Just two days after GadgtSpot’s exclusive of CyanogenMod 11 running on the Samsung Galaxy S III, CyanogenMod is pushing the cm-11.0 branch to GitHub. As everyone knows, CyanogenMod 11 is based on Android 4.4 KitKat, the next version of Android released on October 31.
The CyanogenMod team has CyanogenMod 11 running on a few devices already and, now that the public repositories are getting added, we should start to see some CyanogenMod 11 nightlies soon. Of course, the release of nightlies won’t be instant; KitKat was a pretty big change and it will take the CyanogenMod team time to ensure that everything runs well enough to be released.
CyanogenMod has not yet announced which devices they plan to support, nor which features that plan to add/drop in CyanogenMod 11. There are, however, a few aspects of CyanogenMod we can keep our eyes on. Google created a new launcher for 4.4 called Launcher3; Trebuchet (CyanogenMod launcher) was based on Launcher2. Google put plenty of new changes into Launcer3, so CyanogenMod’s handling of that will be interesting. As will the new immersive APIs which may affect Expanded Desktop. Additionally, the Email app was unified and given its biggest update since the release of Android. platform/packages/apps/Phone is now gone with most code moving to platform/packages/services/Telephony, which means that no Phone app is included in the source code anymore in the way it was in the past, as Google does not provide the source code for applications that use Google’s servers and services in the Android Open Source Project. The code has been split up into several projects. How this will affect CyanogenMod is still not entirely clear. Additionally, MMS is entirely missing QuickMessage (but this happens every release) and there are some added features already in CyanogenMod.
CyanogenMod 11 and KitKat are in a position to be truly remarkable.
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