CyanogenMod 11 M3 moves towards 'stable' KitKat for 50 devices

CyanogenMod 11 M3 moves towards 'stable' KitKat for 50 devices

Summary: Fans of the popular custom Android ROM CyanogenMod should start getting a more fully-featured KitKat experience with the release of CM11 M3.

TOPICS: Android, Mobile OS

Developers behind alternative ROM CyanogenMod have moved its KitKat-based builds closer to stability with the release of CM11 M3, currently available to download for 50 popular devices.

CyanogenMod users should start to see the integration of features such as a new app launcher and better privacy controls taking shape as the company moves closer to a stable release for its KitKat-based CM11 builds.

"You can see the beginnings of this with the new Privacy Guard feature to control apps from auto-starting, elevating Privacy related features to a new top level category, and even simple items like adding a '+' to the QuickSettings panel to more easily allow customizing those options," CyanogenMod developers announced in a blogpost.

In CyanogenMod's language, its M-series builds are "snapshots", which have fewer bugs and more features than the "nightly" builds. Snapshots are the stage preceding the "release candidate" and "stable" versions of the software. The CM11 M3 snapshot follows the M2 released in January, which aimed to support 65 devices.

Other features in store for the next release include left-handed navigation bar support and more transparency in the SystemUI.

This release also includes a new version of its Trebuchet app launcher, based on the Launcher3 app launcher that came with KitKat for the Open Source Android Project but lacked Google Now integration.

CyanogenMod will fix that with "Google Now-like" features. "We have a lot of cool things planned for Trebuchet, including icon mask support, better themes integration, even experimenting with Google Now-like experiences. Look for that in the next few months," the blogpost said.

CM11 M3 is available for 50 devices, include various versions of Samsung's Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and S2, as well as the HTC One X+, LG Optimus and G2, and Google's line of Nexus devices.

Owners of devices that aren't supported could explore any of the other major ROMs out there, such as AOPK, Paranoid Android and newcomer OmiROM.

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Topics: Android, Mobile OS

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  • Cyanogen is able to fix KitKat for 50 devices

    and Samsung, with all of its resources, is barely able to do it for one or two. Samsung has little respect for its customers!
    • on the up side

      samsung at least doesn't lock bootloaders, which can't be said for most of the OEMs. I've been rocking kit kat on my note 2 for months. of course OEMs should give fast updates, none of that is an excuse, but I appreciate easy system access and ability to flash ROMs.
  • The solution is manufacturers charging for updates ...

    It would not help sell new devices (the primary reason manufacturers are in business), but it is really the only alternative to Cyanogen type projects. The manufacturer's could have a small group which takes a "stock" android approach (which would reduce level of effort) and charges a reasonable amount for the update (to cover some of their costs of long-term support). I have a Google Galaxy Nexus which still works pretty well with latest JellyBean. Hate to throw it away (even to be recycled) as it still has quite a bit of life and throwing it away too soon just means another phone built and thrown away that much more quickly, etc...
    Doubt if the Manufacturer's will ever see this need (unless governments start charging a small excise fee for new devices to steam the tide of phone turnover) so until then, Cynogen looks like it is our best bet.
    Another revenue stream I see for a company like Cynogen is helping customers to repurpose these old devices when they are no longer cutting edge enough to be a primary mobile phone. I am thinking these devices could be repurposed as a dedicated smart controller for home security/monitor or other function. They have enough connectivity and horsepower to do quite a bit if the extras were stripped out of the OS so that only the needed core functionality was running.
  • Bad company name...

    ...given that cyanogen is one of the deadlier poisons. No, I really don't want Cyanogen in my KitKat, thank you.
    John L. Ries
    • Cyanogenmod, not cyanide

      Else a "can" would be as bad as "cancer"
      • Cyanogen, not Cyanide...

        Cyanogen is the chemical compound with the formula (CN)2. It is a colorless, toxic gas with a pungent odor.