No plans for Cyanogenmod 12 Android L until full release

The team behind the hugely popular Android custom ROM, Cyanogenmod have responded to requests for a version of the operating system built atop the recently-released Android L Developer Preview with a clear "No." Many thought that a preview edition of Cyanogenmod 12 based around Android L would become available shortly after the release of the Android L Developers Preview, but Cyanogenmod has confirmed this will not happen.

Writing on the team blog, the group explains how creating CM12 now would "boil down to a waste of time," as the Android L developer preview code is, although easily mergible with existing Cyanogenmod 11 code, still exactly that: a developers preview. They are worried that before Android L hits an official release, substantial changes could appear in the codebase that would mean the subsequent lengthy editing of Cyanogenmod.

They note how preview releases of Android L running on Nexus 5 and 7 devices do operate buggily and lack some basic Android KitKat features such as a button to clear all notifications. They acknowledge though that some will not want to wait for an official Cyanogenmod/Android L release, ceding how they expect L ports of Cyanogenmod will appear in a 'rapid influx' from developers very soon and warning that these should be used only if you "absolutely cannot wait."

Finally, the team say that Cyanogenmod 11 M8 with the latest edition of Android, 4.4.4 KitKat, will be available after this weekend and that they are not "staying idle" regarding L - rather they are actively looking through L code now to identify what work will need doing. It is being treated as a secondary to improving CM11 though until Google releases code for an official Android L release.

Source: Cyanogenmod

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This shouldn't be a surprise. CM work from Android source and these clearly haven't been released. Wait until Sep/Oct when the actual L release/source is released and then CM12 will be fully on its way.

I recently installed the nightly of CM 11 from the 6-29 and that is the 4.4.4 release. Plus people should really try CyanDelta which helps update your rom with only things that have changed. So instead of downloading the entire rom each time you get like a 12 meg package. Works great.

Why do Galaxy Note phones get next to no love???

I have a Note 3 LTE version sold on Rogers. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE for a stable version of CM to come out for it. Did I mention, LOVE?! :p

norseman said,
I am talking about CM10... I wasn't aware the International version had LTE.

You're in the wrong news article then. :p This one is about CM12. ;)

norseman said,
I am talking about CM10... I wasn't aware the International version had LTE.

Yeah there's an international version with the Snapdragon 800 which is also the most common international variant.

Why would they lose time and waste resources to adapt and release a "developer preview" version of Android?
That's called "wisdom"

That's part of why I stopped bothering with custom ROM's tbh. Soooo much buggy crap out there... I don't want to spend all my time debugging my phone, I want to USE it!.

Depends on the developer really. I have an LG G2 phone. Verizon came out with the official KK release a couple months ago. CM is still using the old bootstack (unofficial) for the LG G2 and is buggy as hell. Another Dev came out with an unofficial CM11 release using the new/correct bootstack and is as stable as you can get. When I was on the official CM release, I would get several reboots/SODs an hour. Now, I get non.

FloatingFatMan said,
That's part of why I stopped bothering with custom ROM's tbh. Soooo much buggy crap out there... I don't want to spend all my time debugging my phone, I want to USE it!.

I'm sorry for your negative "AOSP" experience. Personally, CyanogenMod have always procured me a better Android experience on my Galaxy S 3 and Galaxy Note 3, versus the stock "Touchwiz" experience (better battery life, phone is faster and more responsive, more useful settings and features, custom kernels, etc.)

No need to say I use my phone a lot, and I very rarely "debug" it.

I've now gotten to the point where I'm done with Custom ROMS. At least for my phones. Cyanogenmod inevitably has at least a few quirks that never get resolved. I have it on my Tablet still though.

HDR is always broken on every device I've had CM on, on several devices the date resets whenever I rebooted. My Galaxy S4 would think the date was Jan 1st 1970 whenever I rebooted and several apps. My Note 3 would revert back to Jan 1st 2013. Wifi and phone connectivity were often flaky, bluetooth and NFC too.

myxomatosis said,

I'm sorry for your negative "AOSP" experience. Personally, CyanogenMod have always procured me a better Android experience on my Galaxy S 3 and Galaxy Note 3, versus the stock "Touchwiz" experience (better battery life, phone is faster and more responsive, more useful settings and features, custom kernels, etc.)

No need to say I use my phone a lot, and I very rarely "debug" it.

It's more a case of finding a decently stable ROM amongst all the dozens of complete crap that gets released, more than anything. After years and years of being a member of XDA (going back to the early days of the site with Windows Mobile), it's just not fun dealing with all that any more.

Plus, in recent years the place has gotten flooded with thousands of complete morons.

CM is solid. Maybe even more so than Stock, with its more frequent updates / fixes. I've had my phone on CM for more than a year now. I haven't found a suitable replacement to Privacy Guard either. App Settings and XPrivavy work ok, but are not at all intuitive.

myxomatosis said,

I'm sorry for your negative "AOSP" experience. Personally, CyanogenMod have always procured me a better Android experience on my Galaxy S 3 and Galaxy Note 3, versus the stock "Touchwiz" experience (better battery life, phone is faster and more responsive, more useful settings and features, custom kernels, etc.)

No need to say I use my phone a lot, and I very rarely "debug" it.

Is that an international I9300?
I get 'cannot connect to camera' issues with every S3 ROM I try. Only stock doesn't have that problem.

yekGLzhQ4Qju1FtAVcC4 said,
CM is solid. Maybe even more so than Stock, with its more frequent updates / fixes. I've had my phone on CM for more than a year now. I haven't found a suitable replacement to Privacy Guard either. App Settings and XPrivavy work ok, but are not at all intuitive.

Yep, it's solid... Apart from the bits that don't actually work on every device... Like the camera, or TV Out... :p

Nope sorry, the Canadian model (SGH-i747) that comes with 2GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 600 CPU.

Asurax said,

Is that an international I9300?
I get 'cannot connect to camera' issues with every S3 ROM I try. Only stock doesn't have that problem.

Asurax said,

Is that an international I9300?
I get 'cannot connect to camera' issues with every S3 ROM I try. Only stock doesn't have that problem.

My rule is if you have an Exynos processor then forget about AOSP. Grab a de-crapified stock ROM and that's the best you can do.

Qualcomm based phones used to get very stable ROMs but in the past year or so that too has been changing. Lots of bugs even with those ones lately.

If you want stock Android buy either Nexus or GPE. I own a Nexus 5, and the stock rom is a million times better than any of Samsung and LG's stock software. It completely alleviates the need for a custom ROM.