CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik has approved the bump from “nightly” to “release candidate” in the code repository, which means tonight instead of a nightly build we could get CyanogenMod 9 RC1.
CyanogenMod 9 logo
The only difference between a nightly release and a release candidate is that the developers think the software is almost ready to call stable.
The next build won’t include any major features that weren’t in last night’s release.
Unless any major bugs are found in the release candidate phase, we could see CyanogenMod 9 stable within the next few weeks.
Not only is CyanogenMod 9 based on the Android Open Source Project (which means it doesn’t include any of the custom skins you get from most HTC, Samsung, or Motorola devices), but it also includes a number of tweaks to improve performance and offer more customization options.
For instance CM9 includes a custom launcher, a new music player, support for themes, and widgets for the lock screen.
It will probably take the developers less time to move from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1 than it took to update from Android 2.3 to Android 4.0 since the upcoming changes in Google’s operating system aren’t expected to be as dramatic.