It’s been a little under a month since we saw the first release candidate for CyanogenMod 7, a popular custom ROM for Android, so we’re glad to finally be seeing the second release candidate for CM7 hitting the web. This update bumps up the version number to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, and offers up some nice enhancements bugfixes.
One new phone-specific feature is that the EVO now supports WiMaX, one of the most-touted features of the handset. You’ll also find a new feature when you hold the power button down – notification profiles, which allow you to customize the sounds depending on the profile. That’s about it for the new features, and it doesn’t look many more will be implemented anytime soon, as the team is now in “bugfixing mode” .
Overall, the new RC seems a bit faster and more stable throughout, which is just what the ROM needs. We can expect RC3 to build upon the stability found in RC2, but it could take a while. Still, we applaud Cyanogen and his team for getting updates out in a timely fashion, as it didn’t even take a full month before we saw this update. It still may be a long road ahead before we see any commercially stable build for this ROM, but it’s possible that Cyanogen and his team will get a stable release out to the world before the official Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update begins to roll out.
Since it’s the beginning of the month, Google should be updating their version number market share update on the developers site. Soon there may be more people running Cyanogen’s Gingerbread ROM than the official Android 2.3.3. There’s already more support for multiple phones for the custom ROM, and it’s beginning to become both very frustrating and rather humorous at the same time.
You can update to the latest version through ROM Manager, or directly going to the CM site.