Over the weekend, G2X users may have been surprised to find that a CyanogenMod 7 nightly build was released for their handset. Named nightly #0, it should be easy to deduce that the build is hardly ready for prime time, but it’s one step closer to getting Gingerbread in it’s most customizable form.
There are a few hoops you need to jump through in order to get this build up and running on your G2X, but that doesn’t mean they are necessarily hard. First, you need to have flashed ClockworkMod recovery using NVFlash, instead of ROM Manager, as the latter still has some kinks to work out for this particular handset. Luckily, we have a tutorial on how to do just that. The ROM is void of T-Mobile bloatware, which some may be excited for, but you can no longer take screenshots without a dedicated application for the feature.
If stable is a word you like to use in the same sentence when talking about the ROM you’re using, then you should resist the urge to install this ROM in its current form. I installed the build twice before anything seemed to be in working order, and even then, a handful of issues remained. Things like the automatic brightness going bonkers, force closes in the settings, and overall instability should keep you from loving this ROM, but there will still be some of you who would rather have an unstable CyanogenMod 7 ROM than none at all. That said, after a while, the ROM seems to chill out and run more smoothly.
While T-Mobile is hard at work with the official Gingerbread update, some may still be waiting on this popular custom ROM, as it packs more goodies than you can shake a stick at. Customization within CyanogenMod 7 is virtually endless, allowing a user to modify their phone in a way to suit their needs in ways that standard Android doesn’t allow. The Android OS is great for customization as it is, but custom ROMs like this bring it to a whole new level, even when it’s an unstable build like this one.
Since the ROM is a “nightly,” we can expect to see more hit in due time, but it seems like T-Mobile may actually beat CyanogenMod to the punch when it comes to shipping a stable Gingerbread update to the G2X.