I’ve been using the Google/ASUS Nexus 7 for a little over a week now, and while the stock Jelly Bean build has actually worked very well (despite being the phone version), it was starting to feel like I needed a new ROM. I’ve been watching XDA for any developments, but for such a new device things have been a little slow. However, just this morning I found out that the CyanogenMod team has released their first preview of CM10 for the Nexus 7, and decided to finally root my Nexus 7 and try it out.
Unlocking the device was as easy as running the “fastboot oem unlock” command, and I then proceeded to install the TWRP recovery from XDA as well as the CM10 ROM. So far, I have to say that I am quite impressed. Although the build does crash and doesn’t always run as smoothly as the stock OS, that is to be expected from a preview. What is nice is the added CyanogenMod features, like notification bar toggles, additional settings and customization, and the theme engine. It isn’t really much of a surprise since CyanogenMod is my preferred Galaxy Nexus ROM, but I can already tell that CyanogenMod 10 on the Nexus 7 is going to be quite good.
I’ll have to bring the device back to stock for my review, but for now I may actually keep running CyanogenMod for my personal use. I’ve used it on the Galaxy Nexus for so long that I’ve come to expect the extra settings, so it is great to have them on my tablet as well as my smartphone. Also, it is quite nice to have a nearly identical OS on both my phone and tablet, something that makes transitioning between the two a little easier. If you are lucky enough to have a Nexus 7 and are looking for a ROM, then I can already suggest trying out the build of CM10 you can find through the source link below. Even if it doesn’t quite work well enough yet, more stable builds are sure to come out soon.