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If you're not quite brave enough for nightly builds, but aren't content to wait around for stable ones, CyanogenMod's M builds might be just right. Today you can grab the latest M3 build of CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat) straight from the source. It isn't available on every device quite yet, but it's only a matter of time.

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The M builds are "snapshots" of the ROM that are released about every month. There are fewer bugs than nightlies, but the polish from a release candidate or stable build might not be there. Although, CM's M builds are sometimes better than the stable versions of some other ROMs. In general, you shouldn't have any showstopping issues running an M build, and it's a hell of a lot faster than waiting for a stable release.

M3 is already live for devices like the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), and LG G2. Other devices are likely to be added, so check back if your phone or tablet isn't live yet. Don't forget to grab the updated Gapps package and, for goodness' sake, back up before you flash things.

Update: The CyanogenMod blog has been updated with details on the M3 build. M3 includes an updated version of the Trebuchet launcher based on Android 4.4 Launcher3 code. There are also some user experience tweaks, the auto-start tweaks, some additional transparency support, and more. Check out the post for all the deets.

[CM Downloads]

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  • razorsbk

    So about one month until Stable release.

    • Mike Spo

      Where are you getting that from...?

      • razorsbk

        Just calculated based on previous stable release for my device.

        • Dmitri Smirnov

          Wrong. Stable release is only out when there is nothing more to add (everyone switches their development to newer branch), so no stable untill 5.0 (or 4.5) will come out.

  • bob

    waiting for OTA!

  • Wouter

    Also available for Nexus 4 and LG G Pad, nice.

  • merman1983

    I'm an M release kind of guy. (never have the patience for the CM Updater to get a release) Just hope the recent nightly data issues with the VZW GNex have been worked out ...

  • epsiblivion

    how far back is the merge for ville M3 in terms of nightlies? am I better off flashing 2/10 nightly instead? I'm on the 2/3 build right now

    • Arif Ullah

      You might as well flash the M3, in my opinion, I'd say that would be better. :)

  • Jinghuang Lim

    Anyone with LG G2 tried this yet? Does it support Knock On?

    • Luxembourg

      It works on my tmo g2. The big issue ivsee is that it barely gets 3g. Nob4g late likebi did with stock. I am hoping therevwill be a workaround or a fix. Otherwise ibwill have tobgo back to stock.

  • Nerds Logic

    Is ART supported yet?

  • Anis Hardinger

    Whats the besteht way to flash it oder a previous nightly build? Just flash without ans wipeing?

    I flashed a cm11 nightly onto my gpad yesterday

    • DanSan

      yea, should be good just dirty flashing. its basically just like a less buggy nightly build

  • Bharat Mehta

    Still not got the OTA on my galaxy nexus

    • Rippers

      will there be an OTA for M3?