CyanogenMod has just announced the availability of CyanogenMod 10.2. Aside from being the latest stable release of the popular custom Android ROM, this also marks a few changes in the development track of the community, particularly the shift in focus to the latest Android 4.4 codebase.
This stable release comes at the heels of the release candidate announced just last week. For the initial run of builds, CyanogenMod 10.2 will support devices that also received the RC build, including the Nexus 4 and later, HTC One, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Captivate, and Acer Iconia Tab A7000. Builds for other officially supported devices will soon follow and there might be unofficial builds for devices who have been dropped from CyanogenMod’s list.
No changelog has been given for this release but those following the ROMs development closely might be familiar with things to expect aside from the bump to Android 4.3. In particular, CyanogenMod 10.2 includes an interesting feature in Privacy Guard that has been added last September. In this release, Privacy Guard will give users access to App ops, allowing them to exercise fine-grained control over the permissions that each and every app uses, be it using the network, sending or receiving SMS, or getting the user’s location.
CyanogenMod is also switching gears and will put most of its muscle into the development of CyanogenMod 11, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat. This also means that there will no longer be nightly builds based on Ice Cream Sandwich in order to channel its resources into CyanogenMod 11. Of course, there will still be CM 10.2 nightly builds and the community will continue to provide fixes and security patches for the release when necessary.