Although many of use are still waiting for the much anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich Android update, there might be an opportunity for some of you to get it early. CyanogenMod has developed their own version of Ice Cream Sandwhich and is offering it to certain mobile phones right now.
CyanogenMod is an aftermarket firmware for Android phones. Essentially it’s a ROM that brings all kinds of new features and controls to Android, along with a slick interface. The members of CyanogenMod have been working hard these last couple weeks building “CyanogenMod 9”, which is based off of the open source code for Ice Cream Sandwich that Google just released.
The builds have been available for about a week now, and the chatter on the user and developer forums has been mostly positive, with the exception of a few persistent bugs involving MMS and a few other things.
BE WARNED. The downfall here is that there’s always some risk associated with modding or rooting and it’s possible to end up with a bricked phone. Be sure to use an app like Titanium to backup everything on your phone before attempting to install CyanogenMod.