CyanogenMod 10 on the LG Optimus 2X

By | 2012-11-13

I’ve been running CyanogenMod since I purchased my LG Optimus 2X (P990) phone earlier this year. In fact I bought it specifically so I could run CyanogenMod instead of the factory installed version of Android. I wanted to take advantage of the extra CM features.

For the most part, CM7.x has done well for me. I usually run a nightly build, and put up with some small amount of stability issues and bugs, to be on the cutting edge of newness. CM7 is still based on the Android Gingerbread version with some tweaks. The Ice Cream sandwich version seems to have been jumped over for CM, I think due to LG not releasing a ICS version of the firmware for this model phone. LG finally released a Jelly Bean version (v.4.1.2) and CM started making a CM10 build for the P990.

I’ve tried 3 of the nightly builds for CM10 on my phone, and it works rather poorly, as in buggy and most noticeably incredibly slooooooow! Slow to the point that there is no way to use it on a daily basis. It will work okay for moments, and then not only be sluggish, but every key press or swipe will take several seconds each to register, up to 5 seconds at times let’s say. And it’s inconsistent, works at a reasonable speed for several moments, and then very very slow for a while, and then a moment of normal speed again. Changing the “Governor” setting to “Performance” from “OnDemand” makes no difference. From what I’ve read in various forums, other people are experiencing the same types of issues with CM10 on various phones, not just the LG P990.

Is CM10 not ready for prime-time, or am I having a rare bad experience for some unknown reason? If anyone reading this has a better experience than myself with CM10 on a LG Optimus 2X, I’d love to hear about it. Leave me a comment.


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