The people who work on CyanogenMod are very eager beavers who hop on top of updates to Android. It’s only been just a few months since we got the latest version of CM on Android 5.0. Now, it looks like developers are looking to reduce lead time between the public debut of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the soon-to-be CyanogenMod 13.0.
Code for the Bionic library and other Qualcomm framework variables were first submitted for review on Tuesday. The first strings of CyanogenMod 13.0 for a specific device came in the next day for the Nexus 5. Several more devices have been name dropped since then including the Nexus Player, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One M7, One Max and One M8, Motorola Moto X 2nd Gen. and all three generations of the Moto G, and LG G3 and G4. Some of those devices, you may note, will not receive Marshmallow officially, but CM13-related work is beginning on them anyway.
In the CyanogenMod forums, there’s a discussion going about when we’ll see the first full builds of version 13 with Android 6.0. One member — based on the dev history on Android 5.0 and 5.1 with CM12 and 12.1 — predicts an announcement by next April and a stable CM13 by July. Another forum user speculates that because of the Lollipop transition from 32-bit to 64-bit architecture and also to the new Material Design guidelines, CM12 took an especially long time to work with. That user would hope a new version would go out before ten months are up.
In the meantime, the work towards stabilizing CM12.1 continues.