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 dramatically and break in the final release of “L”. This would boil down to a waste of time.

It is much more prudent to wait for the final source drop and Google’s own development to stabilize. Those of you who ran the preview releases on the Nexus 5 and 7 can likely attest that there are not only bugs, but missing features as well, even something as simple as a ‘clear all’ button on notifications.

Being prudent doesn’t mean staying idle

Now, just because we aren’t switching gears to CM12 right away doesn’t mean we won’t be checking out the code release from today. This opportunity gives us the ability to cost out the level of effort for each CM feature, identify gaps in “L” and possible solutions for them, figure out what CM features can go, and run preliminary assessments on how badly device support will break.

This process will drastically increase our ability to release something full-featured once official, and final,  ”L” source is made available.

Our roadmap

CM11 M8 (Android 4.4.4) release is already tagged and branched and in preparation for release just after the July 4th weekend. Until we get a signal or indication of when “L” will be final, we will continue to treat it as a secondary to closing out bugs and improving features/support for CM 11 and continuing the ‘M-release’ cycle.

But I want it now!

Understandably, there will be a rapid influx of “L” ‘ports’ in the developer community, which will be the gateway for those of you who absolutely cannot wait. From the CM team, we kindly ask that you respect that this is a preview source drop, and not to be rude to (app) developers whose apps fail on the new code-base. And as always, make a back-up before you go off playing.

-The CM Team

  • Minhaz Sourav

    Will U pls build CyanogenMod 12 for HTC One S (S4) :) Using CM since I have been using Xperia Mini :D #CM #Rocking

  • Ивайло Зиновиев

    Hello i have Doogee Valencia DG800, and i want this mod… Can u make somthing for me in the new version? Thank you

  • frankhcwang

    Please port the future cm12 to xperia sp
    PLEASE

  • Leonardo Valle

    Will be released for the S4 mini?

  • N2K12

    ya mum.

  • N2K12

    cool story bro

  • N2K12

    he was clearly referring to the app memory storage space. The app will take up more room on ART than dalvik. Look it up, it’s true. It uses a AOT (ahead of time) complier rather than JIT (just in time, dalvik)

  • N2K12

    #phaggot troll

  • N2K12

    htc sucks. Why anyone bothers with there overheating crap is beyond me. And sense UI? OH COME ON! more like BLOAT UI

  • N2K12

    It’s in the same place you left your manners.

  • Gopikrishnan.Я

    PLease please please.cyanogenmod developers can you add gt-s7582 to your list of devices?? samsung abandoned us after 4.2.2 please im stuck with this phone and im missing out kitkat and gonna miss out ‘L’ :’(

  • Gopikrishnan.Я

    s7582 too please

  • Gopikrishnan.Я

    we have a lot of s7582 users who want kitkat/L but cant get it

  • Gopikrishnan.Я

    Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 (GT-S7582)

  • Deak Karoly

    I like how you wake up to comment on three month old posts

  • Roman

    CM Team, pls, give us more stable Samsung i9500 ROMs like other devices!

  • Ganesh R

    Take your time guys. You have been doing an awesome job with CM.

  • jediKatana

    Uh. I still need a working CM11 ROM. You irreperably broke my Atrix HD(qinara) with the previous ROM, and only the wisdom of ClockworkMod and ROM Manager saved it.

  • Midge23

    I had an S4 and currently use an m8. There us very little bloatware on the M8 comparatively. I also compared it to the s5, there is so much less on the m8.

  • http://batman-news.com Random

    Android Lollipop is out!!!

  • Don

    @ciwrl, any rough estimate how long CM Team may take to deliver us the CM 12 Lollipop presuming full Android 5.0 SDK is out Oct 17 (tomorrow)?

  • Domingos Tavares

    Yesterday, Android Lollipop was announced and its release date confirmed: November 3rd. That date onward can I begin waiting for CM12?

  • Zsolt Bíró

    I’l wait but please give the S Advance official support already :)

  • ulhaqanwaar

    My phone have unloacked bootloader currently it has Android 4.2 upgradeable to Android 4.4 but I need CyanogenMod 11 in it..is it possible??? My phone is Qmobile Noir i9 its only available in Pakistan

  • Diego S.

    Yo ya quiero el CM de Android L, el CM12

  • Cédian Oosting

    Can there please come quick an maintainer for the GT-N7000

  • Mitsuji Kuroda

    Now that the Android L sdk is available, will the cyanogenmod port android L to Gt-i9300

  • Jehan Kateli

    Any news on CM12?

  • Jehan Kateli

    There’s no official news on that yet, but they probably will.

  • Stefano Scardovi

    From today how many days to the 1st CM12 nightly release?

  • Policemata Booster

    k, but also continue making CM for the S2 GT-i9100 !

  • Rash

    Is Android 5.0 lollipop AOSP coming out next week or Google will push November 3rd to populate code on AOSP servers ? THE Cyanogenmod team, please include LG Optimus G e970 AT&T in your supported devices for CM12 as you did in CM11. Based on history, I/we can not trust LG to release stock version of 5.0 for our devices because they even haven’t release for Kitkat 4.x.

  • Ahmed Mohamedeen

    I think they will I9300 one of the most popular android phone till now they won’t discount it
    live for ever S3 Thanks Devs

  • Mohamad Haris Ishak

    In CM we trust..nexus 4 please :D

  • naeem khaleel

    any comments or updates about the current situation?

  • AndiiStephensen

    Android L is still unfinished but the complete base of it has now been released, I have been a dedicated Cyanogenmod User since it first came out and i have been eagerly awaiting CM12. I am hoping in the upcoming nightly, the switch will occur as it is slated for a full release in less then 4 weeks. Most reviews show that its ready for primetime and all there so why not use the Final Preview as a basis for getting it started?

    Even i would put my hand up to test even the most unstable builds just to get CM12 started, i reckon that CM12 will out-do even Lollipop and Android itself and i am hoping that the infamous Theme Engine will carry over to CM12. I am hoping that it releases to the S5 otherwise i will have to switch to a dedicated google device, i have heard rumors of a S5 Google Edition for a while though. I can confirm that mostly all the new apps from the Final Build have been installed and working on CM11′s latest nightly so now all i am hoping for is for the switch to be flicked and CM12 to start rolling in on nightlies before a M build. :) ~ Gotta Love Cyanogenmod ~

  • Anarv Mathur

    Please support the I9000 for your Android L releases. I can wait…

  • OmegaSin

    Please release CM12 for the Galaxy Nexus !

  • Emil Karajic

    Cyanogenmod u rock. I have full respect on you.Can’t wait for it! – woohoo. But please, please, please release CM12 for Lg optimus 2x ( P990). please o;

  • Luis Jose Nunez

    CM12 for i9500 plz :( you are the only hope that this device have :( , il wait for you guys no metter what.

  • warez

    Oh look, the final API Lollipop is here, is there any action regarding this?

  • yoloswag

    Can’t wait for L

  • Michael Young

    android L is in its final stages, so cyanogenmod should start cm12 in a month from now. (im not part of this company, just stating an opinion)

  • Michael Young

    also if cm12 isnt for nexus 4 or lg g3 or nexus 6 i would die ( i have nexus 4 i want the other 2 devices)