Since the days of the original Motorola Droid, CyanogenMod has been my ROM of choice for all my devices. While the ROM may not be able to include all the fancy features that more specific ROMs pioneer, CyanogenMod is consistently a stable, fast, stock ROM replacement that still includes a decent number of extra features. Just last night, development on CyanogenMod 10.1 reached general release, an important milestone in the development.
As of today, the build is rolling out to all of CyanogenMod’s supported devices, with Tegra 2 and legacy Exynos devices being left behind. The new release doesn’t bring along any new features that nightly users are probably already used to, but should be more stable and supported than development builds. Now, the team will be working on more “M” monthly builds, which are milestones between stable releases.
The finalization of the CyanogenMod 10.1 code will now allow the developers to work towards adding more new functionality and features to these monthly builds, some of which may already be live in nightly builds by tonight. One such feature is the per-app Privacy Guard mode, which prevents applications from accessing your personal information. Also in the pipeline is a new quick settings tile, which will act as a live viewfinder for the camera allowing rapid picture taking.
Although I have been running the nightly builds of CyanogenMod 10.1 without any problems, the stable release will be installed on my Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 by the end of the day. Of course, there’s no telling how long, because now that the CM team doesn’t have to worry about the stable release, new features will likely be added at a very good pace.[CyanogenMod]