CyanogenMod team has announced the release of version 11.0 M2, which is a monthly snapshot. Abhisek Devkota of CyanogenMod Inc says, “CM11 M2 has been queued up for over 65 devices and our bots are hard at work compiling. We’ve been working on bugs, device bring-up, porting over features, and working on new features – all included in these builds.”
Monthly snapshots are like ‘betas’ which sit between nightlies and release candidates allowing users early access to new features and bug fixes. There are a bit more stable that daily or nightly builds which do break things too often.
As we reported earlier CM 11 is based on Android 4.4 source code which is released by Google. CM team adds some features to stock Android to enhance user experience. Initially the stock Android was not that customizable thus ROMs like CM became extremely popular, but lately Google has made Android extremely customizable and feature rich so now instead of filling gaps for what’s missing ROMS like CyanogenMod are trying to create a parallel market, the way Amazon is doing with its Kindle like of Android powered devices.
Recently Chinese Oppo launched their CyanogenMod powered device N1 which also got blessing from Google and became the first Google Certified device to run Google services out of the box.