So many of you know that Android N is being rolled out today. I was a bit surprised to see this considering the new Nexus devices have yet to be announced. History told us that this would never happen but it did (where’s that crow at). Google seems to have lost their mind but we’re ready for the cluster ahead.
The point of this post is to give our users some insight on where we’re at and where we plan to be in the coming months. I’ll start off by saying that is been great working on Android M. We’ve all learned a lot and really enjoyed ourselves along the way. For us we gained new talent and saw “old talent” step up and really it was great seeing people come together on a common goal. We had a lot of pieces, some didn’t work but in the end I think we’re happy where things ended up at. We made some mistakes but we’ve learned from them and hopefully don’t make the same ones twice.
Right now we’re waiting on security updates to roll out on Monday September 5th (2 weeks from now). Security updates will be merge as soon as we can into our source and we will release v10.6 on Friday September 9th. Version 10.6 will be our final M release. Weeklies will come to a stop Friday September 2nd. DU builds based off Android N will be label DU11.
While waiting for security updates to drop, we will go ahead and get a manifest for Android N going as soon Google pushes the source to AOSP. Don’t get too excited yet because we won’t be adding anything or releasing anything just yet. We will evaluate the source for about a week and see exactly what we have. We expect the worst out of Google and so we want to see what’s broken first before adding in a ton of things on top of it.
After we evaluate the source, we will try our best to fix any issues that we may find and really get a solid base. We have a cabinet full of unique features and want to make sure you enjoy them without any hiccups.
This cycle will catch those that like the kitchen sink ROMs by surprise. We will be focusing on less. People say less is more and that’s becoming more true than you guys can imagine. We’ve started to really see that a lot of mods were just there and that really nobody used them. We came to this conclusion by looking at our community. This doesn’t mean that we’re going for a vanilla look and we’re going to hype up a battery icon and a new wallpaper, that’s not that we mean. What we do mean is that you won’t see a lot of things in DU that are not used by us. Things like ‘gesture anywhere’, ‘app circlebar’ and a few other mods will be a thing of the past. You want to use those mods, don’t bother using DU because you won’t see it in future builds. We will focus on expanding even more on what we have and in turn provide more original work.
Do you plan on sticking with the CMTE?
Yes, we will go forward with the CMTE minus the CMSDK and everything we’ve done to it so far. Since the start of M, we’ve made significant changes to the CMTE and we’re curious where things lead. The CMTE for us provides a lot of flexibility for not just the user but for developers. Proof of this flexibility can be seen with the work we’ve done so far. Things like our themes tile, headers integration and the ability to continue to make use of features such as instant patching in apps like Arcus without the use of the CMSDK.
Are you guys still going to support the same devices?
I would love to tell you that we are and that your 3 year old device will keep going strong but that’s very unlikely. I’ve heard whispers from maintainers that they will drop devices because either is becoming too much of a pain to deal with hacks or they just really want to use something newer. As of right now, we can’t say for sure and provide you all with a list. You will for sure see a few devices swap out maintainers. Some maintainers are planning on getting newer devices and other maintainers are picking up those devices left behind. If your device does get drop from official support, don’t be surprised. Maintainers lose interest all the time or the device just gets too old or sometimes life hits and life is really unexpected.
So when can we expect DU11?
Like last year we don’t plan taking part in the annual ‘I’m first’ race. We’re not hungry for donations and we don’t have anything to prove. We’ll evaluate our source and very carefully move forward. We’re learning from past mistakes and rather just take our time. We’re constantly innovating and pushing out unique features. Really just pushing the bar, setting the standard and making the community better! Up until now, google has had a rough 8 month window between the time they release the source for the next Android version and the time they announce the next Nexus. For us that’s a long time to make sure we get things right so you won’t see builds from us for a while.
If anything changes, we will update via our G+ community so please keep an eye on there for teasers and updates!