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PSA: Device Updates – M9, Jewel and Moto

With the release of CM11 M9 over the weekend, this is a perfect opportunity to touch base on a couple of device support related items, and information that may be relevant to many of you.

Device status roster

One of the more common questions asked after every M-release is with regards to the status of any one particular device in general – usually one that missed the M release mark. To help give you a central place to  check up on this information, we’ve created the Device Status page on our wiki. This page will be updated alongside each monthly release to include an assessment of currently supported devices and what (if any) reasons prevented its release for that particular month. This can be simply because of time constraints for your maintainers or something more severe such as known blockers and bugs.

Jewel

Some of you may have noticed that jewel was pulled from …

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CyanogenMod 11.0 M9 Released

Another month, another release to mark the occasion – today we fire off the builds for CM11 M9. The M9 build incorporates changes from June 31st through its branch date on Sunday July 27th.

This release marks the first ever (non-nightly) release for the Xperia Z2 ‘sirius’, Xperia Z2 Tablets ‘castor’ and the HTC One ‘m8′ – kudos to their maintainers and all the other maintainers that bring you these releases every month! As a reminder, the best way to help them continue to provide solid releases is to report bugs to our JIRA instance.

Changelog: * Themes support for additional UI elements * Heads Up Notifications – Bug Fixes * Lockscreen – Allow doubletap to sleep when using secure keyguard * Torch – Improve performance * Safe Headset Volume – prompt when interfering with 3rd party device (Jawbone, Square, etc) * Center clock support * Quick Settings – respect locale changes …

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CyanogenMod 11.0 M8 Released

Not to be confused with the device from the makers of humongous tinfoil catamarans, the M8 release of CyanogenMod 11.0 is well under way. Builds began last night, and will continue into today. In lieu of posting a changelog, you can learn more about the majority of changes via our last recap post.

A quick FAQ for those common questions asked:

When was M8 branched?  The M8 code was branched to stable on June 30th and is based on Android 4.4.4. What is the last ‘safe’ nightly I can upgrade from? The last nightly you can upgrade from without chance of issues is June 29th. I didn’t see/know there were such considerations as #1 and #2, and now Settings is crashing – what can I do? Clear the data for the Settings app – this can be accessed via the recents menu (long press the Settings multitask item). Why is #3 happening? By being on …

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The “L” is for Later

By now, Android fans and fanatics alike have seen the next version of Android previewed at Google IO, released as a developer preview for select Nexus devices, and now, the developer preview code is making its way to AOSP trees.

“So let’s get the flood-gates started on CM 12!” – right? No

A new wrinkle, but same old same old

Google’s early release and access is something they have never done before, and it is going to wildly help developer adoption of the new L platform; this is exciting to see happen. However, this doesn’t take away the fact that the code, being a preview, is non-final and likely going to change. No one outside of Google knows how much change this means – it could be minor, or it could be substantial. We could spend the next 3 weeks working on integrating CM features against this new platform, and then have it suddenly change …

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Cyanogen names key members of the leadership team

This morning the Cyanogen Inc. team put out a press release announcing some of their recent hires as it relates to their leadership team. Normally this information wouldn’t relate much to the community side of things, but I think some of the names involved, and where their experiences, would be of interest to some of you.

Below is the press release in its unaltered form, as written by Kirt McMaster:

When Steve and I decided to form a company around the CyanogenMod Open Source project in 2012… both of us had wild ambitions to take on the world… and create an Android that knows no bounds… made for the user… and in many ways made for us. The “OS we would like to use”… no restraint… infinite possibility.

As we go from 1.2B Android smartphones today to over 5B in the next 5 years the thought of innovation slowing and mobile reaching its zenith is …

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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 …

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