Today, Steve Kondik, founder of CM, sent out a little goody that has to make everyone smile just a little. His tweet read – “and we’re off, check back in 2 months “. Typical Steve for ya. This doesn’t mean that a CM9 port will be ready for the masses in January. All it really means is they are working on it and we will all see it someday. It sure would be nice to see some alpha builds out before the end of December, but I won’t hold my breathe. They have done some pretty great things with the HP Touchpad in a fairly short time and they have a team of very talented people. So now we all sit, wait and hit refresh ever couple of weeks to see what the story is.
On a side note, I have seen a lot of people wonder why CM9 is on its way but there was no CM8. The answer to that is pretty simple really. If CM8 would have been possible it would have happened. CM8 would have been Honeycomb. Since that was build specifically for tablets and not really portable to handsets and Google never released the source code, it is being skipped. With Android 4.0, it was designed with both tablets and handsets in mind. Much like CM7.1 is located on various tablets and devices so will CM9.
We will keep an eye out for future news on the availability of nightlies, devices, requirements and all the other goodies you will all want to know when it comes time. Until then, let the guys do their thing and remember, when it does come time to install CM9, it will probably be the only chance your device will have for any ICS love at all.