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A couple of days back, we learned that nightly builds of CyanogenMod 10.1 for Galaxy S4 had become available to those owning the aforementioned mighty device. Such has been the work ethic of the CyanogenMod team, that today, CM10.1 has gotten release candidate for select devices. As long-time users will know, the release candidate is the version dropped prior to the final release, and so provided no major issues are found here, it’s fair to presume that an official, final release of CM10.1 may not be too far off.

A painstaking amount of time and effort goes into preparing each and every new CyanogenMod version for general consumption, including countless nightly builds and man hours sacrificed by willing volunteers. I have to say, with CM10.1, there seems an even more zest and enthusiasm in getting the final builds ready than usual, and today’s release candidate will certainly appease those who haven’t felt brave enough to tackle the less stable nightlies.

CyanogenMod 10.1 is a much cleaner and smoother affair than previous releases, and as ever, it’s not bundled with a bunch of unnecessary extras. CyanogenMod is certainly not the only aftermarket firmware available to Droidsters, but it is one of the lightest, and for those seeking a no-frills, functional experience, you will struggle to find better than CM10.1.

The release candidate spans a plethora of Android smartphones and tablets, including Google’s popular Nexus 7 slate and Nexus 4 smartphone.

Explaining the use of the term "release candidate," the team behind the custom ROM had this to say via the announcement:

We haven’t used the ‘Release Candidate’ nomenclature since the ICS days, but we feel the 10.1 branch is quickly approaching the point where a ‘final’ build is due. To prepare for that eventuality, RC1 builds for CyanogenMod 10.1.0 are now landing on our servers!

The release notes also states that RC1 release will almost certainly be the last before an official CM10.1.0 is released. So, if you want to get involved, please check for the compatibility of your device, and before long, you’ll be able to get flashing. Most of the common devices appear to be supported, and a full list can be found at the source link below.

You can download CyanogenMod 10.1 RC1 Android 4.2.2 for a number of popular devices such as Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S3, HTC One X, and more from here: get.cm

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