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CyanogenMod 11.0, 12.0 and 12.1 released - security patches and Android 5.1.1 in tow
CyanogenMod continues to be the most popular third-party Android ROM in the world, so you can be sure they are trying to keep their software as fresh as possible. This does warrant plenty of software upgrades a year. Today we are here to welcome a few stable releases to CyanogenMod; these would be versions 11.0, 12.0 and 12.1.
What are these software updates all about? The most important of the bunch is likely the 12.1 release, which marks the first time the company launches an Android 5.1.1 build. There’s plenty of improvements to be had. These upgrades include changes to the Settings menus, as well as added features like ‘double-tap to wake’ and ‘lift to wake’. Read all about these new capabilities here.
On the other hand, the new CyanogenMod 11.0 and 12.0 releases are all about security. These updates are said to include patches to vulnerabilities, including those which affect Stagefright. This Stagefright craze has everyone going nuts over the possibility of attackers gaining control of our devices with simple MMS messages. It definitely didn’t help that the vulnerability affected 95% of all Android smartphones. Now CyanogenMod users can be at ease.
Don’t go trying to download and install these software updates quite yet, though. Pay close attention to the CyanogenMod release versions. Make sure everything is compatible. And remember, not every CyanogenMod-supported device can take advantage of this software right away. Only those marked as “Good to go” by the maintainer are… well, good to go.
There’s likely no longer a need to mention this, but here we go: keep in mind rooting and installing third-party ROMs may void your warranty and/or harm your device. Be careful, do your research and keep reminding yourself that if something bad is to happen, all responsibility falls on you.
With that out of the way, here’s the link to the Downloads page; go get your new software!