October 10, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
The CyanogenMod Dev Team panel discussion was the most attended panel at the Big Android BBQ. Not surprising considering that many of the attendees at the Android-focused event own phones running CyanogenMod. The BBQ gave those folks a chance to ask questions from the CM team, provide a couple of suggestions on things they’d like to see, and get what’s probably the 2nd ever on-the-record promise of an ETA for a release.
Many of you were probably disappointed to not attend the BBQ or catch the livestream of the event. Thankfully, Matt Abdou had the foresight to press record on his camera and capture the whole thing for posterity’s sake. Embedded below is the full 57-minute CyanogenMod session that gives users a chance to see the Android world’s most popular dev team field questions from their fans.
Watch the whole video to learn more about the CM team. Among the many topics discussed, the panel addressed features that could appear in future versions of CM, the possibility of CM integrating Ice Cream Sandwich, what they’d like to see from Android, and how users can improve the experience of the ROM. Don’t have 57 minutes? Well, you must be incredibly busy. However, I’ll give you a quick rundown of a few key lessons to take away from the session:
- Android is awesome (duh) and meant to be customized. The CM dev team, also known as Team Douche, are very open to “kangs” of the software, which is when a developer mods their mods. (No, I will not make a Yo Dawg joke.)
- There is a great deal of work that goes into every CM release, so resources – human and clockwise – are always at a premium. If you have development skills and are capable of building for a specific device not yet supported, the team may welcome you on as a maintainer of that device.
- Task killers suck. Of course, you already knew that, right?
- The CyanogenMod team is a labor of love. “We’re not here to make money,” was the exact line used when someone asked if the team patented any of their ideas or worried about legal issues the way that Android OEM’s face. Cyanogen responded that those aren’t things they worry about, which is understandable considering that they have more than 700,000 users across dozens of devices to code for with each release.
Many thanks to Matt “Gyver” Abdou for sharing this on YouTube without everyone who was unable to attend. I was busy grabbing a bite when the session started, so it was great to be able to watch the full session later.