Google’s latest tablet, the HTC built Nexus 9, is proving to be a great device for many users. It comes with Google’s vanilla flavor of Android, now up to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, but there is now another option out there for you. Cyanogen Inc. has released CyanogenMod 12 nightlies for the Nexus 9.
The official support for the Nexus 9 is a welcome addition to the available custom ROMs out there. Of course, as we’ve discussed a few times in the last couple weeks, CyanogenMod 12 nightlies are the alternative ROM maker’s beta stream, a stable release of CM 12 is still not available. You should expect to see a few hiccups here and there, but we understand things are running fairly well at this point.
CM 12 is based on Android Lollipop as well, meaning that flashing to this new OS should not be a drastic change from your current stock Android 5.0.2 Lollipop experience. Do remember that you’ll need an unlocked bootloader and a custom recovery to continue. Luckily, Nexus devices are well supported for this sort of stuff, if something goes wrong, flashing back to stock is rarely a difficult task.
As you know, CyanogenMod 12 (unlike CyanogenMod 11) is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, so you’ll still get Material Design and the other benefits of Google’s latest official release with this build. That said, it’s worth remembering that this is a very early version of the software, so if you go ahead and flash it, don’t expect it to run perfectly (this can be said about basically any build of CM 12 currently).
Flashing CyanogenMod (or any ROM) requires an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery, but that’s no problem on a Nexus device. If something goes sideways, you can almost always just flash a full system image to get things working again.