CyanogenMod 7.1 Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread custom ROM stable build has been released and is now available for download. This CM 7.1 is the official build and is compatible with 68 select Android devices. Originally the stable release was planned for last week, but due to some glitches with automated compiling system, it was held back.
For those who don’t know, CyanogenMod is a custom ROM based on AOSP Android source code and is meant to enhance user experience and provide more functionality on select / compatible Android devices. Recently we covered CyanogenMod features, tips and tricks in detail and you can click here for more CM details.
CyanogenMod Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread custom ROM now supports Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, X10 Mini Pro, Mini, Neo, Play, Ray and Arc. This CM 7.1 release is definitely good news for Sony Ericsson Xperia phone users for sure because their long awaited demand of getting CM on their phones has finally materialized. Apart from the mentioned Sony Ericsson devices, Motorola Droid 2, Droid X, Defy, Samsung Captivate, Fascinate, Mesmerize, Showcase, Vibrant, Galaxy S and Galaxy SI are also now officially supported. The main features of this CyanogenMod 7.1 Final built are:
- Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread baseView in gallery
- Bluetooth Mouse Support
- Enhance Swipe To Clear
- Latest Super User App
- Improved And Fixed DSP Manager
- Option To Notify About Incoming Call In Background When Screen Is On
- Camera Touch To Focus
- WEBP Support
- LED Notification Revamped
- System Wide DNS Cache
- Mute Camera Shutter Option
The features mentioned above are generically compatible with all select Android devices that CyanogenMod supports. However individual phone ./ device features have also been taken care off and you can visit the official CyanogenMod 7 Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread Changelog posted here for more information.
Like all other custom ROMs, CyanogenMod 7.1 also requires your phone to be rooted along with ClockworkMod Recovery installed. In some instances, you might want to flash a compatible radio and kernel in order to flash / install CyanogenMod 7.1 Android 2.3.7 correctly. The easiest method to install any official build of CyanogenMod is through Koush’s ROM Manager app freely available in Android Market. ROM Manager is an all in one tool that allows you to download and flash ROMs, flash recovery on your phone, fix permissions and also carries an option to reboot directly into recovery if you don’t have power menu recovery option.
You can head to the official CyanogenMod 7.1 Release post here and then follow the links provided in that post to get the latest build for your phone. The same post also carries links to instructions and troubleshooting forums.