Ever since its commercial release in 2008 Google’s Android has proven itself to be highly successful. Although the original release was considered quite advanced for its time, things have changed considerably since then. In fact, the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, bears nearly no resemblance to the original version 1.0. Of course, this isn’t a bad thing considering Ice Cream Sandwich is the most advanced iteration we’ve seen to date.
But, while Ice Cream Sandwich is considered great in its vanilla state, some believe there is still room for improvement. Folk who fall into such a group may want to look towards the CyanogenMod team as they have made an exciting announcement today.
According to the team, the first release candidate of CyanogenMod 9 is now available for download. For those who aren’t aware, CyanogenMod 9 is based on Android ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ 4.0 and has existed in an alpha form until today. However, seeing how CyanogenMod 9 RC1 is still a release candidate, and not a final build, bugs are to be expected.
In terms of support, CyanogenMod 9 RC1 lends a hand to 50 different Android powered devices including smartphones and tablets alike. Supported devices include, but are not limited to,
Unfortunately, it seems that the HP TouchPad (a now defunct webOS powered tablet that briefly saw its price tag dropped to $99.99) won’t be getting the RC1 treatment. Bummer.