development - I used to have similar issues to what you described with the rebooting during calls, for me at least these were resolved long ago).

      • The random reboots in the supposedly stable CM10 were what really bugged me. Wiped the phone completely, including all caches, etc. before installing.

        Sometimes I'd be working at the desk and see it reboot 5 or 6 times over an afternoon, just sitting there. Not good.

        Have CM10.1 RC1 installed now, and it hasn't rebooted on me once, but the UI speed is horrible compared to CM10. Blah.

    • The Samsung ROM was horrifically slow and ugly and filled with unremovable apps I didn't want, plus it contacted the AT&T mothership constantly even though I don't use AT&T and the phone is unlocked.

      So I wiped and downgraded to CM10 stable. This one lets me make calls, but randomly reboots at least half a dozen times a day.

      I assume you are talking about the AT&T Galaxy Note using the quincyatt rom.

      The Jelly Bean versions all have severe issues, especially with the camera app; however, if you go to XDA developers forums and use a custom ROM based off of CM 10, you should be okay.

      For myself, ICS was the most stable version... but even then, I had some really tough times until I upgraded the modem firmware.

      If you are having rebooting issues, try doing a full wipe (including /system) through TWRP and then fresh installing (do

      • This may be the most useful response I've had yet about the phone.

        Unfortunately, it's still within the context of the Android ecosystem. My search on Teh Google for "Blackstar ROM" does not turn up info or a link for the canonical latest version, just a lot of spamsite references that don't tell me what's the latest, who puts the ROM out, etc.

        Got any links?

  • I can't find a download for my trusty old SGS2. Am I beeing dense or does it not exist?
  • I am currently running CM10 on my HTC One S. The main problem that I have noticed is the battery drain that my phone has with CM10 Stable.

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