Taking a breather from all the work on L, we snuck in another M release yesterday against the CM 11.0 (KitKat) branch. This release is less heavy on features, instead focussing on stability for various device trees and security fixes.
Notably on the security topic, this release incorporates the upstream Google patches against last months POODLE vulnerability in SSLv3. You can read more about the POODLE vulnerability on Google’s Security Blog. Users are strongly encouraged to update to the latest available build to keep in line with the latest security patches.
Multi-sim users should also see added improvements throughout the OS experience, and there has been similar polishes of improvements and features throughout the system as we look towards sunsetting CM11; CM12 looms over the horizon.
For those of you hopping between M and nightlies, the branch point was November 3rd.
No doubt the big news at the beginning of November was the release of the Android 5.0 Lollipop source code. AOSP began seeing the code on the 3rd, and completed the majority of the push on the 4th, with some remaining stragglers seeing code uploaded midday on the 12th. Work on CM12 began in earnest at the end of last week, and you can now successfully sync and build the work in progress against a handful of devices.
We are unlikely to enable nightlies against CM12 until towards the end of this month, or early next month, as we work to incorporate the CM features you’ve all come to appreciate into the new code base, and reimagine those that no longer translate to the Material look of L. It is also currently too soon to tell how many devices will transition from 11 to 12, though early traction has this number higher than we had initially hypothesized.
Home builders and community members are welcome to take a peek at the builds at their leisure, just repo init the new branch using the following command:
repo init -u https://github.com/CyanogenMod/android -b cm-12.0
Again, please be aware that not every device is in a ‘daily driver’ state under CM12, and the codebase is nowhere near feature complete. Our contributors are working hard, and our gerrit is aflutter with activity. If all goes well, we’ll have something special to welcome the upcoming holidays and New Year.
-The CyanogenMod Team