CyanogenMod M8 Released, Based On Android 4.4.4

CyanogenMod has recently released its new Android v4.4.4 KitKat CM11 M8 firmware. This update appears to be the most stable version of CM 11.0 M8, and brings a lot of security updates with it.

Users who replaced their original Android systems with Cyanogenmod 11 M8 custom roms, can apply the newest update to their roms, from now. CM 11 M8 build is a popular alternative for OEM, supported by more than 50 devices. The newest devices added to the list are Sony Xperia Z2, Xioami Mi2, Oppo Find, and OnePlus One.

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As mentioned, this update brings a lot of security fixes, as well as some bug fixes. You can find more information about this update on CyanogenMod Developers Blog.

One of the most notable features added with this update is “Heads Up”. This feature enables notifications that appear over an active app. This will allow you to respond to notifications, without leaving the application.

The concept of this feature is similar to “chat head” that are used by Facebook Messenger. This feature also has the ‘do not disturb filter’, which allows you to turn off Heads Up, to prevent interrupting games or other apps that you want to use without any annoyances.

Another interesting security update is the locking down of hidden apps on the launcher display. This update will also bring various changes to settings, replacing “interface” category with more relative items such as “status bar”, “notification drawer”, and “gestures”.

This update is told to be the most stable in M8 series and will certainly bring desired changes to those who were waiting for it. The compete update log includes:

  • Common: Android 4.4.4 (Google)
  • New Devices: Sony Xperia Z2 (sirius); Xiaomi Mi2 (aries); Oppo Find 7a/s (find7); OnePlus One (bacon)
  • Common: Fix VPN issues related to 4.4.3 merge
  • Common: Enable ‘Heads Up’ notification mode (Settings > Notifications)
  • Settings: ‘Interface’ replaced by ‘Status Bar’, ‘Notification Drawer’, and ‘Gestures’
  • Settings: Moved ‘Expanded Desktop’ to ‘Display’
  • Settings: Moved all lock screen related items to ‘Lock Screen’ and removed duplicates from ‘Security’
  • Settings: Moved ‘Navigation Bar’ layout control to ‘Buttons’
  • Trebuchet: Custom Homescreen grid size
  • Trebuchet: Add Protected Apps feature
  • Trebuchet: Add Search Panel (Google Now) option
  • WhisperPush: No longer ignores ‘Blacklist’
  • Futex: Protect against Towelroot
  • Various small bugfixes, global and device-specific

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