It was only a couple of days ago when we saw thenext release candidate for CyanogenMod 7, the popular custom ROM based on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. To our surprise, along with the CM team themselves, RC2 was downloaded over 150,000 times in less than 24 hours.
I initially had issues installing this RC, but everything eventually worked out, and the latest version of CM is great. But what contributed to such a massive flood of downloads? Well, the fact that the RC2 is available for 16 different handsets is likely the reason behind this, but either way, 150,000 downloads in such a small amount of time is quite the feat to accomplish.
If you’re downloading a ROM like this, then you’re likely already rooted, and possibly have some experience behind flashing custom ROMs. The most recent release candidate is not a stable build, but that doesn’t mean it’s not usable, and it sure hasn’t stopped the deluge of downloads.
Cyanogen’s team certainly has its work cut out for them, as we can expect a newer version of the OS announced sometime in May, and hopefully by that time CM7 will have gone stable. Then there’s also Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but we’re not sure if we’ll be seeing an official CyanogenMod for tablets, and even if we do, we still need the source code, which has yet to be released.
We really never doubted that the CM team would be doing great things with Android and we’re glad to see that there are plenty of interested parties. It seems like it may be only a matter of time before Google tries to buy out the popular team and get them working on the official Android developers team – which could allow users for a relatively pure, stock experience.
Have you downloaded the RC2 yet? Tell us what you think of it so far in the comments below.