While Android 4.4 KitKat-based CyanogenMod 11 remains in development, the custom ROM team CyanogenMod is now releasing an M3 snapshot of its firmware for a number of popular devices.
The team introduced a new set of CM 11 nightlies for more than 30 device models just days prior, with such devices as the Samsung Galaxy S2 now receiving Android 4.4 KitKat support via CyanogenMod. The Galaxy S2 is also among those devices receiving the CyanogenMod 11 M3 snapshot.
After releasing its first set of CM 11 nightlies in early December, the team released its M1 snapshot for Nexus devices in late December; then the CM 11 M2 snapshot was released in early January for 65 current devices. As CyanogenMod 11 development progresses, the current “monthly" builds increase the stability of the CM11 firmware; with three monthly snapshots now released, the team may soon move on to rolling out release candidate builds. However, the CyanogenMod release timeline isn't set in stone.
As expected, the CM 11 M3 snapshot is available for the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One, as well as the Nexus devices, among many others. Find a list of devices with CyanogenMod 11 M3 support below.
The CyanogenMod M3 snapshot includes such features and improvements like more control over auto start applications in the Privacy Guard settings, which has also been moved toward the top of the settings category. The Quick Settings panel also now has a "+" button for easier customization of the most used options. The CyanogenMod 11 M3 snapshot also introduces a new version of the Trebuchet home screen launcher. Future CyanogenMod development reportedly includes possible Google News features for Trebuchet and left-handed navigation bar support.
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 M3 Support
Acer Iconia Tab (a700)
Barnes & Noble Nook Color (encore)
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet (acclaim)
Droid Incredible 4G LTE (fireball)
Google Nexus 4 (mako)
Google Nexus 10 (manta)
Google Nexus S (crespo)
HTC Droid DNA (dlx)
HTC One S (ville)
HTC One X+ (enrc2b)
LG G-Pad (v500)
LG Optimus G Pro (e980)
Samsung Captivate (captivatemtd)
Samsung Galaxy Express (AT&T)
Samsung Galaxy Premier (superior)
Samsung Galaxy S (galaxysmtd)
Samsung Galaxy S B (galaxysbmtd)
Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G (apexqtmo)
Samsung Galaxy S2 (International)
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.