The CyanogenMod team has announced the availability of the first nightly builds of CyanogenMod 13, which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. If you own one of the devices listed in this post below, then you should go to CyanogneMod’s download web page and grab the latest CM 13 Nightly build.
The team does point out that these are nightly builds which means that they are a work-in-progress
The new Nightly CM 13 builds should incorporate Doze, a new stock Marshmallow feature that improves battery standby time, a new app permissions control that was already present in previous CM builds, but not it should be better since it is native to Android 6.0 and the fingerprint API for devices with fingerprint scanners. We have no confirmation about the work that CyanogenMod has done to Fingerprint API and we should learn more about it after a whole month of CM 13 Nightly builds are released.
Those who would like to flash them should keep in mind that they might encounter a few bugs here and there, though that’s not going to irk users who have installed CyanogenMod ROMs on their handsets previously.
So far CyanogenMod 13 nightly builds have only been released for the aforementioned devices, the team does say that this list is going to be expanded quite a bit in the coming days, so do check back soon too find out whether or not your device has also received a beta build of CyanogenMod 13.
CM13 Nightlies are not stable builds, but you should still get the basic Android 6.0 Marshmallow functions along with some extra things created by the CyanogenMod team. With each new Nightly build that gets released you will see better performance and a much more stable Android environment. After enough “stable” Nightlies are rolled out, CyanogenMod will push the first SNAPSHOT CM 13 update, that should incorporate all the important Android 6.0 Marshmallow functions along with tons of extra goodies designed by themselves.
Normally, nightly builds are not stable in comparison to the Snapshot releases. The CyanogenMod team recommends that people who have CM 12.1 YOG4P or CM 12.1 YOG7D releases should stick to the Snapshot release and not flash their devices to CM13 nightly build. However, those who are willing to download the latest build can do so, but there will be some quality issues.
CyanogenMod suggests that the team is working on a CM13 Snapshot release that is expected to be made available by January 2016
“If you are on a 12.1 nightly, you can ‘dirty flash’ CM13 (read update like any sane person) as long as you also update your third party add-ons in the same pass. This means, if you use Xposed, OpenGapps, etc. flash a Marshmallow compatible version of them immediately after your CM13 flash,” per CyanogenMod team.
The team also recommends that if users have any unofficial, self-made or XDA builds of the CM13 source code, then they should delete them completely before downloading the nightlies.
CM13 will bring a number of new features, such as Fingerprint sensor and Multi-Window support to Android devices. It will also bring a new user interface design and keep the app drawer that is also a feature on CM 12.1. Google introduced new app drawer in Android 6.0 Marshmallow and it allows users to organize apps in alphabetical order.
CyanogenMod ROMs are known for better battery backup in comparison to stock ROMs due to the absence of bloatware app on it. Android 6.0 Marshmallow will improve battery backup by two times when compared to Android Lollipop. This means that CM13 will also bring improved battery backup in its upcoming ROMS.
The new CM 13 Nightlies released today are available for the following devices only: OnePlus One, 2013 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi and LTE models, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, LG G Pad 7.0, LG G4 International model, Verizon LG G3 and the Motorola Moto X 2014 edition. More devices will be added in the following weeks, so you should keep an eye on our Update and How To section to learn when these builds are ready for download. Also, make sure to check the guides in case you’re a beginner and you want to learn how to tinker with your Android device’s operating system.
Handsets included in this nightly release included the following:
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.
After you install one of these CM 13 Nighlty builds on your device, then you should keep updating it with new releases by going to Settings> About Phone> CyanogenMod Updates menu. With each new Nightly build that is released by the CyanogenMod team you will end up getting a much more stable and better CM 13 Android 6.0 ROM.
Tell us in comments if you’re planning on flashing a CyanogenMod 13 Android 6.0 Nightly build on your device.