Cyanogenmod 7.1 on Motorola Defy

Cyanogenmod 7.1 was released this past Monday. This release is especially exciting for me, 7.1 brings official support to my Motorola Defy! Motorola Defy+ isn’t yet officially supported by Cyanogenmod, but I believe folks are working on it.

Lots of new devices are supported by Cyanogenmod 7.1. Other than the Motorola Defy, some other supported devices are the Motorola Droid 2, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Cliq / Cliq XT, Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy S2, and many others. There’s also a number of devices in beta, those include Pyramid, Doubleshot, Shooter, HP Touchpad and Optimus 3D. A list of all the newly supported devices can be found at the end of this post.
I flashed 7.1 to my Defy last night. Prior to Cyanogenmod 7.1 stable, I was running a nightly from a couple weeks back. The nightly build was extremely stable and I didn’t have any issues other than the proximity sensor not always working correctly. With the 7.1 update the proximity sensor seems to be fixed. The screen turns on when I move my phone away from my head.

If you’ve got a Motorola Defy, I really suggest you give Cyanogenmod 7.1 a try. It’s very much worth it, and getting it onto your phone is a lot easier than it may seem at first. The benefits are too many to list. I’m just amazed at how much smoother my Defy runs than it does on stock T-Mobile/Motorola Froyo. Animations and screen transitions are incredibly smooth and fluid.

You can find screenshots of my Defy running CM7.1 in the gallery below. I’m using the JAMT White Gradient CM7 theme by ClassicalGas, and the ADW theme is Android Honeycomb by Creative Themez.

Newly Supported Devices:

  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Incredible 2
  • LG Optimus 2X and T-Mobile G2x
  • Motorola Backflip (Motus)
  • Motorola Cliq / Cliq XT
  • Motorola Defy
  • Motorola Droid 2
  • Motorola Droid X
  • Samsung Captivate
  • Samsung Fascinate
  • Samsung Mesmerize
  • Samsung Showcase
  • Samsung Vibrant
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 (multiple carriers)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
  • ZTE V9

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10 thoughts on “Cyanogenmod 7.1 on Motorola Defy

  1. I Love The Mod But Only Question Is That I Have No Android App Market On My Motorola Defy.. Plz Reply ASAP!!!

  2. If this is performed, I assume it wipes the apps installed. Does it also wipe settings (Wifi connections etc), contacts, texts?

    (essentially, does it completely change the internal phone memory, or does it update in place)

    1. PSan, it does wipe the apps installed, it wipes everything pretty much. However, if you add your Google Account after flashing to Cyanogenmod, the Market should sync all your apps.

      You can also use a third party market app like AppBrain.

      It will wipe everything, so make sure you backup your contacts, texts, whatever else you don’t want lost.

      I suggest Titanium Backup or MyBackup Root.

  3. Just wanted to say thanks Tyler, I was also missing the Google Market and your post was the first one that showed me how to get it!

    Love Cyanogen so far, I admit – its fabulous!

    1. Glad it helped Nico.

      I’m very impressed with Cyanogenmod. I was even able to convince my wife to put it on her phone (she has a defy too). She’s pretty picky about her phone, and she’s even been extremely happy with Cyanogenmod.

      Can’t wait until the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich source code is release so the Cyanogenmod team can start building Cyanogenmod9 on Ice Cream Sandwich.

      Do you have a Defy or some other Android phone?


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