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Samsung Captivate and Cyanogenmod

After my last post about Android, I want to highlight some of the best things about the modding community. Thanks to the Google Android Open Source Project, projects like Cyanogenmod provide for an alternative operating system image for many Android devices. In the case of the AT&T Captivate, the latest official OS is Android 2.3 Gingerbread. A "stable" CM7 exists that is also based on Android 2.3; however, a more recent build exists, CM version 9, based on the latest Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich, or ICS). When I upgraded from stock Samsung OS to CM7, the functionality of my device was far better than the original OS. Upgrading CM7 to CM9 was even a bigger upgrade, like night and day, and despite being labeled an "experimental" build, it's been far more stable than CM7. With the Samsung OS I would lose wifi and cell all the time, on CM7 I did not but the phone would lock up and I had to reboot it. Since CM9 I have had no problems at all.

With this post I just want to bring awareness to the great work of the CM team, but this post won't be a tutorial on how to upgrade. I can't be responsible to any damage to your phone, and it's possible these actions void your warranty if you are still in warranty period, so please fully read the materials before trying anything. Here are some useful tips and places to start:

If you have any questions leave a comment and I can answer what I know.