All the talk recently has been about Android 5.0 (Lollipop). More specifically, the recent news has revolved around when certain devices will get the update and be able to take advantage of all the new operating system has to offer. If you have been following the news then you will know that most of the Nexus range started receiving their updates yesterday. While it was also reported, Motorola is making big strides with their updates and especially for the Moto G and X devices.
CyanogenMod (CM) is a very popular alternative (custom) ROM which is currently in use across a wide range of devices. As such, many users will be awaiting the news of when Cyanogen (the company behind the ROM) will offer their version of Lollipop. It was made clear by Cyanogen back before Lollipop was released that they would not begin working on Lollipop until the full (and final) source code for Android 5.0 was officially released. Well that time came and went on November 3rd when Lollipop’s source code was uploaded to the AOSP. Since then it seems the developers over at Cyanogen are busy working on the new upgrade, dubbed CM12.
If you are wondering when you will be able to get your hands on CM12 then here is the latest information. A post from Cyanogen this morning suggests that nightlies should begin to become available before the end of November or start of December. For those new to CM, ‘nightlies’ are not final releases of the ROM, but instead ROMs which are still a work-in-progress. These nightlies are typically updated on a nightly basis, hence the name. Either way, the latest news is these nightlies will be up by the end of the month. However, Cyanogen do note that nightlies will not be available for all devices, but also do advise that it will be available for more devices than they had initially anticipated. Which will be good news for older CM handset owners. Cyanogen also noted in their announcement that they may need to “reimagine” some of the CM features that no longer translate to Material Design and this is one of the reasons for the expected timeline. For now though you should be rest assured Cyanogen do seem to be making progress and Lollipop is en-route. So how many of you are running CM? Are you looking forward to CM12? What new features would you like to see included in the next version of CyanogenMod?