Cyanogen has started rolling out final snapshot releases of both CyanogenMod 11 and CyanogenMod 12.0 for compatible smartphones. The company has also revealed that it will shift focus to the next build named CM12.1 based on Android 1.1 Lollipop (specifically the Android 5.1.1_r5 build released on Wednesday), and that this means the CM11.0 and CM12.0 snapshot builds will be the final releases.
The Cyanogen OS 12.0 update addresses heating issues that were mostly reported earlier. The camera app has also been tweaked for better low light images and macro shots. This new software is an incremental update packing few features and enhancements.
Some of the compatible devices for which CM11 and CM12.0 final snapshots are available include Google Nexus 7, HTC One M8, LG G2 (Sprint), Samsung Galaxy S4, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Zuk Z1, Yuphoria among others.
”The new Cyanogen OS 12.1 having a proximity sensor and patches are provided which include the auto calibration of proximity sensor.”
It also includes an updated firmware for the keyboard to improve typing and gestures. Additionally, the entire camera stack has been rebuilt with reworked camera tunings. This will greatly improve the camera to capture more details under various lighting conditions.
The company adding further notes that nightlies and weeklies for CM11 and CM12.0 branches will be slowly phased out with Android M’s entry to nightlies. However, no estimated release date has been announced.
Cyanogen also advises users who have shifted to CM 12.1 nightly to not downgrade to these builds.
Cyanogen believes that CM11 bug issues won’t be massive while considering CM12.0 has code base similar to CM12.1 – “the bug likely impacts both branches if present.”