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The CyanogenMod team announced recently that CyanogenMod 11 M6 is now available for more than 50 devices. In a blog post, the team behind the project said that it will soon start to push out Milestone, or "M" releases instead of publications labeled "stable" or "RC" (release candidate) in the future. Part of the reason is to curtail concerns that the team is moving slowly to hit stable releases.

"To answer why, you have to understand just what it was the 'stable' builds afforded us," Cyanogen said. "Beyond just being a trusted label to assuage the more risk-adverse users, it was our marker for accepting reports to our bug tracker. This had a few pain points, but most notable it meant months of code would be introduced with no particular predictability, which led to gaps between identifying issues from your reports, fixing them and then releasing them in the next stable."

Cyanogen said its goal is to get releases out every two weeks, but right now the "M" release schedule is to push an update out once every four weeks. The company hopes to get to a two-week release stage by the end of this year. Here's a look at the changes in M6:

Quiet Hours – Fix longpress QS tile option
Voice+ – Integrate into settings (under Wireless and Networks > 'More')
Blacklist – Add provider permissions
Lockscreen – Fix custom wallpaper crashes and album art issues
Display – Consolidate screen-off animation options (remove checkbox)
Bluetooth – Upstream updates and fix issues with audio routing to select car makes/models and disconnect issues
MultiSim – Additional support patches (15+) and UI/UX modifications
Lockscreen – Disable elements when in custom lockscreen
Quick Settings – Options to show smaller tiles; add BT device name to tile
Quick Settings – Fix QS tiles layout in landscape mode
Usage Stats – Fix screen on stats after boot
Resolve memory leaks in Frameworks
Settings – Show 'eject card' action for USB storage
Theme Engine – Introduce new Engine capabilities (chooser to arrive in nightlies this week)
Parallel Shutdown – Decrease shutdown time
Address security vulnerability for icons
Downloads – Add pause/resume support
Trebuchet – Hidden apps and labels support
Remove parallel boot dexopt from stable/cm-11.0 branch And more (all changes from Mar 29th to April 30th)