Here's a treat for you Android modders heading into the weekend. Work on CyanogenMod 9 is now finished and ready to download as a stable release for the majority of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) supported devices. Going forward, Cyanogen will turn his attention away from ICS (Android 4.0.x) and focus on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x).
"Many have wondered why we bothered to finish CM 9 when we are already active in CM 10 development. To that, our answer is: we don’t like to leave things incomplete," Cyanogen explained in a blog post. "There is no profit gained from what we do, so the satisfaction of completing a goal is our only reward.
This release also serves as a release suitable for the masses, especially those who won’t have 100 percent functioning releases of CM 10 immediately or are averse to anything branded as ‘preview’, ‘alpha’, ‘beta’ or ‘nightly’."
Solid reasoning as far as we're concerned. And for those of you new to the modding scene, custom ROMs like CyanogenMod provide users will unfettered access to their phone's root capabilities, provide an unmolested Android build that isn't cluttered with unwanted third-party programs and icons, and offer additional features not found in vanilla versions of Android. In this case, CyanogenMod 9 provides OS gesture commands, a DSP equalizer, and other goodies.