The CyanogenMod team announced in a blog post this morning that it has started pushing its Android Marshmallow-based CM13 nightlies to a handful of older Android phones. It does note, however, that if you’re currently using YOG4P orYOG7D builds of CM12.1 and are happy with its stability, you may want to give the CM13 nightly a miss. A nightly — for those who are unaware — is essentially a beta custom ROM build that CyanogenMod pushes out to its users.
Handsets included in this nightly release included the following:
- OnePlus One
- Nexus 7
- LG G4
- Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
- LG GPad 7.0
- LG G3 Verizon
- Moto X (2014)
CyanogenMod explains that there will be a noticeable dip in quality if you decide to flash the CM13 nightly on to your compatible device, and that the wait shouldn’t be too long for the ‘official’ SNAPSHOT CM13 release is pushed. The company is planning to push the official, tested and finalized version of CM13 to users in January.
If you’re on a 12.1 nightly, you can ‘dirty flash’ CM13 — by updating like any regular person would — providing you also update any third party add-ons in the same pass. For instance, if you use Xposed or OpenGapps, you’ll need to flash Marshmallow-compatible versions after updating to the CM13 nightly. Users who have taken unofficial CM13 source code, or used a version found in the XDA community, CyanogenMod advises that you wipe your device before attempting to flash the official CM13 nightlies.
More 12.1 device will receive the CM13 nightly update over the coming weeks, and CyanogenMod expects its list of compatible devices to grow at a fast pace.
This news comes just a couple of weeks after the company revealed its plans for 2016. While it will continue to work on custom software for all kinds of devices, it’s also ramping up official retail partnerships with handset manufacturers. It plans to release a higher-end flagship device at some point next year, alongside multiple budget-friendly $75 smartphones. These budget phones compete directly with Android One phones and will aim to offer a great experience at a low price, with no bloatware installed.