Google Nexus 9-5

Already bored with stock Android on your Nexus 9 tablet? For the first time since the slate's debut last November, an official CyanogenMod 12 ROM is now available.

Accessible from the CyanogenMod downloads page, and weighing in at just over 283MB, the Nexus 9's first CM12 ROM is a "nightly" build. That means it's very much a work in progress, and it's likely to contain a few bugs and other instabilities that could render certain features unusable.

Stable CM12 releases will be available for the device later, but if you don't mind running pre-release software — and you really, really can't wait any longer to get CyanogenMod on your Nexus 9 — then you have the nightly option.

As always, you will need an unlocked bootloader and a custom recovery on your Nexus 9 to flash this software, and if you don't already have these things, it will mean wiping your device's storage. Be sure to backup your data, then, and proceed with caution.

CM12 for the Nexus 9 comes with everything you would expect from a CyanogenMod ROM; the overall experience will be much the same — CM is based on pure Android, after all — but you get added extras like the CM Theme Engine, the ability to tweak audio effects, and lots more.