CyanogenMod 10 Is Out!

It's not built for every device yet, but expect it for your phone pretty soon.

The new release is based on Jelly Bean 4.1, and here are some features that have been added.

-Built in File Manager with root access.

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-Apollo Music Player, a heavily modified stock music player with lots of additional features, the GUI is reminiscent of Play Music, and of course it has FLAC support. I was surprised to find that it actually downloads artist pictures automatically, like all the ones in the screenshot below. If you have a BlueTooth stereo you can see the artist track and title names with AVRCP 1.3, a feature Google has been neglecting for a few years.

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-Other Bluetooth enhancements include support for BT GPS, Keyboard/Mouse, and improved MAP profile (for text messaging, ex. with Ford Sync)

-Lock screen shortcuts (Unlock, Camera, and Google Now) can be customized, and rather than the current three, you can have up to five shortcuts. There are also location-aware weather, and calendar appointment lockscreen widgets.

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-Lockscreen shortcuts can be as simple as applications or as advanced as automatically navigating you to a certain address, direct dialing a contact, or bringing you to a specific label in Gmail.

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Basically any application that has registered Activities can have a shortcut. However powerful, this isn't always trivial and there are quite a few activities which have no use as lockscreen shortcuts, such as adding a new email account to the device.

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-Noticication area widgets are in, just like every other CM release. These can be customized and reordered. You have fine-grained control over how they behave on your phone. For example you can set the data widget to switch between 2G, 2G+3G, 3G only, or off. There are similar settings for sound and brightness modes. Also new in the notification area, clicking on the date will bring you directly to Calendar, and the time to Clock.

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-The clock application now also acts as a stopwatch and timer.

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-Veteran CyanogenMod users will know that it usually ships with a pretty powerful and customizable equalizer. The way this works is that it allows you to tweak all sound going to each output individually.

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-Here you see that there are also presets and a 6-band graphic equalizer.

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-Another mainstay is tethering, available in WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB flavors.

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-Perhaps one of the most-anticipated features is the new Quick Message feature. Similar (I hear) to a feature on the iPhone. Swiping left/right will move between new messages. Messenger now also has Emoji support.

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-Another one that many people are looking forward to, a built in updater, so no more ROM Manager or GooManager if you just want to update and stay with CM.

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-When a volume key is pressed you have the option of having an expanded panel where multiple phone volumes can be changed in one place.

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-Per app notification LED customization is a feature exclusive to the Galaxy Nexus AFAIK, but I don't see why this wouldn't be available on other phones with multi-color LEDs.

-This one is for people talking about how on-screen buttons are useless. To the rest of us it seemed like a good idea, solving problems such as not knowing when the menu button would actually bring up a menu, and ubiquitous menu button order. Now you can actually change the function of the existing buttons and add one more, to have four buttons rather than three Bin4j_medium

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-The calculator, now a graphing calculator, has a few other additional modes.

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-The description for Expanded Desktop is right from the CyanogenMod PR department.

Ever been on a roll in Fruit Ninja and accidentally hit the home soft-button while ferociously slicing an orange? No? Well pretend you have; this will fix that.


Selectively hide the status bar and navigation bar for those pesky not-so-fullscreen apps!I'll end with a quote from today about where CyanogenMod is going when the 4.2 source is out.

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There are many more features in CyanogenMod 10 and to call this a full review would be doing it a disservice. The best thing you can do is just load it on your device and start looking around.

Eager to know where CyanogenMod is going next? Here it is, right from the horses mouth.

We eagerly await the source to hit the AOSP repos. When it does, we will begin the task of defining what is new, what has changed, and what CM features should stay (or go). We already anticipate removing the CM enhancements to the Clock app (Google made their own), and enhancing the Quick Settings (most likely not porting over the Notification Power Widgets). However, these assessments are preliminary, and won't be finalized until MR1, or whatever tag is used, gets has the source to go with it.

Edit: Oh and yes, before its asked, 4.2 will be CM 10.1 (not CM11).