The team in charge of CyanogenMod announced the first wave of nightlies for the Android Marshmallow-based CyanogenMod 13. So far the list is quite short, including support for only seven devices, but more should be supported in the coming weeks.
The devices that are now supported by CM 13 are the following:
OnePlus One (bacon)Nexus 7 (deb & flo)LG G4 (h815)Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (mondrianwifi)LG GPad 7.0 (v400 & v410)LG G3 Verizon (vs985)Moto X 2014 (victara)
The developers also gave some warnings before you start flashing the ROM to the supported devices. Those who are on the CM 12.1 YOG4P or CM 12.1 YOG7D releases should stay on the Snapshot release channel, as they are much more stable than the current CM 13 nightlies. CM 13 is expected to reach Snapshot stage in January of next year.
Everyone who is on a CM 12.1 nightly release can do a "dirty flash," but only if they also upgrade all of their add-ons (Xposed, OpenGapps, etc.) at the same time.
The team also recommended those who are using unofficial ports of CyanogemMod 13 source code to wipe the device before flashing the new official CM 13. The two ROMs may not be compatible with each other, despite sharing similar source code.
The new Marshmallow-based upgrade should bring new features such as Doze, which significantly improves standby battery life; a new permission manager (CyanogenMod already had the Privacy Guard, but it shouldn't be necessary anymore in Android 6.0); built-in support for fingerprint readers; a memory manager to track which apps use too much memory; and Google Now on Tap (among other things.)
If your device is among the few that are now supported, you can head to the CyanogenMod download page to get the new ROM.
Lucian Armasu joined Tom’s Hardware in early 2014. He writes news stories on mobile, chipsets, security, privacy, and anything else that might be of interest to him from the technology world. Outside of Tom’s Hardware, he dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.