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CyanogenMod 9 RC1 is Ready for Download, Do You Have One of the 37 Devices it Covers?

The code freeze that happened just a few days ago was a good sign and now it is finally here. The first official Release Candidate for CyanogenMod 9 is released and as of today, 37 devices can flash the ROM if they so choose. It has taken the CM team 225 days since Android 4.0 hit the AOSP servers, but it seems like they hit it out of the park with this one. 

It wasn’t quick or easy, but we are extremely proud of this release and what it represents for us as a group… It meant a lot of hard work, and late nights, but also a ton of fun.

Get.CM is the place for your downloads and it seems to be under a lot of stress at the moment, it took me a while to get it to load. Curiously, Toro (Verzion Galaxy Nexus) build isn’t up yet so we’ll have to wait and see where that is. However, the GSM Galaxy Nexus, Transformer, Transformer Prime and tons of other devices already have RC1 ready for installation. Hit the download below and happy flashing!

UpdateToro build is up and ready for download! Go get it!


Cheers TJ!

  • CM9?!?! I’m running CM10 and it’s Grrreeeaat! (VZW GNEX)

  • Just breathed some life into my HP Touchpad with this, It might actually get some use now!

  • grand0

    first release candidate released a day before jelly bean is announced….lame

  • Railroaded Randy

    It hurts my balls every time I see SGSIIE4GT missing from these lists. Especially since I just purchased it this past March. A device update is not in my immediate future, so a good ROM to flash would be great. =/ Help Me Howard.

  • kfath1978

    ok….so i am ready to root my galaxy tab 10.1 4g verizon. i have tried a few times last night and have bricked it. thankfully i was able to restore the stock image on it. when i root it my wifi doesnt work and i cant get into recovery mode w/ rom manager. what am i missing? i have searched a few sites for instructions. can someone point me in the right direction!

  • Lucas

    I have to comment again … CM9 will stable and full functional is no where near Liquid Rom at all. Liquid is faster, has many more features and includes Gapps in a smaller file size. Nice try Cyanogen, but no cigar whatsoever.

  • Where are you getting 37 from? I count 24 with CM 9.2 or 50 in all with 9, please explain to me someone.

  • ahmedbabul

    Cool and very nice.I love to see a video of it.

    • jonkido

      get out of here, spammer

  • Does every CM update wipe your device so you have to start over and install everything from scratch?

  • How do I make sure that after I flash the rom, all my existing/current apps are still there, settings and data intact; just as they were before flashing the custom rom?

    • dean2359

      Always do a nandroid back up first

      • That doesn’t help what I’m asking for. Nandroid is like Windows system restore. If I restore a nandroid backup, it’ll revert back the rom too, right? Say –
        Right now am at stock 4.0.4. I create a nandroid backup, factory reset/wipe, flash this CM9 rom, all apps will get wiped. Now if I restore the nandroid, will I go back to stock 4.0.4 or stay at CM9?

        • dean2359

          The back up makes a copy of everything you have and allows you to restart where you left off so if you need to do a restore you haven’t lost anything..you will revert back to stock. This is a nice failsafe system in case something goes wrong you’re OK. I did that with cm9,backed up,factory reset,wiped dalvik cache,then flashed this to which I didn’t like,then I simply restored my back up and I was right where I was before,loving Protostome B3.,an amazing from with unbelievable battery life. Don’t forget to flash gapps by the way

          • Thanks a lot for the details. I’ll see how lucky I get with this. 🙂

  • JulianZHuang

    castle master 3D drinked my gnexus battery from 83% to 29% within 20mins of playing haha

  • Chris Badalucco

    just in time to be outdated by jellybean tomorrow???

  • jquest68

    can’t believe you guys went with that nasty looking logo as your company logo, yuk. why even bother to ask us about the design if you’re still going to use it regardless what we say? I guess we’ll get use to it

    • Royal2000H

      “you guys” ?

      Droid-Life and CM are not the same team. The people you’re trying to reach probably won’t see your comment on here.

  • guest

    Does this take gapps 20120317?

  • get off kellex’s site with your SPAM !

  • Still no camera on Galaxy tab 10.1??? No switching to this on my galaxy nexus linaro AOKP is to nice

  • Yay! CM9 RC1 being released just in time for… Jellybean? lol

  • OreoMan

    This will be on my GNex tonight!

    • dean2359

      you may be disappointed….but see for yourself

  • whoisjohngalt

    tried to dl toro twice now to no avail, anyone else getting stuck? first time got 107/137mb and second try only was able to download 74/137mb.. each time i tried opening the zip, i get error warnings

  • cmonnats23

    dumb question… but are the gapps included?

    • dean2359

      no you have to dl gapps sep

  • Why can’t I find a list of features anywhere? Their site only has 7.2 stuff, and Google can’t seem to locate it. I’ve got AOKP and I’m very happy with it, so if I’m going to switch, I’d like to know what I’m getting before I leap.

    (Yes, I know about Bootmanager, but it’s had issues for me in the past on my DX involving the second rom bootlooping and not being able to get back to my phone rom and having to wipe sbf, so I’m a bit wary of it.)

  • Don’t see Incredible 2 in the list…

    • Esteban_Colberto

      My bad. only CM7 for now. Try Bracketkang. It’s not bad. It’s a CM9 takeoff that works without many FC issues.

      • Got it. Thanks!

      • Looks like it is cm7 and not cm9.

  • teschall

    Installed, restored apps…I missed AOKP and I immediately restored my backup.

    • dean2359

      Same here. Not enough options and tweaks plus it didnt seem as smooth.

    • moelsen8

      I went back to gummy pretty quickly myself. It seems pretty solid though.

  • androiddict

    Does anyone know if they have plans to support the OG Droid?

    • Jigga_Z

      Nope, no support. Not enough RAM.

  • Chris Dugger

    WOW! HTC kicked to the curb…..

  • I’m good with Eclipse 3.0 on my Bionic.

  • Is there any reason why they don’t have anything out for Motorola phones?

    • Hunter

      Locked bootloaders….

  • Will Tisdale

    Hahaha, 7 months for a first RC? Seriously? Lol. Most of the carriers already pushed their ICS updates. This is what happens when you customise to the extreme. CM is now more bloated than most of the manufacturers ROMs, and takes longer to be released. Congrats.

    • 9host99

      hope you are trolling and not just a dipshit

    • PC_Tool

      this is almost more wtf than the whole funnyjuck/oatmeal debacle.

      • moelsen8

        holy crap i missed that. that’s funny. what a piece of sh*t funnyjunk is.

        • PC_Tool

          You avatar gives that post so much more *feeling*…

          love it.

    • Joe

      So am I going to be the only one who agrees at least with the aspect that 7 months is a long time? And that is by no means meant to be anything against the great work that these devs do on their own time, but its getting to the point where the RC or final versions BARELY make it out before the next full iteration of Android is released by Google. Just saying, if it continues to head in this direction it will in essence become self defeating.

  • dean2359

    Ive run Aokp and now Im running Protostome B3 and its amazing. Its got unbelivable battery life and is still super fast with all the features of Aokp but im going to give this a shot.

    • PC_Tool


      Screw loyalty. This is what Android is about. Crack-flashing. *grin*

      I’m guilty, too. I almost wish my Nexus had a flash-counter. I am dead-certain it would be well over 200.

      (Yes, I realize that’s more than one flash per day, and no, I am not exaggerating if you include restores from backup and flashing to stock occasionally to clean up the cruft.)

      • rudy poo

        Yeah, pretty sure Noone was gonna say anything.

        • PC_Tool

          I am sure I’m not the only one here…. 😉

  • fartbubbler

    flash gapps too

  • SD_Scott

    Dloading now for my TF300!

    Edit: Just realized it’s still in nightlies for TF300… Doh!

  • moelsen8

    whoa.. that boot animation is all kinds of matrix badass sh*t. nice

  • Prasoon Singh

    No love for the HTC One S i guess.

  • airwolf

    I would love to if they had one for the Stratosphere, but since this phone seems to get ignored by all of the mod developers, I guess I’m stuck with stock. Now sure why no one is paying any attention to the Strat.

    • PC_Tool

      Lack of interest, both by devs, and the public. Very few folks bought it.

      Not trying to be a jerk, just telling it as it is. It was kind of a SGS 1.5 sort of device, wasn’t it?

      • Bull. I know 2 people who bought it Wiley cause it’s the only decent keyboard phone on Verizon. Verizon doesn’t have any others besides the Droid and Droid2.

        • John Pisano

          Droid 4 is a much better keyboard phone on vzw

  • Does the Toro build allow you to hide the nav bar?

  • Jake

    Dumb question…Are there instructions somewhere to install this?

    • ty

      Have you ever rooted or flashed a ROM before? It’s the same…

  • CM9 is to pebble beach, as AOKP is to magic mountain mini golf

  • Haven’t ran it yet, might as well wait for the full release. Hope it comes soon!
    Edit: actually, i wonder if 4.1 will come out any time soon and how fast CM will incorporate it.

  • Anonymouse

    Not too sure I want to give up my Bugless Beast for this. I tried CM9 before on my GNex and the battery life was terrible at best. With BB it’s leaps and bounds better.

    • Jeremy Martin

      Bugless Beast is also a Featureless Beast. I gave up on it…all Bugless Beast was is simply a stock rom thats rooted in my opinion. Not much to set it apart.

      • zepfloyd

        You know that’s supposed to be the point, right?

        • Royal2000H

          Then why not just root stock? (I haven’t looked into BB on Gnex, so I don’t know if it actually has any features or not)

          • Somehow the battery life isn’t absolutely deplorable. I can’t put many ROMs on my phone because I am a power user that isn’t near a wall charger so I go with rooted stock/BB because ROMs on my phone always seem to chew up battery.

    • warispeace84

      I really enjoy bugless beast now that you can put in toggle notifications. Battery life is great, and it runs like a champ. ICS is great as is, and I don’t see myself needing to upload a custom rom anymore.

  • DreamSTi

    Liquid Rom is very similar to CM9 but better.

    • fixxmyhead

      thats cuz they cherry picked and added there stuff

    • CraigBoyte

      I would agree, except I get a ton of re-boots and freezes with Liquid

    • cmonnats23

      Can anyone confirm/back this up? I just updated to liquidsmooth 1.5 like yesterday and just got all the customization how I like it. But if CM9 is monumentally better than liquidsmooth then I’d be down to jump ship.

  • fixxmyhead

    yea my download cut off when downloading i only got 15MB

  • Is this a full wipe install, or can it be Wipe Cache/Dalvik type of flashing?

    • I would say it depends on what you’re coming from. If you’re coming from a CM nightly, I bet you’d be okay wiping Dalvik only. If you’re coming from a different ROM or stock, you’ll want to do a full wipe.

  • how long till droid INC gets this?

    • Cowboydroid

      Your contract should be up by now. Get a new phone.

  • Lunchbox

    Toro is up you just have to click the link to Toro on the left of the screen I have it right now. It just doesnt show in the release list for some reason.

  • azndan4

    Google “Protekk reddit”

    • will bartlett

      WOOOOO who cares.

    • will bartlett

      the dude he was messing with wasnt following instructions anyways

    • Whoa….

  • fixxmyhead

    only nightly for hercules 🙁

    should get a RC soon

  • redbar0n11

    WHERE THE HELL IS THE DAMN FEATURES LIST/CHANGELOG FOR THIS RC1?! It’s driving me crazy not being able to find it – I keep going in circles!

  • Chris Wilkey

    android is upgrading…lol 🙂

    btw its up on rom manager

  • What’s everyone been using for a Kernel w/CM9? any recommendations?

    • I’ve been using the CM kernel with my CM Nightlies.

      • That’s what I’ve been using too… Feel like the battery life could be better. I feel like I was getting way better battery life when I was running Apex

        • I’ve only managed to get good battery life regardless of ROM or Kernel by turning off LTE personally. I can get well over 24 hours on a charge by giving up LTE unless I NEED it.

      • cmonnats23

        and how have they performed…?

  • no bionic love?

    • JoshGroff

      No CDMA love from a glance.

    • Probably has to do with the locked bootloader. Locked bootloader means very limited options for Roms. In fact, it can mean no options for Roms.

      • bobukcat

        Not true, there have been ICS ROMs for the Bionic out for a while now. Plenty of other devices with encrypted and locked bootloaders have custom ROMs available as well. Locked bootloader (technically it’s really an encrypted bootloader that’s the problem as they can’t be unlocked) really just means you can’t load a custom Kernel. This is a pretty big deal as this means it requires a leaked Rom or one ported from another device to really customize things. Bootstrapping even allows for custom recovery to be used on encrypted / locked bootloaders.

  • someone flash this and make a video review !

    • CM9 My Arse

      I would except there seems to be nowhere to download it from. EVERY link to a so called download gives me a list of 7.2 builds, or points me toward somewhere that directs me to my device, which again, only lists CM7 builds, despite every RC1 RELEASED!!!! type article telling me that its available for my device. Im starting to seriously doubt these guys give much of a crap now.

  • Ben Rice

    Downloading for my VZW Nexus right now cant wait

  • Did they include the new code that makes it lightning fast?

    • If you’re talking about Linaro then none of the Linaro modifications have been committed to CM9 yet so no.

  • Edgar

    no love for the thunderbolt

    • 9host99

      word. a bummer, but hopefully it is coming soon.

      • Edgar

        hopefully seems like ICS will remain a distant dream for us lol

    • It never had official CM, even CM7. So no surprise.

  • are there any screenshots for it? i mean, im assuming its the stock ICS look? thinking about getting this on a friends skyrocket, but im not sure

    • It does look mostly stock. The changes are quite subtle with options to make more modifications as you desire. In my opinion, the CM crew only enhances the pure android experience rather than radically changing the feel of interacting with the OS from what you’re get with stock ICS.

  • Uncle Paul


    AOKP FTW. I will never go back to boring old CM.

    • PC_Tool

      Have you even tried it?

      CM9 and AOKP share a lot of goodies, though they both do it in different ways.

      I have AOKP on my devices, but I wouldn’t call CM9 “boring” by any stretch.

  • Jorbo the Borb

    Do we know if the Linaro adjustments have been included on RC1?

    • I am pretty certain the answer to this is no. Several of the Linaro things were submitted but none had been approved as of the code freeze.

  • Casey Puyleart

    My Droid2 isn’t getting any love…at least not officially. Thankfully, someone at Rootzwiki is kindly providing some pretty damn good builds that I’ve been running for about 2 months.

  • zepfloyd

    lets start the GS3 campaign now…

  • Droid 2 No

  • moelsen8

    needs to flash gapps with this right?

  • Toro just showed up. Must have been late in the build queue.

  • Justin

    Of course it isn’t available for the VZW G Nexus, yet. Why would it be? =/

  • WalkerNA

    Droid Charge = no 🙁

    • Doh… double post. Ignore this.

    • Yeah so far there’s no fully functional Charge ICS ROM. Sadly there’s also no Charge support for CM7 either. There is hope supposedly to get some insight into getting the Charge RIL good for ICS thanks to the upgrade for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 but we’ll have to wait and see.

      • i sure hope so. i already feel bad enough about giving my mother all of my hand me down androids, so hopefully this will work so i can get her some good software.

  • Twangtron3000

    Are there any real benefits in switching to CM9 from AOKP? Or is it just a matter of preference?

    • TheWenger

      AOKP basically takes the stuff from open source CM9 and adds their on swagger and stuff on top. I’d say stay with AOKP, but if you feel the urge to donate, throw a beer CM’s way too, because without them, AOKP wouldn’t be nearly as awesome.

      • Twangtron3000

        Thanks! I think I’ll stick with the unicorn.

  • mikesuds


  • Nico

    Toro is up as of this comment

  • tyguy829

    Toro up! Legooo

  • Ummm maybe you missed it but Toro is the 4th option on the list for me and it is a RC.

  • TomMabe

    Toro is up, I’m download right now

  • Toro was late in the queue, but it is up now… Wonder if the HP Touchpad/Tenderloin is going to get a RC1 today or soon or not…. on the latest nightly already.

  • theentropic

    The Toro version is definitely posted now, so you may want to update the post.

  • mmoreimi

    My Rezound is getting bored.

    • ryan lamb

      straight up. but now with s-off and the ics source code coming out soon. we should get some CM9 love at some point

  • Lucas

    The Toro Verizon version wouldn’t be up and running at launch … figures.

    • Lucas

      Check that – if you go to their site – Toro is up and running … 😉

  • Steve Wojciechowski

    Wait.. it’s up there. Downloading now.

  • geedee82

    Anybody run this yet? I used to run CM religiously, but ever since I got my Gnex I’ve pretty much been using AOKP based roms exclusively. How does it compare as far as speed/battery life/customization etc.?

    • I’ve been running CM9 Nightlies on my VZW GNex for a while and have been extremely satisfied with the performance and features. I only ran AOKP for a few days but I’d say they’re both comparably solid.

    • I like it just as good or better than AOKP, which I was using until the last couple months. Cyanogenmod is as good or better than AOKP in every respect including working built in USB and WIFI tether, customizable soft keys, overclocking and many other optimizations. You should at least try it, right?

      • Flyinion

        Thanks for the info. I just updated AOKP from M5 to B40 last night but I’ve been looking forward to trying out CM. I never used it on my OG Droid for some reason. Always ran ROM’s from JRummy, Chevy, etc., but I gotta try CM sometime 🙂

      • geedee82

        Thanks! I’ll give it a go!

  • It looks like “Toro” is in the list, I am downloading it right now. 🙂

    • MIke

      Keep us posted on what you like about it

  • Steve Wojciechowski

    Awe, I was all excited to do some flashing 🙁

  • mike leistiko

    toro is up now.

    • Nex__

      Yup top of the list

      • Justin

        Sweeeeeet. Will root and flash when I get home. I’ve been bored with stock Toro for a while. Can’t wait to see what CM9 has in store.