Cyanogenmod 9 coming in January based on Ice Cream Sandwich
Just yesterday, we reported that Google had released the source code for the current Android version, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Then, I noted that this would allow custom ROM developers to get straight to work on their custom ROMs. The developer known as Cyanogen did just that, and announced on Twitter that he and the team behind Cyanogenmod were already at work with the new code, and would have something based on the new source code available in January.
Cyanogenmod is one of the best and most popular custom distributions of Android, and supports quite a number of devices with their stable version. These include such popular favorites such as the Nexus One, Nexus S, Nook Color, HTC Evo, HTC Sensation, Motorola Droid, and both Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S II devices.
Unfortunately, this is obviously no indication that January will bring a stable version, or even a guarantee that anything will be done by then. According to the team themselves, the top rule of Cyanogenmod is that you don't ask for ETAs. Also, the current version is Cyanogenmod 7 and the Twitter message mentions Cyanogenmod 9, so it is possible that the team will be putting together another release between now and then.
Even without guarantees, it is great to know that the great devs behind Cyanogenmod are already working on Ice Cream Sandwich. For many users, especially those not getting ICS officially, these guys are the only way to stay up to date with the latest and greatest Android version.[Cyanogen Twitter]