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

  • Ingemar Smith

    Comments in a thread like this get verified or disqualified at a much higher rate than ‘real news’. Getting a clue is best done in places like this.

  • Atanas Atanasov

    Now when android 5.0 lollipop is complete and starts rolling out to the nexus devices are you going to start working on cm12 any time soon ?

  • mutaman abdulhasan

    I do not understand very much English will come in Android L CyanogenMod will. I have S3 i9300

  • djdarkknight96

    It’s so funny coming on here to see..pls make for my HTC Dream…CM12 plz And Galaxy Y pls and Thank you…..

    STOP IT is not working…lol

    You all need new phones, if it’s not made for your device go buy one is made for or builds it yourself….stop begging…lol

  • Hossam El-Qamash

    would the owners of nexus devices and google play devices be the first to get the cm12?

  • Jan Boen

    Version 5 also for LG E975 Optimus G please :-)

  • Force THZ

    Please make cyanogen 12 forvgalaxyvs duos please

  • BǾù ßā

    Please Realease CM12 For Galaxy SIII And Safe Battery Life (Sorry For My English :) )

  • Bashir Juha

    Pleaaaaaase make one for my HTC sensation XE please please please

  • Poebat

    Will the HTC EVO 4G Lte be supported?

  • Lê Liên

    Will galaxy s2 get android L?

  • yoloswag

    The source has been posted

  • Shivam Sinha

    Lollipop is now official. Now what?

  • chillin2025

    Yes, yes indeed

  • Ohad Kotler

    Well, the final open source code for Android 5.0 is here… so when will the CM12 will be available for my nexus 5?

  • Jonas

    Sony Ericsson LT18i? T_T ..

  • Simos Katsiaris

    source is out, can we start on cm12 now?

  • Hugo Bozzini

    hey cm team guys, toatally understandable that you want to wait to release cm12. But android lolipop is now out and some intell on the progress of cm12 would be much apreciated, thx

  • PodGom

    i9300 . please.

  • Simon Rahn

    Android L has Bern released to AOSP
    !!!!! I think The New Cm version will come soon :-)

  • Simon Rahn


  • Tushar Gupta

    Now the Android L source code is final, when we will be able to try Android L on Cyanogenmod.

  • Urs Biggie

    Please we the Hercules and galaxy sii also need cm12

  • Ashish Magar

    Yeah please release for galaxy SIII.
    It was world’s best smartphone. It has all capabilities and it’s lightening fast and smooth like butter with cm11.
    Please do release cm12 for SIII.
    Don’t let it go and become outdated just because of old firmware

  • Alan

    I would say soon, XDA already have a non stable build for the Galaxy Nexus.

  • José

    What are the devices that will receive the CM12?

  • Leonardo Valle

    will be released for the S4 mini LTE?

  • Carlos Militão

    Yeah, for i9300 please!!

  • djdarkknight96

    Please bring back support for the HTC Dream, it’s still so awesome. Lollipop would rock on my G1. Yes yes plz plz……”That’s how freaking silly you all look.” Sure begging will work…Come on you guys have better things to do.

  • Nett Bill


  • mohamed mostafa

    and GS2 i9100G

  • Victor Wirstam

    I want for the Xperia Z2!

  • Johnnys2012

    Hello Gus you have amazing Roms!!!!!
    I have a question please??? you made the lollipop ROM for galaxy s2

    Thanks you

  • Sasha

    The S2 is still quick and awesome in my experience, running 4.4.2


    Hope CM12 is coming too nexus 4?

  • zavion

    Plz release for for Samsung exhibit

  • Minymina

    The whole point of Cyanogen is to update abandoned devices.

  • Nilesh Mahadik

    Please can you start releasing CM officially for Micromax devices too? these are more in number in India now a days

  • Braden Jensen

    This, well now company, is doing a really good job. I myself am thinking about CM12 and when it will be released to the development channel. Rumors are saying end of November and early December. I don’t know what you people at CyanogenMod are doing, but I KNOW you are working with the Alphas. The posts in github aren’t saying much from what I glanced at, but maybe you’re keeping it secret for now like every other company that hasn’t released Lollipop, which is a little annoying by the way… Haha just keep doing what you do best. I myself might go back to my HTC DROID Incredible 4G from my Note 3 (stupid Samsung and their retail bootloaders) just to get a little taste at CM12.

  • amir

    Please release the CM12 for xperia sp.

  • Maxi Cardozo

    I want full stable releases so please release the CM12 for Razr i (xt890) , Razr HD (xt925) and Galaxy Tab 3 (gt-p5210) … Pleeease ! =)

  • Rishi patel

    Will I get cm12 in samsung galaxy s advance i9070?

  • Federico Schembri

    Please, build a ROM of CM 12 for the Galaxy Tab 2 (P5110) !!! :)

  • Siva Sankar

    Plz make asus zenfone 5 recognized device in installer…alll asus users r w8 for that

  • Pulkit Rathi

    Please release for galaxy grand GTI9082

  • Vince Lupe

    Cyanogenmod, I always love your ROMs – had my first experience with a Samsung Note 2 clone (the phone was bad, but the ROM worked great)… Now, I have an Oppo Find 7a, but I really hope that you are developing for that! I’ll be the first to try out CM12 if it becomes available – trust me!

  • Ravi

    There is no official cm for moto e
    Please make it official and stable one

  • itbox

    Waiting for the stable s5 release. If there’s gonna be one…