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.