The latest milestone for CyanogenMod 11.0 has been released, and a couple of big devices have been added to the list. The Sony Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 tablet and HTC One M8 have all graduated from nightly status. An M release is a monthly snapshot of all the latest changes. It isn’t quite stable, but it’s far more stable than nightlies have been and you can rest assured knowing it won’t make your phone explode in your day-to-day.
So what’s new in M9? The list is quite large and includes changes and fixes from June 31st through July 27th. Here’s what you can expect once you get your device upgraded:
- Themes support for additional UI elements
- Heads Up Notifications – Bug Fixes
- Lockscreen – Allow doubletap to sleep when using secure keyguard
- Torch – Improve performance
- Safe Headset Volume – prompt when interfering with 3rd party device (Jawbone, Square, etc)
- Center clock support
- Quick Settings – respect locale changes on additional tiles
- Proximity Wake-Up support – prevent accidental wake-up of device by checking to see if proximity sensor is blocked (eg. Device is in a bag or pocket).
- Spam notification filtering – Set notifications to auto-ignore based on content (perfect for those pesky games that want you to ‘Save 20% on our new game’). Long-press offending notification to set as ignored; manage in Privacy settings.
- Settings Search – Additional improvements and highlighting
- Data Usage Info – Add support for CDMA devices without sim cards
- Bluetooth – Add additional A2DP profiles
- Bluetooth – Disable AVRCP 1.5 by default (fixes various car unit compatibility)
- Email – Fix saving attachments to storage for POP3 accounts
- Translations (Thanks CM Crowdin Team!)
- Account for Play Services induced wake-locks
- Fix encryption on some LG Devices
- Dialer – add support for Korean and Chinese to smart-dialer
Not all of it is mindblowingly amazing, but you can’t be mad at a more solid and stable experience overall. You can find downloads for the new version for your respective device at CyanogenMod’s download portal here. For what it’s worth, we wouldn’t recommend flashing these on carrier variants without clarification from CyanogenMod. We’ll be reaching out to see if the HTC One M8’s release is only for unlocked, unbranded versions. Hold off if you don’t have that version for now to avoid a massive headache.
Don’t forget to make a backup and charge your battery before you do anything, and always remember that whatever you flash to your device is your responsibility. That disclaimer aside, have at it!