CyanogenMod is a custom operating system based on Google Android. It’s designed to run on dozens of phones and tablets, and CyanogenMod 9 is due out any day now. That’s the version based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
But Android 4.0 is old hat, now that Google is getting ready to release the source code for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Fortunately, the CyanogenMod team is getting ready to move to Jelly Bean.
It took a long time for CyanogenMod’s developers to transition from Android 2.3 to Android 4.0 due to some pretty significant changes in Google’s source code. But Android 4.1 looks a lot like Android 4.0, which means the transition from CyanogenMod 9 to CyanogenMod 10 should be much faster.
Basically, any phone that supports CM9 should also be able to run CM10. But the developers still plan to finish up version 9 before releasing CyanogenMod 10 — so it will likely be at least a few more weeks before we start to see official builds.
Google is expected to release the source code for Android 4.1 in mid-July, and no CyanogenMod development of Jelly Bean will begin until after that happens.
Android 4.1 includes a number of new features including a speedier user interface, an improved notification section with support for rich media, and the new Google Now voice search utility which is Google’s answer to Apple’s Siri.
Meanwhile, the CyanogenMod team will continue to support CM7.2 for phones that can’t handle Android 4.0 and up. CyanogenMod 7.2 is based on Android 2.3 and supports phones and tablets with smaller amounts of memory, among other things.