The second release candidate of CyanogenMod 9 is now available for a few dozen phones and tablets. CM9 is a custom version of Android based on Google Android 4.0 open source code. It includes a number of performance tweaks and customization options.

Most importantly for many users, it’s available for many devices that have yet to receive official Android 4.0 software updates, and it doesn’t include many of the apps and skins that phone makers and wireless carriers tend to load on phones and tablets.

CyanogenMod 9

CyanogenMod 9 RC2 doesn’t look much different from the first release candidate.

But it includes new bug fixes, updated translations, and support for a few more devices including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) tablet, the AT&T and T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II smartphones, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note, and the international GSM model of the Samsung Galaxy S III with a quad-core Exynos processor.

You can download the latest build for your device from the website. As of this morning, RC2 was available for 52 different phones and tablets.

There are also nightly releases for about 50 devices. These feature the latest bleeding edge updates, but may not be as stable as a release candidate build.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...