CyanogenMod 11.0 M8 snapshots are now available to download for the OnePlus One, Galaxy S Relay 4G, Acer Iconia Tab A700, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet and the Xiaomi Mi2. The custom build of Android will be rolling out to several other Android devices in the coming days, featuring Android 4.4.4 and an impressive number of new features.
CyanogenMod 11.0 M8 as a whole fixes VPN issues related to the Android 4.4.3 merge, enables “heads up” notification mode, reorganizes the Settings user interface, makes various small bug fixes and much more.
Meanwhile, the Trebuchet launcher gets a new protected apps feature, a custom home screen grid size and adds a search panel option with Google Now. WhisperPush no longer requires “blacklist,” and Futex is now protected against Towelroot.
The official changelog for the software is as follows (via Reddit):
### 11.0.0 M8
* 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
CyanogenMod 11.0 M7 was released almost one month ago to the date, with a calculator app redesign, improved theming performance on low-memory devices, moved and consolidated settings, improved Bluetooth support for new car audio systems and more. An official CyanogenMod Installer app for OS X was released at the start of the year, making it easier for Mac users to install the custom ROM.