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The most popular custom aftermarket firmware CyanogenMod is seeing a big update today. In an post published over on their official blog, the CyanogenMod team has released the first Release Candidate (RC) of CyanogenMod 7.2.

CyanogenMod 7.2 adds a handful of new features such as support for notable new devices (Galaxy Ace/Mini/Epic, Optimus Black/3D/Hub/Pro/Sol/One, Motorola Atrix, Sony Ericsson Xperia Live/Pro/Active and Huawei U8150), support for OMAP3/4 devices, a T9 predictive Phone dialer, ICS transition animations and updated translations to name a few things. If you wish to install it, check out our step by step guide after the break!

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From the CyanogenMod Blog:

We’ve been delaying it for too long, mostly because new devices kept being submitted to us, and now we feel that at 69 70 devices, CM7.2 is more than ready for everybody to enjoy :D

DISCLAIMER: Redmond Pie is not to be held responsible for any loss of data as a result of the malfunctioning of your smartphone/tablet in the following of this guide.

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Step 1: Download the ZIP of CyanogenMod 7.2 RC1 from here. Each of the 69 supported devices has a separate ZIP, so be sure to confirm your device’s name first and then download the right file. Flashing the wrong file can have disastrous consequences.

Step 2: Transfer the ZIP to directly under /sdcard on your device.

Step 3: Turn off your device.

Step 4: Now, by pressing and holding a specific combination of buttons, you must boot into ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery. This combination is different for different devices, so search for your device’s combination on Google.

Step 5: After entering CWM, take a nandroid backup. This will come handy later on if you wish to revert to your earlier set-up.

Step 6: From main menu, select wipe data / factory reset. This will wipe all personal data from your device.

Similarly, select wipe cache and wipe Dalvik cache from under advanced menu.

Step 7: From main menu, navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard and select the file you transferred to /sdcard in Step 1.

Step 8: After flashing, simply select reboot system now from main menu.

If you follow the steps properly, your device will now boot into CyanogenMod 7.2 RC1 based on Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread.

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