Call for response: File Manager Redesign

Over the past couple of weeks we have given you insights into some of our proposed design changes across both Messaging and the Dialer Instant Contact Card. It has been great hearing your feedback, learning what you like and dislike. You’ll be happy to know that many of these suggestions are being reflected in the final product. Today, we’re excited to share with you our proposed File Manager experience.

File Manager has been a core part of the CyanogenMod portfolio, but has typically been an app that only advanced users use. We conducted a survey in March that indicated that by far the largest user complaint is the app’s unintuitive UI, especially when it comes to moving files around the system. In addition to this, the usage of cloud storage has increased over the years, and we wanted to enhance the platform and file manager experience with a tight integration to these services.

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Latest updates to CM 12.1

Over the past few weeks, contributions led by Jorge Ruesga (jruesga) and aided by Danny Baumann (maniac103) have added some much needed, and loved, features to CyanogenMod 12.1 nightlies.

Imap push enhancements

One of the most requested  features requested from Google since the ICS days was the implementation of the IMAP IDLE protocol to the stock Email app. The IMAP IDLE protocol (RFC 2177) is an extension to the IMAPv4 specification that allows for receiving email changes (new emails or modification/deletions of the current existing ones) as soon as they happen or are detected by the email server. This is accomplished by maintaining an active connection that allows the server to push notifications about these changes to email clients. Maintaining an idle connection to the server will reduce the overhead of polling the server every ‘n’ minutes, which leads to a better overall battery and networking usage performance.

In recent CM12.1 nightlies the …

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Release extravaganza: CM 11.0 and 12.0 Final

AKA “The Phantom Release”

As we look forward to Android M’s release later this year and continue work to integrate the latest from Android 5.1.1_r5 (released yesterday), we are finalizing the branches of CM11.0 and CM12.0. They have seen improved stability and security fixes over the past few months, but little in the way of further development as the focus shifted to CM12.1.

Tonight, the final snapshot releases of both 11.0 and 12.0 are going live – available in sequence as they are built out by our Jenkins instance.

Why another CM11 build? Rather surprisingly, many users have been slow to upgrade to L – whether due to the lack of a snapshot release or adverse reaction to the Material design, we don’t know. The meager stats that we have show that there is a rather large contingency of users who are sticking to CM11 as their release channel of choice, so we felt compelled …

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Call for response: Dialer Instant Contact Card

We were incredibly pleased with the feedback on the Messaging app redesign – your feedback there is already being incorporated into updated designs and ideas around the app. Today, we’re here going to discuss a relatively smaller change to the Dialer/Contacts card.

In a change from last week, and to more actively centralize this and future feedback, we’ve spun up a mailing list on Google Groups. The list is invite only for spam protection purposes, but is open for all to request access and join. Please provide the requested response when applying to the group. This group will be used for technical and design discussions surrounding CyanogenMod and should not be used as a forum/user-help/device request area – such posts will be deleted and the user removed without further warning. To join the group, apply here.

We’re looking to introduce a new quick contact card to the CyanogenMod Project. The quick contact card …

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Call for response: Messaging Redesign

Thursday, bsxtn gave you an introduction to the Cyanogen Design team. Today, they would like to present their vision for a Messaging app redesign, and want your opinion on the direction.

We want to build a refresh of the Messaging app which will be included in the CyanogenMod project. The Messaging app will handle SMS, MMS, and Group messages, while providing integration to a relaunched WhisperPush Service. Optionally, Cyanogen OS users will be able to use the TrueCaller integration to view caller ID information and block spammers.

Background: In November, we conducted a survey of our users on Google+ and Facebook. Of our CyanogenMod users, 66% reported sending at least one SMS message per day. Moreover, SalesForce via a commissioned study, reported that 90% of users in the US sent at least one SMS message per day. In the same Cyanogen Messaging Survey, 32% of our users reported using either the stock messaging app …

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CM Thread Throwdown Announcement

Many of you are likely familiar with the “I void warranties” shirt from 2014 – a popular item featuring hometown hero Cid that many proudly sport. Now we’re ready to come up with a fresh new design for 2015, and we want to see what crazy fun ideas the community has up their sleeves!

Introducing the CM Thread Throwdown!

The Thread Throwdown is simple – submit a design and if your design is voted tops by the community, your design will become the next CM community t-shirt! We will be printing up shirts and doing a free giveaway after the Thread Throwdown finishes and the top design is picked. The shirt will also be submitted to Teespring so that any one interested in purchasing one may do so as well. No profits will be made off of the shirts or designs. Please be aware that …

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