CyanogenMod 5.0.8 for Dream and Magic

Well, it looks like Cyanogen & his team over at CyanogenMod.com have done it again with a second stable release of Android 2.1 for the HTC Dream and HTC Magic. Cyanogen was the first developer to bring a fully functional Android 2.1 ROM to the Dream/Magic and doesn’t disappoint with this release. CyanogenMod(CM) is so popular that there are many ROM’s around that are based on Cyanogen’s version or are actually just re-skinned versions of CM. CM 5.0.8 had previously seen four “Test” releases before Cyanogen was satisfied enough to declare this version good enough to be a daily driver on your phone. In my opinion although, any of the test releases were usable on a daily basis.

CM5.0.8 now includes a new Launcher (ADW-Launcher) and as always is packed with many features that you wouldn’t find in a straight release of Android 2.1. Here is a list of features right from the CM 5.0.8 post in the forum at CyanogenMod.com

What’s NOT included that you’d find on a Nexus One:

* Launcher2 (too clunky for these devices)
* Stock Live Wallpapers (LWP support is there, but may not work with all LWP apps and/or performance may be bad)
* Facebook (install from the Market, contact sync works perfect, at least on Sapphire)
* Google Voice (install from Market, push notify works perfect)
* Gallery3D (too much of a memory hog)

What’s included:

* Everything that goes with Eclair
* 3D, video, camera, camcorder, BT, WiFi, etc are all of course working

CyanogenMod extras:

* Can be used with or without Google applications
* Kernel 2.6.34 with Pershoot’s tweaks
* ADWLauncher is the default launcher!
* Complete music app overhaul by Eliot Stocker
* New Apps2SD method implemented mostly by Chris Soyars.
* Built in USB & Bluetooth tethering
* Graphical enhancements, #boobs, and excellent wallpapers by Prash and SatanR1
* Includes BusyBox, htop, nano, powertop, openvpn, bash, irssi, and all engineering commandline utilities
* FLAC audio support from Kenny Root
* Phone enhancements from Cytown
* Contacts enhancements from Wysie
* MMS enhancements from, well, everyone (see changelog)
* Perform zipalign-on-install of applications
* DeskClock tweaks- longer autosilence and “require unlock” option
* Massive APN list
* All available locales are included thanks to PsychoI3oy
* 360-degree auto-orientation by Optedoblivion and Elanthis (enable in settings)
* OpenVPN integration thanks to James Bottomley
* Music app can respond to long-press on the volume buttons (from Metalhead)
* Many other bugfixes and tweaks from AOSP contributors
* Tons of work on the build system by Koush and Chris Soyars
* Big thanks to Zinx for debugging some really difficult issues! He really deserves most of the credit for getting this thing working so well.
* See the full CHANGELOG for all credits and details

One thing to note is that, the new 3D gallery that ships with stock Android 2.1 has not been included. This was done because as it says, it’s too much of a memory hog. While this is probably true on the G1/Dream and MT3G, I found that the 3D Gallery runs just fine on the 32A Magic. If you are using CM 5.0.8 and decide you want to try out the 3D Gallery, you can check around in the forum at CyanogenMod.com and you will be able to find it there somewhere along with instructions on how to install it along side or replace the old 2D Gallery.

For those of us on the Rogers network and using the EBI1 radio’s (CM is made for EBI0 radio used by T-Mobile), there is one additional requirement to installing the CM base ROM. An EBI1 kernel port is required for each release of CM. You can find the kernel port on the forum at CyanogenMod.com in the same post that you will find the base CM ROM. Or you can snag it from the dev’s site, briancrook.ca, just make sure that the kernel port matches the base CM version.

You can follow both dev’s on Twitter, @Cyanogen or @Bcrook88. If you are using their work, don’t forget to thank them @Cyanogen for the great ROM’s and @Bcrook88 for continuing to bring us the EBI1 ports even though he has moved onto the Nexus One.

You can see this post and find other great Android information over at LeaveNoDroidBehind.com

gbd

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