While the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has yet to receive its first official Android system update, the device is getting some support through CyanogenMod. The recently incorporated custom ROM team has released its source code for the Galaxy Note 3, prior to the release of its own nightly builds.
CyanogenMod announced the source code availability on Google + on Friday. The team says its nightlies are not quite ready for public distribution, but the source code tree is stable enough for developers to work on their own CyanogenMod-based ROMs in the mean while. Source codes for the T-Mobile, Sprint, and international Galaxy Note 3 models are available, while the Verizon and AT&T Galaxy Note 3 model source codes are notably missing. Some propose that this may be due to the fact that Verizon and AT&T strictly utilize locked bootloaders on their devices.
No CyanogenMod ROMs have been released for the Galaxy Note 3 since its release. Back in October, CM founder Steve Kondik shared his progress with developing the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean based CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM for the Galaxy Note 3. Since then the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system has released and the team has begun its development of CyanogenMod 11, based on Android 4.4.
Many hope that the upcoming CyanogenMod ROM for the Galaxy Note 3 will be CM 11, but the team has not indicated which ROM version it will release for the Galaxy Note 3. We consider that the CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM is now in its stable build phase; meaning support for the ROM is largely finished, outside of patch update nightlies. It is also more plausible for the team to begin Galaxy Note 3 support for the most recent version being developed, which is CyanogenMod 11. The team has already released CM 11 nightlies for a number of devices including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, indicating that currently its main focus by way of custom ROMs is providing CM 11 support.
Nightlies for the Galaxy Note 3 are expected to release in the coming weeks. Those interested are encouraged to not bombard CyanogenMod with release date inquiries. When the team is ready to release, it will let the public known.
Meanwhile, the tech savvy can have fun building CyanogenMod based-ROMs with the Galaxy Note 3 source code, which can be accessed here for different models.
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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.