CyanogenMod 13: all you need to know about Marshmallow ROM version

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CyanogenMod 13

Unofficial ROM

The official ROM

The future


Since the boom years of custom ROM, CyanogenMod has become the reference of the environment and serves the same base today to many other independent creations. On the eve of the arrival of version 13, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, take stock of this release.

File updated January 20, 2016.

There was no doubt that Cyanogen propose a version of the ROM-based Marshmallow, and it is now official, version, CyanogenMod 13 is expected for Christmas if all goes as planned (which is rarely the case, but it ‘ is at least a first indication). As we approach that date, it is time for us to take stock of what we know as CM 13.

The history of Cyanogen

Before trying to understand where Cyanogen is heading, it is important to make a point to know where the brand originates. Known to almost everyone today, it was not always so imposing.

Based on a Linux kernel, Android has always attracted developers and IT professionals from around the world, power hungry dissect and modify this new operating system. Also, on the first available Android phone, the HTC Dream (G1 or HTC depending on the country), the crafty managed to obtain rights “root” to change the way they wanted the OS and create an alternative version. Only shortly after Steve Kondik, also known as Cyanogen pseudonym, has released its first open source ROM based on the work of another developer then removed from the circuit.

You’ll understand the ROM CyanogenMod in question was called and, driven by Steve Kondik, has continued to expand, bringing Android features that now seem essential, for better and for worse . Frowned upon by manufacturers, operators and even Google, Cyanogen has encountered many barriers that have forced among others to remove the Google applications for distribution in 2009.

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After a stint in Samsung between 2011 and 2013, Steve Kondik returned to the head of Cyanogen creating this time a genuine company with the help of Kirt McMaster. Together and with the help of their many employees, they continue to develop the heart of CyanogenMod all by developing parallel to this Cyanogen OS, an alternative operating system to natively equip some terminals like the OnePlus One.

What’s new on CM 13?

CyanogenMod 13 is still in development at the time of writing these lines, and the team behind the ROM has not yet revealed all the new planned currently. Some details are however already known.

A heart of marshmallow

Above all, the ROM CyanogenMod 13 is based on the source code of Android 6.0 AOSP Marshmallow, with all that that brings such improvements, whether in the optimization level, security or interface. As usual, the ROM should nevertheless make many changes to provide more customization.

Android 6.0 Available

Among the basic news of Android 6.0 that Marshmallow found on CM 13, the first compiled builds for example show the same arrangement of the application drawer, with a line dedicated to the applications recently / currently used.

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Apart from this, the main changes of 12.1 CM should always be of the party, both at the préembarquées applications (file explorer, camera …), or system settings. At this level, we can mention some minor interface changes, such as the appearance of a button in the manager of tasks for all recent closing with a click, and the more advanced options such as Ambient Display, for display notifications to the less energy screen or double tap to wake up the phone.

A dynamic release

When Big Android BBQ15 which took place in October in Texas, a developer of CyanogenMod unveiled new lockscreens that will be available in version 13 CM. The undisguised intention of the ROM is to bring a bit of modernity and dynamism to this often neglected screen. Of the four well presented, two are simple animated wallpapers, a third shows a Christmas exploding foil when the user pulls on each other, and the last, the most interesting in our opinion, displays random images from the social networks. These are linked to a specific hashtag chosen by the user himself.

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The disappearance of WhisperPush

Up to version 12.1 again CyanogenMod boarded a service called WhisperPush. Compatible with TextSecure, it allowed to communicate securely by encrypting SMS, both on the mobile that during transmission. This system has however encountered a number of technical problems that led the team CyanogenMod to stop its support for version 13 of the ROM, and from 1 February 2016 on the previous versions.

Unofficial versions

The source code of CyanogenMod 13 is now available and updated regularly by the team in charge of the ROM, many independent developers have already taken in an attempt to wear it on their smartphone or favorite tablet. Thus, by searching for “CyanogenMod 13” on XDA-Developers, you get more than 1.6 million hits, usually pointing to unofficial ROM.

Of these many results, some topics for appliances little used or dated (the first spring which applies, for example the Galaxy S II). Others (most even) offer only very early versions, still overloaded with bugs and inoperative features (sometimes critical, like WiFi, the support cell or camera network). On the most open phone however, and those whose community is very active, it is possible to find almost ROM that could be used every day, subject to some concessions, or that will soon. Here is a list to be considered more as a taste rather than links to flash ROM on the main phone

OnePlus One

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Nexus 4


Motorola Moto G 4G

Xiaomi 1s redmi

Many others exist, but are generally much less developed or less regularly updated.

Official versions

Of course, anonymous self are not the only ones working on CyanogenMod and the official team of already offers to install CM 13 on a large number of terminals. For now, this is still versions called “nightly” that is to say, still unstable and daily updates to address a maximum of bugs as quickly as possible.

Among the various devices that have the chance to be officially supported by CyanogenMod 13, we noted some

Nexus 4

Nexus 7

Nexus 10

LG G3S, Beat G3, G2 Optimus Mini and L70

LG G4 and G Pad 7.0

Samsung Galaxy S3

In all there must be about 40 to 50 smartphones and tablets officially supported by CyanogenMod 13. If you want to download one of these versions “nightly”, you’ll find it on the official tracker ROM.

The sequence of ideas

As said earlier, Cyanogen is now a company with that entails constraints, starting salaries to pay many employees. As such, efforts primarily on Cyanogen Cyanogen OS and multiple partnerships with various manufacturers to develop its brand. In 2016 Cyanogen account and propose (in partnership with OEM) devices sold from