January 2, 2012 By: liwen
The ICS-based CyanogenMod 9 will include some custom apps, such as the Trebuchet launcher, but also an improved, fully theme-able music player. Besides being included in CM9, it will also be released as a standalone application in the Android Market.
Andrew Neal, a developer working on the music app, recently told The Verge some of the planned features: You’ll be able to perform custom actions by shaking your device, customize the controls in the notification shade, and more. Probably the best feature is that the app will have a “full theme engine”, so our themers and designers in the forums can get to work on it once it’s released. Yay!
CyanogenMod 9 was initially reported to be a January release, but it’s still December and the CM9 train has been making its stops around the Android phone world.
Among the more recent releases of CM9 belongs to the Droid 2 Global and was released on Christmas day thanks to XDA Member ngocha2006. As can be expected this early into development, the ROM is an alpha release and still has quite a few bugs in it, but it’s definitely a solid effort for a first release alpha. Here’s what works:
HW 2d And 3D
And here’s what’s still in need of fixing:
Data phone (I don’t have the test)
So it’s still a little bit rocky and probably cannot be used as a daily driver just yet, but you can find the full changelog, details and download links right here in the original thread. Once this bad boy gets fixed up, it’s going to be one sweet ROM to run and for you Droid 2 Global users it is only a matter of time before everything gets fixed. Until then, though, there’s always CM7!
It’s been known for some time now that the ICS-based CyanogenMod 9, which is still in its early alpha stages, will be replacing ADW with its own launcher dubbed Trebuchet.
The developer, nebkat, has recently started a thread in our forums where everyone can download the latest development version of the new launcher, report bugs and suggest new features, which currently include:
- Custom number of Homescreens
- Enable/Disable Persistent Search Bar
- Separated Apps/Widgets in Drawer
- Resize Any Widget
- Show and Fade Scrolling Indicator in Homescreen and Drawer
- Enable/Disable Auto-Rotate
- Drawer Apps Sorting (Title, Install Date)
- Infinite Scrolling
- Dock (Custom pages and size)
- Transition Effects (Homescreen and Drawer)
- Backup and Restore
Keep in mind that this is still an early alpha version before jumping into the forum thread.
The Cyanogen team need no introduction when it comes to Android ports that work. Ice Cream Sandwich has been designed to run on phones and tablets natively, so its potential to be more successful than CM7 is a given. With this idea in mind, two weeks ago the Cyanogen team pulled a rock across the entrance of their cave and began work on CM9, stating they would be “back in 2 months”. Despite the Honeycomb project (CM8) being discontinued, the team are seemingly set on making CM9 a success.
CM9 has made an appearance on the Galaxy S i9000 and Nexus S. I’ve been using it on the Nexus S, and for a port that’s only in Alpha 11, I’ve experienced no obvious faults. I am very excited to see how Cyanogen apply ICS to tablets and phones alike.
Samsung Galaxy S i9000:
Google Nexus S: