Amidst all the big news and releases from CES, a quick blog post from CyanogenMod recently announced that the first nightly builds of CM 12 are finally out for many of CM’s supported devices. CyanogenMod 12 is, of course, based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and has been eagerly anticipated for some time, as the CM team elected to wait for the official source to drop before beginning development.
While the project is now nearly ready for the initial “M” release, there are still a few significant features which have not yet been implemented, including the CM Theme Engine, some quick settings and navigation bar customization, and quick unlock from the lock screen. Nevertheless, despite being nightly builds which will undoubtedly contain some bugs, as usual the builds will generally function quite well even as a daily driver.
For those still using CM 11, the final stable release of the ROM is still in the works, and will be released in the coming weeks. As was mentioned, the first semi-stable M release of CM 12 is about “85% complete,” so it should be landing soon as well.
Additionally, some devices have not yet gotten CM 12 nighties (the Nexus 6 even took a little extra time from the initial nightly release), but most popular devices are among the initial 31 to be supported. Some of the highlights of the list include the OnePlus One, 2013 Nexus 7, Moto X, HTC One M8, LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5, and the LG G Pad 8.3.
Particularly interesting to me is that this release comes just after OnePlus released a non-CyanogenMod based Lollipop ROM for the OnePlus One. I’ve already been using another early build of Android 5.0, but now will have to choose between the official CyanogenMod build and that from OnePlus.
If the OnePlus community is to be believed, it is a good thing that CyanogenMod is currently still offering official builds for the One, as the Lollipop build from OnePlus is said to be far from finished. There are, of course, concerns about future support based on the apparently rough breakup of CyanogenMod Inc. and OnePlus, but for now CyanogenMod remains one of the most consistent and stable third-party Android ROM options for any device, the One included.
Thanks to the OnePlus invite system, most CM users won’t have this dilemma, and will be able to enjoy CyanogenMod 12 at least until CyanogenMod Inc. begins to have problems with more than just its hardware partner in OnePlus.[CyanogenMod]