Android ROM flashers have reason to celebrate as the CyanogenMod team has released version 7.1 of the popular aftermarket firmware package, with support for a whopping 24 new devices. Built upon Gingerbread 2.3.7, the update brings an extensive collection of new OS tweaks and improvements to 68 different phones and tablets in total, including the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Incredible 2, and Motorola's Droid 2In a demonstration of increasing industry support, the update also runs on all recent Sony Ericsson Xperia phones, thanks to a big assist directly from SE itself. It's part of a larger trend we've seen lately as phone manufacturers realize the modding community provides a unique value-add to their products — Samsung even went so far as to recently hire CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik outright.

Owners of HP's fire sale sweetheart TouchPad also have something to look forward to, as the team has reported that CyanogenMod beta builds are being tested for the device, with a release candidate potentially set to appear in the coming weeks. Check out the detailed list of 7.1 enhancements in CyanogenMod's changelog here, and hit the source for the big release itself.