Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Cyanogenmod 13 Changelog

Cyanogen  announced CM 13.0 which brings Android 6.0.1 (r17) goodies such as the battery saving ‘doze’ functionality and new permissions model

CM13 Changelog

A delta between 12.1 and 13.0 will show thousands of changes (Google’s, Qualcomms’s, Linux Foundation, CM Community’s, etc), but let’s take a look at the ones that you are likely to notice:

Whisperpush capability (encrypted SMS) – removed
Removed from CM software globally, no replacement
Settings > About phone > Advanced mode – removed.
New behavior is to show all settings at all times.
Settings > Notification Drawer > Quick Settings – removed
New behavior is to control layout and options directly via QS panel via ‘edit’ tile or long-press of settings gear in the pull down area
QS panel configuration items such as ‘enlarge first row’ and ‘show weather’ now present on leftmost QS pane while in edit mode.
‘Advanced location settings’ renamed to ‘Tri-state location’
Settings > Status bar
New controls for ‘Status bar icons’ (repurposing of SystemUI tuner from AOSP)
Settings > Lockscreen > Quick unlock – removed
No replacement; security constraint due to Android Gatekeeper
Settings > Sim Cards > manual provisioning switch (Multisim) – removed
Reliant on Qualcomm extphone. Currently no replacement.
Settings > About phone > Build date
Triple tap to access demo mode (developer/marketing feature to standardize renders).
Settings > Lock screen > Owner info – replaced
Replaced with ‘Lock screen message’ (AOSP change)
Settings > Memory
New screen (AOSP) to show memory usage over a selected period of time
Device specific implementations of double-tap-to-wake replaced by AOSP implementation
No major user impact
CM implementation of silent mode replaced by AOSP implementation
CM Protected apps
New folder UX for viewing protected content
Fingerprint support for accessing protected content
Enhanced ability to prevent access while retaining usability
A protected app can no longer be launched via Play Store
App notifications and services are not hampered by protection status
Power menu ability to swap System Profiles – removed
Engineering constraint – QS panel tile for System Profiles as functional replacement
New SMS/MMS Application
We have switched off of the Qualcomm based messaging application (Mms-caf) to the AOSP one (Messaging). Notable features such as ‘Quick reply’ are available, but there may be slight variations in UI/UX.
Due to new permission model API in M, Privacy guard has been re-engineered to be compliant with this new environment. Primary permission request for ‘Normal’ security level permissions will be handled by our package manager for non Google users, or Google’s manager for those that opt for Googley bits.
Users retain ability to control fine-grained permissions via Settings > Privacy > Privacy Guard
Snap Camera
Some devices now ship with an enhanced camera app based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon camera. For devices that do not support the Snap app, you will retain the Camera2 app as in 12.1.

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