August is here and just like clockwork CyanogenMod have released a new version of CM11. For those of you unaware CyanogenMod recently changed the way in which they list downloads. Until recently CM was always released as either stable, snapshot (mostly stable) or nightlies (experimental and buggy) versions. However CM11 over the last few months have used an ‘M’ release system which instead simply refers to ‘milestone’. The M releases are technically snapshots but are considerably more stable than nightlies and are considered to be suitable for main or daily usage.
As expected the August release brings CM11 up to M9 and there are some notable improvements. The obvious ones include bug fixes for Heads Up, lockscreen widgets, support for both Play Services and Proximity wake-ups (noted issues in M8) and also support for Korean and Chinese dialler functions.
The full change log provided by CyanogenMod is as follows:
- Themes support for additional UI elements
- Heads Up Notifications – Bug Fixes
- Lockscreen – Allow doubletap to sleep when using secure key guard
- Torch – Improve performance
- Safe Headset Volume – prompt when interfering with 3rd party device (Jawbone, Square, etc)
- Center clock support
- Quick Settings – respect locale changes on additional tiles
- Proximity Wake-Up support – prevent accidental wake-up of device by checking to see if proximity sensor is blocked (eg. Device is in a bag or pocket).
- Spam notification filtering – Set notifications to auto-ignore based on content (perfect for those pesky games that want you to ‘Save 20% on our new game’). Long-press offending notification to set as ignored; manage in Privacy settings.
- Settings Search – Additional improvements and highlighting
- Data Usage Info – Add support for CDMA devices without sim cards
- Bluetooth – Add additional A2DP profiles
- Bluetooth – Disable AVRCP 1.5 by default (fixes various car unit compatibility)
- Email – Fix saving attachments to storage for POP3 accounts
- Translations (Thanks CM Crowdin Team!)
- Account for Play Services induced wake-locks
- Fix encryption on some LG Devices
- Dialer – add support for Korean and Chinese to smart-dialer
In addition to the above improvements M9 also includes support (for the first time) for the Xperia Z2 ‘sirius’, Xperia Z2 Tablets ‘castor’ and the HTC One ‘m8’. Until now CM was only available on these devices as a nightlie.
If you are already running CM11 (presumably M8) then to update all you need to do is head to settings, CyanogenMod Updates and the new update should be listed as M9. Download the update and you will be prompted to install. As long as you are running a new(ish) version of Clockwork Mod (CWM) than the update should all occur automatically once you hit ‘Install’.
If you are not currently running CM than you will firstly need to check out the download page to see if your device is compatible and listed. If it is then download the relative file and install via custom recovery. If you are unsure of how to do this then you can check out our how-to-guide. The information on the guide is largely for Samsung devices but can be used as a general guide for installing CM.
If your device is not listed on the download page then don’t fret too much. These lists are constantly updating throughout the few days following a release and chances are your device will be up sooner than later. So just keep checking the download page
For those of you running M9 leave a comment below and let us know what you think.