CyanogenMod is the most popular custom Android ROM available, and has been a long-time favorite of a lot of Android device users, including us. Just moments ago, CyanogenMod developer Koush has released version 7 of the popular ROM for Nexus S users. This ROM is based on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread source code made available to the public this past weekend under AOSP (Android Open Source Project).
This release is in alpha testing phase at the moment, with heavy active development going on, so expect a more stable release soon. From the response of those who downloaded it and tried it out within the last few minutes, it seems to be quite usable with almost everything working fine, except for some issues with video recording which are being ironed out by the developer right now. One user has reported that WiFi isn’t working for him but others haven’t had this issue.
If you can’t wait to get a taste of Gingerbread CyanogenMod 7 on your Nexus S, you can flash it to your phone right now, as follows.
Disclaimer: Flash a custom ROM to your phone at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
CyanogenMod 7 is available in ROM Manager for Nexus S users so if you are using ROM Manager, you can spare yourself the trouble of manual installation and just install it from there. You might require a premium ROM Manager account for the purpose.
For manual installation:
- Make sure your phone is rooted. You can use our guide on how to root Nexus S.
- You must also have a custom recovery installed. In case it isn’t, you can download ROM Manager from the Market and use it to install Clockwork Recovery.
- Download the ROM from the link given below and copy it to the root of your SD card.
- Switch your phone off and reboot it in recovery.
- Use the main recovery menu to wipe all data and cache. Then go to the advanced menu and wipe dalvik cache.
- Get back to the main recovery menu and select ‘install zip from sd card’. Select the ROM that you copied to your SD card in step 3, and wait patiently while it is flashed to your phone.
- Once the flashing is done, reboot your phone.
- Now that you have CyanogenMod 7 running on your Nexus S, you can download Google Apps for it by downloading the zip file from the link given below and flash it to your phone from recovery just the way you flashed the ROM.
The developer has requested users not to report bugs at the moment as several issues are already known and are being worked on. For updates, head over to this XDA-Developers forum thread.
Update: Stable version of CM7 is available for the device. The links have been updated.