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Cyanogenmod for Android reaches Milestone 7

Alternative firmware improves performance on low-end devices
Mon Jun 09 2014, 13:13

CYANOGENMOD, the Android firmware designer that recently became a company, has announced its latest Milestone 7 release.

Cyanogenmod 11.0 M7 features a number of updates from its predecessor and bug fixes, both for individual devices and the system as a whole.

Bluetooth has been updated to improve compatibility with speaker docks and in-car systems. Additionally, the media player now runs the FFMPEG codec library, increasing the number of formats that will play.

Cyanogenmod is more 'skinnable' than most standard Android interfaces and this version also sees a redesign of the Theme Chooser and improved performance of Themes on low-end devices, those with less than 512MB of RAM.

This ties in with Google's improvements in Android 4.4 Kitkat, which improved the performance of the mobile operating system on low-end devices.

Consolidation of menu options, a new calculator app and a new slide-out settings panel complete the change list.

Cyanogenmod has addressed the questions from the modding community early, revealing that the Milestone 7 release was taken from the May 22nd build, with device specifics taken from relevant May 31st builds.

Because of the wide variety of devices that Cyanogenmod supports, availability and stability will still vary by device. Cyanogenmod is the basis of the Oneplus One device that is on limited availability release.

The release is likely to be the last based on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, after source code from Android 4.4.3 Kitkat was incorporated into nightly builds last week, which will then be added to Milestone 8 that is due out next month. µ


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