This Week in CyanogenMod

Week Ending: August 23, 2013

“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.

This was a big week for us, as we announced something that we have been working on for the last few months.

CM Account

There are plenty of device tracking and wiping services out there, each touting their own advantages. They work for what they are, but some aren’t as secure as they can be. To that end, we made our own. We dubbed it the CM Account service and it is being provided as optional and free for all CM users. More details can be found on the announcement post, some additional technical details behind the encryption and additional follow-ups.

Features and things

Since some people still missed the notices about the settings restructure (including DeviceParts), pulling and re-coding of features, Cyanogen took to the web to further clarify his style of feature management for mergers. Worth a read. We will continue to work to clean up our code, de-dupe what is necessary and standardize what we can (ie HAL).

Power Widgets

Speaking of code de-duplication, Notification Power Widgets will be dying soon for 10.2. No conspiracy here, just good old fashion removable of a dated, bloated, and (mostly) unmaintained section of code. As a replacement, we offer one of our newest wares, the Quick Access Ribbon.

Menu key

Sometimes things get to us, and can be more confusing and convoluted than they need to be. Nothing has achieved that more to-date than the menu key on the m7 family of devices. Almost enough to drive a few of us to madness.

Android 4.3_r2.2

We got an unexpected code drop this week, and the freshly tagged Android code has been merged into our Github. Not much jumps out from the new code, some tweaks and changes around the App Ops functionality, but we have our own upcoming changes there ;).

We’ll keep it short and sweet this week, plenty of reading material in case you missed something above.

Got a suggestion for a topic you’d like to see in the next round-up? Let us know in the comments below. All device/port requests will be ignored.


  • Corbin Davenport

    The first nightly for my device (TF300T) dropped yesterday and I installed it. Instant increase in speed, it’s at least twice as fast as before (didn’t eve wipe /data). Great job as always team!

  • Nathan Alvarez

    Coming from an AT&T Galaxy S3, it is insane the speed increase once I load any of the latest nightly’s to the device. Great job! Keep up the good work!

  • Josh Phillips

    I’m excited for the first Flo nightly that includes the new r2.2 code. I was tempted to go back to stock to fix the multitouch problem that plagues original 4.3 builds, but I’ve customized CM to be just perfect…. can’t give it up! #CM4Life

  • Brian Oswald

    Thank you for fixing the annoying battery drain issues on the 10.2 nightlies. Couldn’t be happier with my device, and the latest version of CM. Excellent work, as always!

  • Ambar Naik

    Still wondering why there is no FM Radio app in CyanogenMod… Creating a FM Radio app with integrated online streaming features would attract some serious online music fans to the CyanogenMod family!

  • Kelley Cook

    You did not mention it, but thanks for fixing this week the CM 10.1 “minor” bug which has apparently been around since May on all Sonys such as my wife’s purchased this week Xperia T. Your team’s quick action to solve to fix the put-camera-in-landscape-and-voilà-it-reboots issue staved off a possible divorce!

    I love you guys.. Proved living with the ‘Sony Experience’ was not worth the effort.

  • Sumit Bhardwaj

    This is because the FM Radio chip is manufacturer and sometimes model specific. No port is possible because of that.

  • Thomas E McNicholas

    Fortunately there’s Spirit FM app, it’s working perfectly on my sgs2 with the latest cyangonmod nightlies.

  • Minhaj

    suffring with a huge problem…voice chat with viber is not possible in cyanogenmod 10….plz help me :(

  • Noni

    One thing that I miss a lot:

    The ability to hang up the current call to answer an incoming call.

    Any time I have a call waiting is that person call me back when I’m leaving a message: Currently you have to tell person to wait, switch to another conversation and hang up. This is horrible.

    Thanks a lot to think about it

  • Eric

    Any idea when the GPS function will be improved?

  • Carlos Paixao

    Port request: Could you please merge some good manners to Ricardo? Oh no… this will be ignored.

  • Brice Arsene Tchiaga

    Thousand thanks for all what you do for the Android community

  • Tom

    FM radios are not present in every single Android device the way other connectivity options like Wifi and Bluetooth are. When they are present, there is a serious lack of standardization which makes AOSP support difficult (on my old phone, FM radio support was available in CM7 but lost entirely in CM10 due to driver incompatibility that no one could solve).

    If you have the FM radio hardware that CM is unable to use (likely driver issues), I understand the frustration. You’ll have to just go back to stock and lose other CM features, or use an internet alternative, or just download stuff to play offline if your data plan has a low cap.

    Personally, I only use FM radio in my car and never on my phone :)

  • Omar

    Anyone know why on cm10.2 , for i9300 atleast, it stops the data connection (suspended) while you are in a call ? How can this be fixed? Thanks

  • Arun Khattri

    how you got it to work with Spirit FM app? I downloaded it’s apk but it gives me Power error on my HTC One S with CM11. I think there is some driver issue