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Last Week in CyanogenMod

Week Ending: June 19, 2014

“This Week in CyanogenMod” is an ongoing feature that aims to serve as a one-stop shop for weekly updates. Topics discussed are culled from our social media accounts, gerrit, status updates and general thoughts.”

4.4.3, 4.4.4, new features, devices, security, and towels – a jammed packed update this week!

Android 4.4.3

Released in the first week of June, Android 4.4.3 has been fully integrated into CM 11 source. With it came over 7000+ changes! All nightlies build between June 6th and June 18th are based on 4.4.3 code.

Android 4.4.4

Google did a two-for-one this month, and released Android 4.4.4 to address some OpenSSL items this week. CM actually already included these OpenSSL patches right around the time we did the 4.4.3, so 4.4.4 brought little more than a simple version number change. All CM11 nightlies past June 19th are based on this 4.4.4 code, as will be next month’s CM 11 M8 release.

 Towelroot

Also making headlines this past week was the ‘Towelroot’ exploit, said to affect a large amount of Android devices. We are happy to say that the exploit used in Towelroot (futex) was patched for most devices’ kernels the day of public disclosure, June 5th – 10 days ahead of Towelroot’s public release of the exploit.

Devices

Sony

Some long running Sony devices received a substantial update this week, including the T and V variants. If you haven’t checked out the builds recently, now would be a good time to get back on that bandwagon. Many thanks to FXP for their continued support of the platform.

Additionally, support for the Sony Xperia Z2 (sirius) joins our roster of CM11 devices, bringing support for the D6502, D6503, D6506, & D6543.

LG P880

The LG p880 also received an overhaul, thanks to new maintainer Demetris Ierokipides, who has stepped up to take over this device.

Xiaomi Mi2

Another new maintainer – M1cha – brings in the codename ‘aries’ device for CM 11 support. Nightlies for the Mi2 are now available.

Oppo Find 7a

We also kicked off nightlies for Oppo’s Find 7a variant (find7) last week. Please note, this is currently only tested against the Find 7a – if you have the Find 7 QHD, please wait for confirmation on support until attempting to flash. We are expecting to receive some of the QHD units soon, and will begin integration afterwards.

OnePlus One

The newest device on the list of support comes in the form of the OnePlus One (bacon), which was open sourced and added to the nightly roster this month. Note for those of you who are using the retail version of this device with CyanogenMod 11S – the nightlies may release more frequently, but likewise, are prone to additional kinks and do not include some of the closed-source components that arrived with the 11S distribution of CM.

New Features

In addition to addressing the usual series of fixes – this month sees a multitude of new features coming into CM 11.

VPN woes

With Android 4.4.2, there were mass complaints of broken VPN routing in AOSP core. We merged in patches to resolve this for CM 11 M7, however, with the introduction of Android 4.4.3, these patches started doing more harm than good. We have reverted the change in question, so if you were impacted by broken VPN in our 4.4.3 nightlies, this should now be resolved.

Hidden apps meet protected apps

The much loved Trebuchet feature of hiding *ahem* apps you’d rather other people not find, we see the return of hidden apps with a new super-power. Apps can now be hidden per-normal, but the access to these applications can now be protected by a Pattern unlock. Additionally, the hide functionality is no longer just superficial to the launcher – apps now marked as Protected will be hidden from all launchers (including third parties), and even the Settings > Apps list itself. Protected apps will still be available via your multi-tasking recents menu, but the uninstall and clear data options will be blocked until the application is marked as no longer protected.

Got a app (or apps) that you’d rather have protected, but still have immediate access to? We are also introducing protected folders – allowing you to perform the applying of protected status to multiple apps at once, group them to your liking, and have them sit close-by on your home screen, but unreachable to those who don’t know your pattern unlock.

Trebuchet: GEL & CMHome

Also added to the Trebuchet sliding panel is an option for ‘Search panel’. This setting introduces Google Experience Launcher-like behavior, allowing for a custom panel on the far left of your home screen. For now, this merely launches Google Now, and you can exit this back to your home screen by sliding from the right most edge. Eagle-eyed watchers of our gerrit may have seen references to a new ‘CMHome’ concept. This is coming to a build soon, and we will showcase it when it is ready for nightlies.

Heads Up, Thumbs up

Buried inside the Android source code was a reference to a ‘Heads Up’ notification mode – and starting with tonight’s nightlies, we’ve brought that setting to you, with the usual CM enhancements. Heads Up allows for a floating notification to display on top of your current activity, with the full access (eg. Expand, Reply, Interact, etc) that you would expect from a standard notification. This allows for a quick and easy way to read incoming notifications while in otherwise full-screen applications (ie Games). Obviously, no one likes being nagged in the middle of their favorite Youtube video of cats – so we have introduced a ‘Do not disturb’ filter to this functionality. You can select which apps the new Heads Up functionality should not interrupt. 

Pictures are always fun!

Settings Re-org

In our never-ending quest to make sure that CM remains easy to use with the addition of all these features we’ve, once again, re-organized settings for best fit. Trebuchet settings move out of the main settings app, and into the sliding panel as seen in the screenshots above. Gone is the generic “Interface” category – replaced by newly created ‘Status Bar’, ‘Notification Drawer’ and ‘Gestures’ categories. These all should be straight forward and allow you to find your favorite CM features more easily (though you may have to overcome a bit of muscle memory). Other notable moves: Expanded desktop now lives within the Display category; All lock screen items are now in the ‘Lock screen’ category, and duplicate entries in ‘Security’ have been removed; Navigation Bar layouts can now be found with all the other button controls under ‘Buttons’.

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Last Week in CyanogenMod

Week Ending: May 31, 2014

“This Week in CyanogenMod” is an ongoing feature that aims to serve as a one-stop shop for weekly updates. Topics discussed are culled from our social media accounts, gerrit, status updates and general thoughts.”

Preparations for  next week’s release of CM 11 M7 are already underway, as we wrap up a month that saw some big ticket items enter the OS.

Theme Chooser UI

Out with the old, and in with the new – the new Theme Chooser to correspond with the new CM Theme Engine has been merged and available the May nightlies. This chooser allows for users to tap into the new mix and match capabilities afforded by the Cyanogen Inc developed engine. In addition to supporting icon packs from the most popular launchers available, these icons can now be leveraged to theming system components as well, including the Recent apps switcher and Settings>Apps listings. New themes taking advantage of these options are already available via the Play Store and of course, all of your old T-Mobile format themes will continue to work.

Theme Template

For the more creative of you, we’ve also given you a headstart on creating a new theme to call your own. We’ve uploaded a complete Theme Template to assist you in creating and compiling a new theme. We’ll be adding additional documentation, tools and tips as time progresses, but the template is more than enough for you to get started!

Calculator Overhaul

From Play developer and CM contributor Xlythe, the CM calculator has gained some interesting new capabilities, including:

- Floating Calculator
- Google Glass support
- Graphs rewritten from scratch to support equations such as circles
- Panels can be rearranged
- Infinite scrolling option
- Details in top left. Quick toggle for Radians/Degrees
- Button vibration option
- Widget UI updated to match stock apps

This underappreciated app has a lot going on under the hood, be sure to check it out!

Trebuchet Updates

Probably one of the first things you’ll notice if you use the CM launcher is that it is undergoing some heavy modifications to both the UI and the user experience. The settings panel is being moved out of the main Settings app, and more readily available directly from a new slide out panel, with consolidated settings for the home and drawer options. Additionally, on deck for the launcher are:

- Google Experience Launcher-like side panel
- Dynamic Grid resizing and custom grid options
- A new 'protected' app capability (require unlock code to access specified apps)
- Continued refinement of the new UI elements (the grey isn't for everyone)

Performance Profiles

The beginnings of a new feature also made its way into the OS this month, with the introduction of support for performance profiles. This feature will grow over time to include tools for power saving options, low-battery options and for the power-gamers out there, a high power mode. Look for this to develop over the next few months.

Core OS

Features are fine and dandy, but what about the core system? Effort has been put in to identify and address various bugs throughout the system that was reported against the previous M releases. Most notably, low memory devices (eg. those with 512 RAM) should now see less issues as it relates to theming affecting performance. FFMPEG support has been included to add software playback support for many audio formats, including FLAC and DivX. Additionally, Bluetooth support has been improved for various new car audio systems and docks.

As always, if you are on the M releases and have a show-stop issue, please let us know on JIRA. We can’t fix what we are unaware of.

Devices

Newly added support this month comes in the form of the HTC One (m8), Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (mondrianwifi), Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE (n5120) and LG G2 Docomo (l01f). Additionally, support for the jflte device has been expanded to include the I9507, a TDD LTE variant of the Galaxy S4.

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Last Week in CyanogenMod

Week Ending: October 26, 2013

“This Week in CyanogenMod” is an ongoing feature that aims to serve as a one-stop shop for weekly updates. Topics discussed are culled from our social media accounts, gerrit, status updates and general thoughts.

DroidCon UK

Shane and I just wrapped up the DroidCon weekend and have to say we had a blast! The event offered a unique opportunity for us to communicate with users, device manufactures, network operators, and application developers all in one place, giving a great insight to the larger Android community outside of the custom OS space. We were treated great, welcomed with open arms (even if we didn’t fit into the traditional ‘app developer’ mold) and being asked to give the Keynote was an honor (we’ll link the video when it becomes available). Shout-out to the organizers and sponsors for the event – looking forward to next year!

Intel SDP

Intel’s representatives sat with us for a quick chat at DroidCon and graciously gave us one of their Software Development Platforms! The special Galaxy Tab 3.0 went home with Shane and he will (hopefully) use it as a head-start on adding x86 support into CM. Watch this space for more in the future.

New devices

Last week saw the addition of 6 new devices: Moto X (3 variants) and the Sony Xperia SP went in on Monday and Tuesday saw the addition of two variants of the LG G2.

Iconia Tab A700 status update

The a700 jumped to 10.2 nightlies (previously only 10.1).

10.2 M1 Preparations

We’re gearing up for the initial ‘release’ of CM 10.2 and with that will come a code freeze in the near future (possibly even this coming week). Be sure to follow the G+ page (or Twitter) for updates when this takes effect.

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This Week in CyanogenMod

Week Ending: September 28, 2013

“This Week in CyanogenMod” is an ongoing feature that aims to serve as a one-stop shop for weekly updates. Topics discussed are culled from our social media accounts, gerrit, status updates and general thoughts

Now that the dust from last week has been settled, we got back to what we do – code, releases, and devices.

10.1.3 Released

We pushed out the general release for CM 10.1.3, our last major release based on Android 4.2.2 code. The 10.1 will go into a perma-freeze, and we will shift focus to only working on 10.2+ code.

Big Android BBQ is coming

As October 10th approaches, we are getting excited for the BABBQ! We have talks and presentations, items for giveaways, and of course the CM sponsored party! This year’s BBQ is shaping up to be the biggest one yet!

New devices added

We welcomed a handful of devices this week and a couple of new maintainers. New devices this week include the Verizon HTC One (m7vzw), Galaxy S4 Mini Euro 3g (serrano3gxx), Galaxy Express AT&T (expressatt), and Exhilarate i577 (exhilarate). A hearty welcome to new maintainers something15525, Flyhalf205 and carsdriver as well!

Privacy Guard 2.0

Privacy Guard got an overhaul, tying into the AppOps capability Google sneaked into Android 4.3. This allows additional functionality to revoke different permissions – something many have been asking for since CM9. We’ve spotted a handful of additional patches to enhance AppOps on CAF, including  data and bluetooth controls, and a new ‘ask’ setting. It looks like Google is building out this functionality as some sort of Enterprise device management tool. Interesting stuff is likely to be expected for this in the future and we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop.

CM + OPPO

By now, you’ve likely heard that there will be a CM Edition of the Oppo N1, and Steve (cyanogen) was in Beijing for the announcement this week. We had a bit of fun showing off the phone, and OPPO responded in kind. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us to get the device ready, but we are moving along steadily.

Installer Previews and beta testing

We started giving out access to the installer to various press outlets, and the responses have been great! Geek.com did a live hangout and demo and AndroidPolice got their hands on it as well! Even the community got in on the action

We’ve also started accepting people into a beta program to try the program out on their own. Koush has setup a post on G+ with the requirements and steps on how to apply. Check it out if you are interested in helping!

cLock Now in Play Store

One of the best parts of supporting the community is being able to showcase the talent and hard work of developers. Over the years, CM has been an awesome platform to get your work noticed, and cLock has been no exception. It’s primary developer David van Tonder (dvtonder) has put up his own version onto the Play Store. Of course he’ll continue to develop and support the CM version, but now your friends/family that don’t use CM can enjoy a bit of CM functionality!

Branching out social

To prevent our social media streams from being overrun we’ve split the Cyanogen Inc. and CyanogenMod community social accounts. You can add Cyanogen Inc. on Twitter, Facebook, and on Google+. The “CyanogenMod” accounts will continue to be used to present community centric information – the new accounts will focus on the business side, and this wrap-up will continue to provide a combination of the two.

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This Week in CyanogenMod

Week Ending: September 13, 2013

“This Week in CyanogenMod” is an ongoing feature that aims to serve as a one-stop shop for weekly updates. Topics discussed are culled from our social media accounts, gerrit, status updates and general thoughts.

It’s Friday the 13th – hope you aren’t superstitious.

Big Android BBQ Madness!

With general admission tickets ending this week was packed full of #babbq news. Up first, OPPO announced their contest to win a FREE trip to the Big Android BBQ. With your trip paid for you could enjoy the BBQ and party like crazy at the Official Party! We are excited to be the Official Sponsors of the Official Party – check out the snazzy flier!

Steve (cyanogen), Koush (koush) and Drew (utkanos) also did a hangout with the BABBQ team talking about CM and what’s next for the project. The recorded hangout is available for those that couldn’t watch live.

More Devices!

We announced a handful of devices this week, including the Xperia Z Ultra, HTC Droid DNA, LG Optimus G Pro (GSM), Motorola Atrix 2, and 3 variants of the LG Optimus G. What a week!

CM Account 

We began shipping CM Account in the nightly 10.2 builds this week, enabling secure find and wipe capabilities for your devices. We received a lot of requests to enable this for 10.1.3′s final release, so we investigating that and making sure there are no bugs we missed. We’ll likely end up including it for you 10.1.3 users as well.

Reddit AMA 

A while back, there was an Ask Me Anything (AMA) request for the CM folks. Next Wednesday, September 18th at 11:30am PST we will be following through on that request with Steve, Koush and myself taking part in an AMA. We’re even on the official /r/IAmA schedule! Make sure to come out and vote for the questions you want answered. Fair warning though, asking about device support is likely to be down-voted, so try to stay clear of that question ;)

Nemesis 

While Nemesis is multi-pronged, we gave a hint towards one of the upcoming features. Can you figure it out?

“The internet may blow up” 

That was the phrase Steve chose to use in the BABBQ hangout when asked about what we had planned for next. No spoilers here though, else Koush might hunt me down on one of his yachts. :)

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This Week in CyanogenMod

Week Ending: September 06, 2013

“This Week in CyanogenMod” is an ongoing feature that aims to serve as a one-stop shop for weekly updates. Topics discussed are culled from our social media accounts, gerrit, status updates and general thoughts.

September is here, its going to be a busy month for us and this week was just the start.

CM 10.1.3 RC2 

Continuing on the path to closing out the CM 10.1 code, we released our second release candidate this week. You can flash this on top of the RC1 without issues, just don’t try to flash it on top of 10.2 nightlies.

KitKat? 

Android 4.4′s name was announced, but that was all that was announced. Like most of you, we would also like to get to work the new Android version, but until that source code is made public, there isn’t anything for us to do but wait and eat some chocolate.

LG Optimus G Pro 

Ricardo (arcee) was kind enough to link up a custom recovery for this device, might come in handy for a few of you soon :)

HTC One Mini 

Adding to our ever growing device list, Negri Electronics stepped up to help out yet again, this time sending us the One Mini. Stay tuned for ‘codename: m4′ builds to be released. The Negri team has been great to work with and we appreciate their support of CM and the community.

Trebuchet Icon Support (round 2)

Adding on to the ‘theme icon pack’ support from last week, a patch is now on Gerrit to allow per-shortcut selection of icons. As of now, it is up for review, but should hit the nightlies soon.

When boot animations attack! 

The nightlies from 9/6 broke almost universally. This has been patched since.

Nemesis 

We haven’t forgotten, more is coming ;)

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