CyanogenMod team has announced the release of version 10.2 M1, just after the release of Android 4.4 aka Kit Kat.
In a post the team says , “With all the Android 4.4 hype, we haven’t forgotten about CM 10.2. Tonight the buildbots will focus their efforts on building and shipping out CyanogenMod 10.2 M1. Builds are already hitting the servers (please be patient, this will take a while). We are targeting over 70 devices for this initial M-release.”
Since Google has announced that they will start pushing the source code for 4.4 on the AOSP tree, CyanogenMod team is keeping an eye on that as well without compromising the current releases.
The blog post further adds, “As we mentioned yesterday, we will continue to work on the 10.2 code branch, in parallel to all of our Android 4.4 efforts. For those that will inevitably ask, we have not made any decisions with respect to what devices will make the leap to the KitKat code base and likely won’t have that information for a few weeks. In the meantime, enjoy some of the hard work our contributors have placed into bringing you Android 4.3 and look forward to additional functionality as we move towards M2 and the eventual ‘stable’ release.”
One of the exciting things about Android 4.4 was smaller memory foot prints as it requires only 512mb of RAM. It got some users with older hardware way too excited.
CM team has clarified, “Final note, a lot of folks are reading into the “512mb” item on the release notes. No, this does not mean a sudden resurrection of older hardware, there are dependencies beyond the RAM (and CM has enforced that minimum since ICS).”