CyanogenMod has been a boon for people who are not wealthy enough to buy a new phone whenever they realise their erstwhile smartphone is now a dumbphone. The custom ROM has always come to their rescue and let them satisfy the craving for the latest version of Android through the past year and half. The heroes behind the mod recently posted that they would be starting work on CyanogenMod 10, and it appears they have now added SMS options to the CyanogenMod 10 Jelly Bean ROM.
CyanogenMod announced via a Google+ post last week that a new feature - Quick Message - has been integrated into CM’s Jelly Bean code branch, as per a report by Android Police. Quick Message displays a dialog box that pops up whenever a message is received. You can reply to messages from within the dialog itself, view a message in the Messaging app, swipe between messages or close the notification. Quick Message has been developed by David van Tonder.
CyanogenMod 10 gets new SMS features
Following some suggestions by users, CyanogeMod has announced that Van Tonder is working on additional functionality to the feature. The addition lets you selectively launch a quick reply panel from the notification bar. This is only available if you have disabled the pop-up Quick Message dialogue, though.
CyanogenMod is a custom ROM based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and comes without any of the crapware that carriers or manufacturers like to add, such as extra apps or a custom UI skin. CyanogenMod 9 is based on Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and while many of the ports for unsupported devices have some issues, the team counts the ROM stable enough and said that they will be maintaining the ROM and fixing any major issues that come up.
CyanogenMod 10 is based on Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean). A question that the team has been asked by some people is why they bothered to finish CyanogenMod 9 while already actively developing CyanogenMod 10. Their answer was: “We don’t like to leave things incomplete. There is no profit gained from what we do, so the satisfaction of completing a goal is our only reward”. The final build of CyanogenMod 9 would also work well as a suitable release for the masses, especially those who don’t have a fully functioning release of CyanogenMod 10 yet.
The team posted an update on Google+ in July that said that they would begin full-fledged development on CyanogenMod 10 as soon as they had a stable version of CyanogenMod 9, which has now happened. The team had also confirmed that porting ‘Project Butter’ over to other devices shouldn’t be much of an issue. Also, building a CyanogenMod 10 ROM shouldn’t take as long as CyanogenMod 9, since Jelly Bean is just a tweaked version of Ice Cream Sandwich. One of the reasons why it was taking this long to build a stable CyanogenMod 9 ROM is that they had to start from scratch with CyanogenMod 9. Since Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) was a major overhaul over Gingerbread, the team decided to rewrite all the enhancements from the ground up. This prolonged the development cycle, but the end result was worth the wait. For CyanogenMod 10, they just have to incorporate the new code into CyanogenMod 9, which should be a painless process.