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CyanogenMod 9 is stable; 10 is underway

CyanogenMod 9 is stable; 10 is underway

Posted Aug 10, 2012 17:10 UTC (Fri) by leoc (subscriber, #39773)
Parent article: CyanogenMod 9 is stable; 10 is underway

One very disappointing bit of news is that now even Cyanogen is dumping support for the Nexus One and other older handsets past 7.2. This is one area where Android differs significantly from most Linux distributions, which generally support computers older than two years pretty well.


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CyanogenMod 9 is stable; 10 is underway

Posted Aug 10, 2012 17:23 UTC (Fri) by faramir (subscriber, #2327) [Link]

I can think of three possible reasons to drop support for older devices:

1. Binary drivers - so can't upgrade to more recent kernel which ICS uses by default.
2. Hardware performance - not enough RAM/CPU power to run the code
3. Human bandwidth - not enough people on team to manage that many devices

In some sense #1 is actually a #3. Theoretically, people could reverse engineer the binary drivers/write wrappers/etc...

Can anyone speak to the possible explanations above?

CyanogenMod 9 is stable; 10 is underway

Posted Aug 10, 2012 17:37 UTC (Fri) by JoeF (subscriber, #4486) [Link]

The main issue probably is the lack of space on the N1.
You need to repartition the internal flash, because ICS requires more space. That can scare some people. And that may mean moving apps to the sdcard. I use S2E with an ext4 partition on the external micro-sd.
And the N1 doesn't have things like the near field sensor.
But once the internal flash is repartitioned, CM9 works just fine on the N1. The inofficial builds just don't have the official CyanogenMod blessings.
And there are also inofficial JB/CM10 ROMs, but they are still considered alpha.

CyanogenMod 9 is stable; 10 is underway

Posted Aug 10, 2012 19:36 UTC (Fri) by drag (subscriber, #31333) [Link]

Open source ftw.

CyanogenMod 9 is stable; 10 is underway

Posted Aug 10, 2012 20:41 UTC (Fri) by yokem_55 (subscriber, #10498) [Link]

The main problem it seems is that the hacks necessary to make an enjoyable ICS experience on QSD8x50 devices don't pass the muster of the Android Compatibility Test Suite, which the Cyanogen devs puts a very high priority on. Also, hardware video recording and playback are still rather broken.

Now in my experience on my original Droid Incredible, ICS does work pretty well, and I haven't come across any explicit compatibility problems, but I suspect that withholding official CM9 support from that class of devices is warranted.

CyanogenMod 9 is stable; 10 is underway

Posted Aug 10, 2012 17:31 UTC (Fri) by JoeF (subscriber, #4486) [Link]

There are at least two unofficial CM9 ROMs for the Nexus One.
I run one of them (SpazeDog, formerly BCM) just fine.

CyanogenMod 9 is stable; 10 is underway

Posted Aug 13, 2012 6:11 UTC (Mon) by Seegras (guest, #20463) [Link]

It even kinda works on the LG GW620. However, it's so slow I immediately reverted to 7.x.

So yes, "not supported" can very much mean "works, but it's less than enjoyable".


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