October 10, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
There are 68 devices running Android 2.3.7, the latest available firmware version for Android phones. With the exception of the Nexus devices, most of users on most of those phones have up-to-date phones thanks to CyanogenMod.
The latest stable version of CyanogenMod – CM 7.1 – was released late last night. As promised by the development team leader and ROM namesake, Cyanogen, the latest version is based on Android 2.3.7 and has been modded to include several customizations. Among the headline features are the ability to revoke security permission requests for certain apps. So if someone wants to let a wallpaper app access Internet permissions to download new titles, but not Phone permissions, they can opt-out of certain requests rather than not use the app at all.
Other notable features include Bluetooth mouse support, improved swipe-to-clear items in the notification window, new lockscreen options, touch to focus in the camera, and several improvements across devices.
Speaking of devices, more than 20 have been added to the supported list, raising the total to 68 different phones and tablets that are now running CyanogenMod 7.1 or its derivatives (“kangs”). The Sony Ericsson Xperia line was recently added thanks to direct support from SE, and more devices like the HTC Sensation and myTouch Slide, and the HTC Touchpad are current in beta. These devices will get release candidates “in the next few weeks” according to Cyanogen (a working Touchpad was actually displayed at the Android BBQ last week.)
Downloads may be hard to come by considering the amount of traffic going on, but rooted users can grab CM 7 from the mirror download sites at http://www.cyanogenmod.com. Enjoy.