As the Android 4.4 KitKat-based CyanogenMod 11 continues development, the custom ROM team CyanogenMod is now releasing an M5 snapshot of its firmware for a number of popular devices.
The team introduced its M4 snapshot for more than 50 devices just one month prior. Since releasing its first set of CM 11 nightlies in early December, the team released its M1 snapshot for Nexus devices in late December, its M2 snapshot was released in early January for 65 current devices and its M3 snapshot for more than 30 devices in February.
With five “monthly” snapshots released, many suggest it won’t be long before CyanogenMod 11 moves into its release candidate and stable build stages. However, the CyanogenMod release timeline isn't set in stone.
The CyanogenMod 11 M5 snapshot is now available over 50 devices, with a number of the usual models receiving support, including HTC One, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, LG G2. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is included among devices receiving monthly support, which is a first for the device.
CyanogenMod details a number of new and improved features to be found on this iteration of CM 11, in its change log, listed below:
Trebuchet – Fix last icon from hotseat disappearing
Trebuchet – Fix custom home transition effect
Volume Panel – Increase opacity of transparency (previous level led to visibility concerns)
WhisperPush – Relocate to Privacy menu
WhisperPush – fix NPE on viewing identity if unregistered
Translations – Initial imports from CrowdIn (followup blog post next week)
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
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 M5 Support
Google Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi)
Google Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi)
HTC One S
Google Galaxy Nexus (Sprint)
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
Asus Transformer Pad TF300T
Motorola Droid Bionic
Samsung Galaxy Premier
Motorola Droid Razr
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (Intl , 3G)
Amazon Kindle Fire (1st gen , 2nd gen)
Motorola Droid 4
Google Nexus 10
Google Nexus 4
Google Galaxy Nexus (GSM)
HTC One (Verizon, GSM)
LG G2 (Intl, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint)
LG Optimus G (Sprint)
Samsung Galaxy S III (Intl)
Samsung Galaxy S II (Intl)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE
Google Nexus 5
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy S (B)
Droid Incredible 4G LTE
Oppo Find 5
Samsung Galaxy Express (AT&T)
HTC One XL
HTC One X
LG Optimus G Pro (All e98x GSM)
LG Optimus G (Intl, Canada, AT&T)
HTC Droid DNA
Google Nexus S
Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
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