One of the most well-respected and most-used custom ROMs for Android, CyanogenMod, has been stuck on CM 12.1, but CM 13 has been under development for some time now. Android Marshmallow was officially released nearly two months ago, but the CyanogenMod team kept quiet about when it would be available for flashing. Now, as of yesterday CyanogenMod 13 is available for select devices:
- OnePlus One (bacon)
- Nexus 7 (deb & flo)
- LG G4 (h815)
- Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (mondrianwifi)
- LG GPad 7.0 (v400 & v410)
- LG G3 Verizon (vs985)
- Moto X 2014 (victara)
There are some warnings with flashing CM 13, as usual. You are able to “dirty flash” from a CyanogenMod 12.1 nightly directly to the 13 nightly, but you will also need to update your Gapps packages, Xposed, etc. The list definitely started out small, but the CyanogenMod team is always hard at work and more devices are assured to pop up shortly.
If you are a user that likes very stable, reliable ROMs you might want to hold off for a few nightly builds. If you are impatient, like me, you’ll probably want to update as soon as possible. Android Marshmallow brings a lot of great features, most notably the Doze feature and App Permissions, even though CyanogenMod employed such a feature in previous builds.