CyanogenMod

Milestone builds more stable than nightlies, but not yet ready for prime time

M4 builds of CM 11 are getting pushed to servers tonight, according to a blog post from the folks over at CyanogenMod. The change log looks a little bit like this —

  • Immersive Mode – prevent accidental clicks on swipe gesture (EdgeGesture service)
  • Bluetooth LE – Wipower SDK apis, various fixes
  • System NavBar – Left Hand mode (landscape only – not available on tablets)
  • Motion Accelerometer support (device dependant)
  • Volume Panel – transparency support
  • Translations – new language additions, localization and long-string fixes
  • MediaPlayer – new apis for Suspend/Resume
  • CM Easter Egg
  • QuickSettings – volume Tile sync fix, Quick Config, Alarm tile shows alarms, User Profile fix
  • Recent Apps Panel – low-end device tweaks
  • Theme Engine – Fix crashes
  • Performance – Speed up booting on multi-core devices, add option to force high-end graphics option on low-end devices
  • Trebuchet – decouple icon mask and background (should fix some icon packs)
  • Settings – multiple hands-free device support
  • Privacy Guard – confirm on permission reset
  • Profiles – add expanded desktop support

The files are populating the download servers right now, and will continue through the night. You'll be able to find yours at CyanogenMod's download page when it's uploaded.

Source: CyanogenMod

 
There are 43 comments

anthonok says:

Left CM for Omni when they borked Bluetooth and my pebble became useless when using the ROM.

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Gonna throw this on my manta tomorrow hopefully!

-Moto X-

kaiser10123 says:

Night lies been find for me on g pad 8.3 except for autorotate not working

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sddfdds says:

Anyone have a rough ballpark guess about how close we're getting to a final release? My poor abandoned galaxy nexus is ready to move on from stock but would really prefer to jump in and make the switch once its final /stable.

Hunter2014 says:

You should try Omnimetal. A friend of mine runs it on his GNex and swears by it

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squiddy20 says:

My rough guess is a couple more months. We haven't even seen one Release Candidate (RC) build for CM 11. There's usually 2 of those before a Stable build rolls out (more or less depending on amount of bugs left, if a new Android version is released, etc).

Running CM 11 M4 snapshot on my Verizon galaxy nexus right now and it's stable. Bluetooth metadata still not added but that's all I've noticed.

TechNut79 says:

What is that awesomeness that Jerry is holding in his hand?!

I think it's an Oppo N1, the CyanogenMod version. The camera swivels around which I don't think many or any phones have done before.

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UJ95x says:

That is correct :)

Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2

bigtnew says:

My ancient lg cu500 did. Loved that camera

Posted via my hTc one with a cracked screen!

Mmmm. Nothing like installing a untested rom on a otherwise perfectly working phone. Kind of like taking the engine out of your car and putting one in that some guy you don't know built in his garage out of spare parts

someguy01234 says:

BS.

NoNexus says:

not really, that is a pretty apt description if you think about it objectively

seanjenkins says:

I agree when it comes to most roms, but I think cm has become established and trusted enough for that analogy to be a little harsh

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UJ95x says:

CM has never been a very good ROM (battery life sucks, lots of bugs) if you ask me, but they are good trailblazers. A lot of the ROMs that I think are a lot better, are CM-based.

Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2

Actually for CyanogenMod has saved my devices numerous times, often I find that they have placed in bug fixes that the manufacturer never got around to. Also they install or have far more functionality then stock ROMs do to. An example would be zRAM, swap space both partitioned and a file. They also usually offer better governors etc, the list goes on, my personal favorite is privacy guard being built in. They try to listen to Google and keep in good standing with them so some options are limited (like cornerstone) because Google threatens to consider them a fork. Another good thing with flashing ROMs in general is being able to unbrick your device, you kind of learn how to along the way. Personally I love the functions of CyanogenMod and I hope someday they will include cornerstone or xposed framework because I like multi window but I would like it built in. Hopefully Google will let them. There may better ROMs out there to some people, but if they are not trailblazing their own stuff well, they owe some of that credit to the CyanogenMod team.

MERCDROID says:

I think we're getting to the point where ROMs are starting to have diminishing returns. What I mean is: Android has certainly evolved to where ROMs are no longer "needed" to have a good experience.

I think, the only people that still use custom ROMs are either:

(A) people whose handset is no longer officially supported and that can't afford to shell out the money for a new device.

(B) people that have come to flash ROMs out of habit and really like the novelty of it.

(C) people that like the hardware, but don't like the currently available software overlays (TouchWiz, Sense, etc.).

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

Amir47 says:

People who fucking hate bloat. Although root and titanium could remedy that instead of a ROM.

People who like modifying the crap out of their phones but root and xposed can remedy that as well.

So realistically all you need is root, recovery, and some apps

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MERCDROID says:

+1

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

DWR_31 says:

Can we talk about the bloat that is deeply embedded within the factory ROMS?
You know, the stuff that you remove and the factory ROM goes all wonky.

Posted via my SPARK enabled Sprint LG G2, that's constantly laughing at my wife's T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 with borked sdcard support on 4.4.2...

eahinrichsen says:

Agreed. CyanogenMod was absolutely indispensable back in the days of Eclair through Ice Cream Sandwich, even if you had currently supported, up-to-date devices. Since Jelly Bean, though, stock Android has been feature-rich enough and has allowed for enough customization that I haven't seen a ton of use for it.

I think your point A is the biggest deal. My brother's still got an HTC Sensation, and putting CM10 on it made a WORLD of difference over the garbage version of ICS that was officially pushed out.

someguy01234 says:

No, custom roms are only getting more popular, albeit small margin, but it is increasing in its context. The number haven't decreased.

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I actually meant my post above for you

tdizzel says:

Objective thinking is not allowed on this site

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MERCDROID says:

Nope, lol.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

someguy01234 says:

Objectivity is not always correct.
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Amir47 says:

It was a terrible analogy IMO.

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someguy01234 says:

If you do it correctly you will get a stable device with everything working. Lots of time it's down to the users to implement it correctly. It's down to experience. You may criticize it for not being user friendly to install, but that was not the original arguement. Functionally it is still stable and reliable as long as you install the stable version and its gapps correctly. How do you know the battery life or stability issue is also present in stock rom and is the fault of the user?
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I'm not trying to be an a**hole, but your comparing flashing a rom which takes about 10 minutes, to swapping a motor in a vehicle, which could take days and cost thousands. And if you make a backup in recovery, which you should, you can restore your original rom if you don't like CM. It's really not that big of a deal.

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jjamesv says:

Sort of. The difference IMHO would be that in your example an auto engine built from scratch would be a huge undertaking and hugely more complicated.

In the case of CM (and et al) it's more like dropping a manufacturer spec'd engine in a new car. ROMers are tinkering with a fully realized OS. Their real challenge is getting the motor mounts and the transmission lined up, or in other words the Bluetooth stack, boot.IMG, radios, battery, etc.

The Nightlies can be hit or miss, but I'm running 10.2 on an Verizon HTC One and- my lying eyes be damned -it seems pretty stable.

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Paola1993 says:

Yeah, used it once on a Samsung S and it crashed like crazy. And I only had WhatsApp installed.

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Wouldn't it be closer to taking the engine out of your car, and replacing it with one made from the manufacturer supplied parts by qualified technicians and mechanics, some of whom work for the manufacturer or did work for the manufacturer as their day job?

Sometimes it's like giving your phone a shot of NOS.

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David Horgan says:

I'm glad CM is getting good press. Its not my cup of tea ROM. But still a very good ROM.

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LB LB says:

Question about the immersive mode (called "full screen" if I remember correctly) of CM:
for devices that already have physical navigation buttons, does it mean they are blocked?

if so, that's really cool.

nwwolf1 says:

Anyone else having a screen of death issue on 4.4 ROMs because of WiFi? I can't find a fix at all. On vzw gs4

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eahinrichsen says:

Can you be more specific? Do you mean your phone resets every time you connect to wifi? Toggle wifi? Download big files over wifi?

I haven't had any wifi issues with CM11, but I have only installed it on my Nexus 7, which I use sparingly.

evostudios says:

I used to use cm on my previous phone but, haven't since I got my Nexus 5. THIS feature: "System NavBar – Left Hand mode" makes me want to flash it! I wish Google would implement this feature.

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calvin35 says:

CM is just to conservative. Now that they've gone commercial they are not adding any new features. Double tap to sleep is the only one I can think of.

When is this update going OTA? Someone kindly let me know.

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It will not be released OTA, just download it ans flash it. Wipe cache and Dalvik before flashing and you will be alright

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worldfoot says:

I left CM for a while but have come back because I want KK on my Gnex. I updated to the latest maguro M4 and everything was fine until I figured out I could not get into android settings any more. I tried every work around I could but in the end had to flash back to my recovery (M2). Not happy but it is the first problem I have ever had with CM all the way back to my N1. Buying an N5 next week and hate to say it...but its staying stock for now.