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“The L is for Later”: Android L not a priority for CyanogenMod just yet

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“The L is for Later”: Android L not a priority for CyanogenMod just yet
The team behind CyanogenMod just announced that no version of the most popular custom ROM will see any of the features that Android L has in tow until Google releases a final and stable build of the latter. Cyanogen released a roadmap about the future development of their custom firmware and it reveals that Android L is being regarded as a “secondary” priority right now. Instead of trying to woo the numerous fans of the firmware with a rushed and flawed preliminary release of CM 12, which will be the CyanogenMod version of Android L, the top priority ahead of the developer will be the further polishment of CM 11 M8 (Android 4.4.4 KitKat), which will be released in two days' time, on July 4.

The reason for this is pretty straightforward and rational – the current state of affairs suggests that the source code of the final Android L release will be much different from the one in the already-available Android L preview. While said changes could be either minor or significant, the developer does not intend to waste precious time and try to implement the mouth-watering features of the upcoming Android update in CyanogenMod just yet.

“Now, just because we aren’t switching gears to CM12 right away doesn’t mean we won’t be checking out the code release from today. This opportunity gives us the ability to cost out the level of effort for each CM feature, identify gaps in “L” and possible solutions for them, figure out what CM features can go, and run preliminary assessments on how badly device support will break,” the CM team stated.

We can't fight with the sound logic behind this reasoning, but in the end, it comes to you, regular Android users! Would you rather wait for a stable CM 12 build or demand the CyanogenMod-flavoured Android L goodies as soon as possible, even with an abundant set of bugs and flaws on board?

source: CyanogenMod via Android Authority

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posted on 02 Jul 2014, 08:31 1

1. hafini_27 (Posts: 259; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Well, reasonable. PA already had most of the features anyway

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 08:38 2

2. Daboss (Posts: 42; Member since: 27 Sep 2013)


I don't trust them third party roms. If u want the latest version of andriod asap them get a nexus or a playstore device simple.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 08:47 11

3. Jinto (Posts: 401; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


The third party roms are really good (if they are stable), they add tons of features that aren't half baked but quite good

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 09:01 2

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3422; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Custom ROMs have great built in functionality and are well integrated, with all root functions. Also Cyanogenmod has added useful security and privacy features. One of them is that you can tweak play store app permissions. So you can prevent a flashlight app to upload your contact list. ;)

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 08:54 2

5. tokuzumi (Posts: 296; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


CM has historically only began working on a new version once Google posts the code to the AOSP. This is nothing new.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 08:58 2

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3422; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I would wait for the stable version.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 09:02 2

9. jellmoo (Posts: 692; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I like the approach to stability. If you want cutting edge, early access to things, there are other ROMs available to suit your needs. It's nice to see CM take the notion of a stable release seriously.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 09:09 1

10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3422; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Stability is nice and all but, they should probably start developing and add some cool features but not release the unpolished build.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 09:25 1

12. jellmoo (Posts: 692; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Well, CM has really been about customization more than anything else, and I think that's where they are strongest. New features are of course awesome, I just think that they should be released when they are ready for primetime. Something like PA is great for bleeding edge features, so it's nice to also have a solid ROM option if you want stability as a priority.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 10:20

17. Jinto (Posts: 401; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


in my opinion, AOKP has more features (but less device support)
and CM has less features (but more polished) and more device support

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 10:41

22. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3422; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Lets not forget that most custom ROMs out there are build/based on Cyanogenmod's source code.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 09:14

11. duartix (Posts: 73; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


I'm willing to wait.
Meanwhile, I'll be more than pleased to load the new LG G3 interface on the G2.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 10:23 1

18. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I'm making do quite fine on version L.
If I manage to ever grab a one plus 1,
I may see about putting L on it too.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 13:06 1

31. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3422; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I consider myself as an android purist, but you literally put me to shame bro. :)

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 11:23 1

26. Totse2k15 (Posts: 272; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


CyanogenMod is so so to me, tbh. PACman/SlimROMs/Paranoid Android for the win!
Love Custom ROMs.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 13:04

30. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3422; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Please read Comment #22. Give CM the credit where its due.

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