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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CyanogenMod 11.0 M7 Released

Release day is here again, with CM 11.0 M7 hitting the download servers. Last week’s post included the highlights from the changelog, but we’ll it again for those of you who prefer tl;dr.

* Common: Theme Chooser UI Overhaul * Common: Calculator app redesign (courtesy Xlythe) * Common: Performance Profiles * Common: Improved theming performance on low memory devices (~512MB RAM or less) * Trebuchet: Move settings to new slide-out panel * Trebuchet: Consolidate settings for home and drawer options * Media: Add FFMPEG support (expanded media format support) * Bluetooth: Improved support for new car audio systems and docks * Various small bugfixes, global and device-specific

The non-device specific code was branched on May 22nd, giving us a bit longer than usual for our stabilization period. Device specific code was branched on May 31st. For those of you who jump between nightlies and M releases, the May 22nd branch point is the one you …

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Privacy Policy and Terms of Use Update

It has been 9 months since we last updated our terms and privacy policy, and as we continue to build out CM and the services we provide it’s time for another round of updates. As we don’t collect email addresses for our users, we can’t do the usual ‘spam the update to everyone’ that most companies do, so this blog post will serve that purpose. So let’s get this started.


As our users, these updates are important for you to understand, so we’ll take a brief look at what they mean.

Privacy Policy - We’ve updated our Privacy Policy to provide additional information regarding what personal information we collect and how we use it. …

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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 …

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