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The CyanogenMod team explained last week that the KitKat-based CM11 will remain its focus until Google announces a release date for the stable version of Android L release. That means more Milestone releases, and the latest one, M8, has just hit the download servers.

CyanogenMod 11 M8 brings integration of code from Android 4.4.4, which Google launched around the release of M7, new features, and tweaks and bug fixes. All the changes have been present in nightlies for a while now, but now users that prefer the stability of Milestone releases can enjoy them too.

As of this writing, CM11 M8 builds are available for 18 devices, but more will follow in the next hours and days. CM11 M8 will eventually be available for about 80 devices, including some added in the past weeks, like the OnePlus One, Oppo Find 7 and 7a, Xiaomi Mi2, and the Sony Xperia Z2.

Some of the biggest features in CM11 M8 are the addition of the Heads Up notification mode, reorganized Settings options, and new features coming to the Trebuchet launcher.

Here’s the full changelog, as per CM:

  • 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 bug fixes, global and device-specific

Devices that M8 is available for so far include the Nexus 7 2013 LTE, OnePlus One, Xperia Z1 Compact, Galaxy S3 variants, and Optimus G and LG G2 variants. Head over to the download page to get your M8 serving.