Once again, we’re back with the almomst regularly scheduled report on custom ROMs and the state of the CyanogenMod project, this time with more news about CyanogenMod 10. CanogenMod 10 has been in development and in the news quite a bit recently, because it is the version of the popular CyanogenMod custom ROM that is based on the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean source code. Over the weekend, an important milestone in the development was passed, as nightly builds of the ROM began to roll out to several popular devices.
Although some preliminary CM10 builds have been out for a while, this marks the first time that official nightlies have been posted. Currently, the list of supported devices includes the Galaxy Nexus, all US Galaxy S III variants, Nexus S variants, the Nexus 7, the Transformer and Transformer Prime, most original Galaxy S variants, the international Galaxy S II i9100g, and the P3 and P5 (Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1) tablets.
If you have one of these devices, then you can download the nightly build from the official CyanogenMod downloads network. Devices are organized by codename, so builds for my Galaxy Nexus are found here, under maguro. If you know the codename of your device, then you can just plug it into the URL or select it from the sidebar. If not, then a simple search for “Galaxy S III nightly CyanogenMod” should turn up the proper page easily. I’ve only been running the nightly build on my Galaxy Nexus for a couple days, but so far everything has worked great. All hardware features work properly, and the only force close came from a 3rd party app. Of course, your mileage may vary, but if you want to get an early build of Jelly Bean for your device from a reliable developer, then you can’t really go wrong with even the nightly buids of CyanogenMod.