The newest release of CyanogenMod 9 (RC2) brings support for the Samsung Galaxy S III (i9300) and a few other Samsung devices. Although CM9 is a custom version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it has a following of its own. It usually doesn’t take long for CyanogenMod team to come up with custom ROMs, but it’s a little different this time around. The new CM9 Release Candidate (which is the second version) brings forth a few bug fixes and updated translations. The team makes it very clear that this is not the final version as it is still working on it. The team is also believed to be working on CM 10 which is a custom ROM based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The devices compatible with CM9 RC2 are as follows:
- Samsung Galaxy S III (global version – i9300)
- AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
- AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (all)
- T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II Hercules
These are the devices mentioned by the CM team, but we’re not sure if any more devices are supported. I must point out though that most of the aforementioned devices are already running on Ice Cream Sandwich, so this is only for users who are not happy with the OEM customization on their smartphone. The team released early preview builds of CM10 for the Galaxy S III on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile respectively. Verizon however was missing from the list as it sells the Galaxy S III with a locked bootloader. The CM10 ROM however is still in its infancy, so we recommend you to wait till the team comes up with the final release. Or you can simply flash the new CM9 ROM as we mentioned above.
About the CM9 RC2, the team says that it’s pretty stable and smooth. It’s apparently “a product that you’d let your mom use”, meaning it’s free from bugs and easy to use. We’ll keep you posted on any new developments from the CM team. It is certain though that the users are waiting for the final release of CyanogenMod 9.
Note: As always, it is our duty to give you a word of caution on flashing custom ROMs as there is a possibility of harming your device. Of course, if you know what you’re doing, you can ignore this.
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