CyanogenMod 9 is Released for Samsung Nexus S
Steve Kondik and his minions are currently working on integrating the CyanogenMod 9 on the Samsung Nexus S, which runs under the Ice Cream Sandwich. The custom ROM has reached “Alpha 11” and it is based on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project). It was promised that no serious bugs remain and all important features should work properly. It’s not yet clear whether the build is ready for mission-critical tasks, but it appears that the build is already stable for average, daily use. Compared to the Kwiboo build, the Koush version appears to work faster and smoother. The interface feels more responsive and there are fewer lags. Data limit setting and Google Wallet works on Koush version along with standard CyanogenMod features. The device will be pre-rooted and bloatware is removed. Nexus S owners who want to install CyanogenMod 9 should visit the XDA-Developers forum immediately and download the latest alpha build and Google Apps addon. In the forum there is also an instruction on how to install the custom ROM.
CyanogenMod is essentially a replacement for stock firmware used on various Android smartphones and tablets. It is essentially a tweaked Android OS and offers additional options and features not found in the stock firmware. Users choose to install CyanogenMod because it removes all bloatware and they get CPU overclocking, which results in significant performance boost. Some users even reported that CyanogenMod is more reliable and stable than the official firmware. The custom ROM also supports native theming, OpenVPN client, large APN (Access Point Name) list, USB tethering, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.