More Stagefright

The issue described in the the latest publication of Stagefright issues (link) has been patched in source for CM 10.1 -> 12.1. Nightlies for 12.1 beginning tonight (~2hours) will include this fix, in addition to all the other exploits that came as a result of Stagefright and DefCon/Blackhat.

On the topic of 10.1 & 10.2, while these have been patched for this particular series of issues, we do not intend to issue a new release for these branches – the patches are there more so to protect derivative ROMs that use our source as base code.

We will be releasing another stable version of 11.0 and 12.0 (as well as a stable 12.1 release) with all of these fixes (and more) by the end of this month. More on that in a separate post.

Update to Cyanogen Platform SDK



Update to Cyanogen Platform SDK

Written by Adnan Begovic, In Developer

After the announcement of the Platform SDK in May we had a healthy amount of interest from users, CyanogenMod community developers, and third party Android developers. Since then we’ve had a stable release of the first version of the SDK, created further infrastructure to enable easier accessibility and maintenance, and expanded on the features available to third party app developers.

As a recap for release notes, the CM SDK hit a stable branching point for 12.1 on June 22nd, 2015. With this stable branching we’ve introduced a prebuilts repo which can be utilized to reference prebuilt, statically linkable java archives that match the current stable release. Likewise we’ve also updated the platform sdk’s wiki to detail everything from the downloading and including the jar in your own applications to …

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Update To Instant Contact Card

We received a ton of great responses from the community regarding our contact card proposal, so we wanted to share with you a few additional contact card options based on your feedback. The initial contact card proposal was designed to optimize for the majority of users who do not have contact photos or high resolution contact photos. The secondary goal was to create a UX affordance that allows up to 5 options on the card while making those options easily reachable. After much discussion, we identified support for hi-res images as a third goal.


Due to the complexity of supporting multiple layouts, as well as consistency between low res and hi res cards, we would like to only support one layout for contact cards. We also want to preserve the original photo. We listened to your feedback and put together the additional options below.


Option 1: This is the …

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Developer Spotlight: A Moment With Jorge Ruesga

Welcome to our second Developer Spotlight, a short Q & A with community staff. This is our way of taking a moment to recognize the many talented developers who contribute to one of the largest community driven open source projects around.

Jorge Ruesga is a contributor/feature developer, on the User Interface and User Experience team, for the CyanogenMod community. He has been a core contributor to the project since 2012 with hundreds of contributions, including dynamic live tiles. He currently works as a J2EE Architect in Spain.

You are one of the developers on the Asus TF700T and other Transformer devices, how do you find time to work on dynamic live tiles and maintain a device?

I just helped out dasunsrule32 and the others transformer guys with some UI/UX features for these devices, like dock battery or the custom keys handling of the dock keyboard. In my daily contributions, I work …

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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.

With …

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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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