The CyanogenMod team has released a second release candidate of CyanogenMod 7.2 for a few dozen smartphones and tablets. CyanogenMod 7.2 RC2 is a custom version of Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a number of tweaks and special features including customizable lock screen and notification areas and a theme manager.

CyanogenMod 7

While much of the development team’s work is now on developing a custom version of Android 4.0 for phones and tablets, the CyanogenMod 7.x branch will remain active indefinitely in order to support older devices which may not run newer versions of Android as well.

Version 7.2 adds support for new devices including the Samsung Galaxy Note, Motorola Atrix 4G, and others.

It also includes a number of new features and bug fixes such as:

  • Android 4.0 rotation and transition effects
  • Improved calendar reminder options
  • Improved support for a mouse or USB keyboard
  • Support for Bluetooth GPS dongles
  • Status bar battery icon configuration
  • New lockscreen styles
  • WiFi fixes
  • Media player fixes

You can find more details in the official change log. The stable version of CyanogenMod 7.2 is expected soon — but it may not be available for all devices at once.

Most of the changes from the first release candidate to RC2 are bug fixes.

If CyanogenMod 7.2 RC2 is available for your device you can grab it from the CyanogenMod download page and then flash the update using ClockworkMod Recovery, TWRP, or another custom recovery tool.

If this is your first time installing CyanogenMod or another custom ROM, you may also be able to find instructions for your device at the team’s website.

Brad Linder

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