Android 4.4 KitKat based CyanogenMod 11 continues development as the custom ROM team CyanogenMod is now releasing an M2 snapshot of its firmware for 65 currently popular devices.
The team introduced CM 11 nightlies for several devices last month, after announcing the beginning of CM 11 development the month prior. Now, with “monthly’ builds available for a plethora of devices, custom ROM users can try on a version of CyanogenMod 11 that is a little more stable than nightlies. Notably, the M1 snapshot released for Nexus devices in December.
As can be expected, the CM 11 M2 snapshot is available for the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One, as well as the Nexus devices and of course others. Users will also find Android 4.4 KitKat support for the Galaxy Nexus with the CM 11 M2 snapshot. Since the release of Android 4.4, Google has ceased its own support for the Galaxy Nexus, largely due to the passing of its 18-month update cycle, but also because it reportedly contains components not compatible with Android 4.4. CyanogenMod is among many custom ROM teams continuing support for the Galaxy Nexus. Find a full list of devices with CyanogenMod 11 M2 support below.
Meanwhile, there is still no official CyanogenMod support for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Just last week the team released its source code for the Galaxy Note 3, which leads many to believe that official support for the device is imminent. Unofficial CM 11 ROMs have since released for the Galaxy Note 3, but many report that they are quite unstable.
For the CM 11 M2 snapshot, users especially report a smoother and faster user experience. More particular updates noticed by users include a tablet UI and profiles section within settings; new battery styles including portrait, landscape, and circle with percentage removed; transparent status bar and navigation bar; and the navigation bar quick launch shortcuts are smaller. According to CyanogenMod, the CM 11 M2 snapshot includes bug fixes, device bringups, new features ported from Android 4.4, as well as new features. While CyanogenMod 11 support continues, most OEM devices are still waiting for Android 4.4 KitKat updates, which are supposed to begin rolling out in late January for a number of devices such as the carrier branded HTC One and LG G2.
As always, users should take caution when installing custom firmware onto their devices, keeping in mind that their warranties may be voided. Backing up your device is recommended. CyanogenMod installation requires root access and custom recovery software.
You may download CyanogenMod 11 here.
The Gapps Zip file for Google Play Store and Google Services can be downloaded here.
Devices With CyanogenMod 11 M2 Support
Motorola Droid RAZR HD (CDMA/GSM)
Motorola Droid RAZR M
Motorola Photon Q
HTC One S
Google Galaxy Nexus (Sprint/Verizon/GSM)
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
Asus Transformer Pad TF300T
Motorola Droid Bionic
Samsung Galaxy Note II (GSM LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Premier
Motorola Droid Razr
Amazon Kindle Fire (1st gen/2nd gen)
Motorola Atrix HD
Motorola Droid 4
Google Nexus 10
Google Nexus 4
HTC One (GSM/AT&T)
LG Optimus G (Sprint)
Samsung Galaxy S4 (Intl/AT&TVerizon/US Cellular/T-Mobile/Sprint/C-Spire/Cricket/Canada/)
Samsung Galaxy S III (Intl)
Google Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi)
Samsung Galaxy S/ Samsung Galaxy S (B)
Google Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi/4G)
Droid Incredible 4G LTE
Samsung Galaxy Express (AT&T)
HTC One XL
LG Optimus G Pro (All e98x GSM)
LG Optimus G (Canada/AT&T)
HTC Droid DNA
LG G2 (Intl/T-Mobile/AT&T)
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