Today we’ve seen the launch of the first Release Candidate build of CyanogenMod 10.1 ROM, a new custom ROM by the CM team that will should be the first stepping stone before the final CM 10.1.0 build will be available. All these are being released as the brand new Google Android 4.3 Key Lime Pie is about to be launched this month.
It is based on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system and it is a more stable variant than the Nightlies releases which were until now considered to be the ‘beta’ variants of CM 10.1.0 custom ROM.
The CyanogenMod team is one of the best and all their builds have been based on pure AOSP Android 4.2.2 with modifications applied to other parts of the OS, so that the Android device owner can experience the full Jelly Bean interface without bloatware and other carrier / OEM based UI.
CM 10.1.0 RC1 is the first build that uses the ‘release candidate’ in its title since the Ice Cream Sandwich versions. This means that we should get ready for a Final build to be launched in the coming weeks. Also, this news of Cyanogen Mod 10.1 release candidate 1 build being released comes only several days before the Google I/O event, which should feature the release of Android 4.3 operating system. CyanogenMod team wants to wrap up things on the CM 10.1 and release a final build before starting to work on the next Key Lime Pie AOSP ROM.
Currently, there are 40 devices supporting the CM 10.1.0 RC1 ROM such as: a700, captivatemtd, crespo, crespo4g, d2att, d2cri, d2mtr, d2spr, d2tmo, d2vzw, e975, endeavoru, epicmtd, galaxysmtd, grouper, hercules, i9100g, maguro, mako, manta, odroidu2, otter, otter2, p3100, p3110, p5100, p5110, p760, p880, p930, quincyatt, quincytmo, skyrocket, steelhead, su640, tf700t, tilapia, toro, toroplus, vs920.
All these are the codenames of all devices including the T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, MetroPCS, Cricket models of the US Samsung Galaxy S3. Other notable devices are the Google Nexus 4 or ‘mako’, Google Nexus 10, the Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100G with the TI OMAP CPU, Samsung Galaxy S I9000, Galaxy Nexus etc. You can find all these builds on CyanogenMod’s get.cm CM 10.1.0 RC1 download web page.
If you want to update your device with the first Release Candidate version of CM 10.1.0, then you will have to download the corresponding file and the Google Apps file for Android 4.2.2 ROMs (download link here). Flash both files using a custom Recovery image and make sure to factory reset your device before that.
We will post tutorials for almost all the CM 10.1.0 RC1 supported device in the following days for those users who don’t know how to flash a custom ROM on their Android devices.
Despite the fact that the Android 4.3 or Android 5.0 launches next week, the new operating system will only be available for Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and possibly the first Google Galaxy Nexus phones. This means that if you own a device that’s not a Nexus, then you should probably stick with this CM 10.1 Jelly Bean 4.2.2 build before the new Google OS will be available for your device.
Will you update your phone with CyanogenMod 10.1 or you’re planning on waiting for the announcement and release of the official Android 4.3 Key Lime Pie to device?
UPDATE: The CyanogenMod team it seems to move faster than ever, as the second Release Candidate build is now available for the same 40 Android smartphones. Here’s the link from get.cm that will allow you to download the CM 10.1.0 RC2 ROM for your smartphone.