If your latest smartphone has stopped getting official Android updates from the manufacturer, there is a high probability that you would go for CyanogenMod in order to try out the most recent Android versions. Last week, Android 6.0 Marshmallow was made available to the Samsung Galaxy S3 via CyanogenMod 13, and the Google Nexus 4 is also about to get the support for Marshmallow by Cyanogen.
LG-made Nexus 4 consumers were quite disappointed when Google announced that the smartphone will not receive an official support for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Many had speculated that sooner or later unofficial Marshmallow port will be made available for this device, considering its huge fan following. The awesome team of CyanogenMod have just released a nightly CM 13 build for the Nexus 4, thereby getting the latest Android version to the three-year-old smartphone. Download size is 277.01 MB and before you go ahead with this, just keep in mind that you might encounter bugs as it not yet stable.
These days, Nexus smartphones are quite popular and in high-demand. But, this wasn't always the scene: the HTC Nexus One, the Samsung Nexus S, and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus were nice smartphones, but it was the Nexus 4 that changed the game after getting launched in 2012. At that time, the Nexus 4 had the best possible specs in the Android ecosystem, but Google had a very competitive pricing at $299.
Today, CyanogenMod Inc. released the latest M version (M5) of the CyanogenMod 11 with a lot of bug fixes and enhancements. The software is available for download but you'd need to check if your device is eligible. check the Source link below.
CyanogenMod 11 M5 Change-log:
- Trebuchet - Fix last icon from hotseat disappearing
- Trebuchet - Fix custom home transition effect
- Volume Panel - Increase opacity of transparency
- WhisperPush - Relocate to Privacy menu
- WhisperPush - fix NPE on viewing identity if unregistered
- Translations - Initial imports from CrowdIn
- MultiSim - Additional support patches (25+)
- Privacy Guard - Additional AppOps permissions
- Additional Right-to-left (RTL) layout mirroring support
- Settings - Add "screen color" support
- Quickboot support (device specific)
- Stylus - Fix eraser being disabled by palm rejection
- NavBar - Allow toggle in runtime (needs kernel support)
- Add ethernet icon support to status bar
- Dialer - Open Source forward/backward/incoming look-up
Anyone who is even mildly interested about the Android OS knows CyanogenMod for developing and releasing custom ROMs for multiple handsets across numerous brands. The best part is that they often bring latest versions of the Android OS to smartphones which will never receive the same from their original manufacturers. This time around, Steve Kondik has announced the name of the models that will be compatible with the latest CyanogenMod 14.1 beta Night Build, based on Android 7.1 Nougat. Take a look at the list below.
LG Nexus 5X
Motorola Moto G 4G
Motorola Moto G2
Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen
Motorola Moto G4
Motorola Moto G4 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S5
Xiaomi Mi 3
Xiaomi Mi 4
ASUS ZenFone 2
Huawei Nexus 6P
If your device isn't listed, do not be disappointed as more models will be added to the list in the coming week. Before you download and install it though, keep in mind that it isn't a stable version and the ROM still is missing a few features (Themes for example). Many of the glitches will be patched and missing features will keep getting added in the coming updates.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After what happened with the CyanogenOS, people were in confusion regarding what would happen to the much loved CyanogenMod community. As it turns out, the events within Cyanogen Inc. has taken its toll on CyanogenMod as well. It was officially declared on their blog that the CyanogenMod OS versions are now discontinued as it is no longer possible to carry the community-driven project forward due to the current failing of the company. Even the very name, "Cyanogen" is up for grabs if any company wants to patent it.
The good news is that the OS might live on in the form of Lineage Android Distribution. According to reports, Lineage Android will be based on what CM has achieved so far and hopefully will continue to improve and update it. We are sad that one of the best alternatives to OEM supplied UI is going away for good, especially since it managed to touch so many hearts by providing Android firmware upgrades to phones that were abandoned a long time ago by their manufacturers. It is nevertheless, inspiring to see the basic admirable ideas behind the project live on, albeit with a different name.
Head over to https://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)