Good news for those who like a healthy dose of some alternative Android, the CyanogenMod team have announced that they’re already gearing up to work on the next iteration of Google’s latest mobile OS. CyanogenMod 10 will base itself on the newly announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Although at this early stage this fact is subject to change, the CM team’s Google+ outlines that they’re definitely interested in building an iteration of Jelly Bean in their own image, despite not yet having access to the source code. The team say the development cycle shouldn’t take as long as the jump from CM7 (Gingerbread) to CM9 (Ice Cream Sandwich) either, as that move essentially involved a clean slate to tidy the underlying code work.
As Google have done in this instance, releasing Jelly Bean as an incremental update in comparison to the full OS overhaul from Gingerbread to ICS, the CyanogenMod team only have to make relatively small changes when producing their upgrade, as the majority of the leg work went into creating CM9, as such those who have CM9 supported devices are likely to be able to benefit from CM10 when it’s ready.
Key features like “Project Butter” and underlying enhancements to features like the lock screen are expected to cause a few headaches in the development process, but there’s certainly an air of confidence with regards to the overall decision to put CM10 into production. The only other question is when? Their answer, “when it’s ready. ”