CyanogenMod 7 is one of the most popular custom ROMs available on Android devices. It is based on the latest build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. According to official site, it supports a variety of new features including improved appearance, revamped and customizable lock screen, a restyled music app, “phone goggles” (which we assume means Google googles), gesture support everywhere and so on. Earlier, we reported that Android 2.3.4 Based CyanogenMod 7 Nightlies Rolling Out For Samsung Galaxy S i9000. We also reported thatan XDA member has started development on a port of the CyanogenMod 7 for the Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII). Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) users were anticipating for this quite some time and now the early nightly builds of the CM7 for our beloved device are now available!
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Please note that these are very early builds and more aimed as a proof of concept rather for a daily usage. There are a number of important functions broken in the current builds as noted by the developer:
Video playback – many formats are not recognized
Video recording – especially HD
Vibration and haptic feedback can be better
Some users lose network connection after sending a SMS (all on T-Mobile Austria it seems?)
Some users report photos on the external SD-card seem to get deleted
Issues when using the 2G/3G-Switch, which can only be solved by a wipe and reflash
Overheating problems, caused by some misbehaving app, most probably Mediascanner/DRM
Media volumes (volume in general maybe)
USB host mode
Easiest way to install the nightly builds is through the ROM Manager as recommended by the developer himself as well. Here are the instructions for this method as provided by the developer:
- Start with a rooted device (do not ask us how to do this).
- Install ROMManager Premium.
- Flash ClockworkMod Recovery. Pick Samsung Galaxy S2.
- Make sure you can reboot into ClockworkMod recovery from ROMManager. Reboot and get back into ROMManager Premium.
- Choose download ROMs.
- Pick the CyanogenMod Nightlies.
- Check the Google Apps addon.
- Check Backup current ROM!
- Check wipe data, cache, dalvik cache. (We’re not kidding! Wipe)
- Let ROMManager finish the installation.
As you can see the instructions provided by the developer assumes that you have a rooted device. In case you have not rooted your device already use the following detailed guide to do so (before following the above instructions): How to Root Samsung Galaxy SII (S2) Using Odin and SuperOneClick. If you are a newbie and not familiar with the ROM Manger then have a look at an easy to follow article: [Guide] How to Flash A Custom ROM On Any Android Phone Safely: A Complete Step-by-Step Tutorial.
Here is a direct download link for the latest nightly versions of the CyanogenMod 7 for Samsung Galaxy S II (S2). You can also flash this ROM using the ClockworkMod Recovery in case you have it installed on your device. Follow the guide Install ClockworkMod 188.8.131.52 (CWM) Recovery For Samsung Galaxy S2 (II) to do so.
You might also be interested to have a look at the Samsung Galaxy S II section on our website where we have covered a large collection of tweaks, tips&tricks and rooting and custom ROM installation guides for the Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII).
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