Wednesday, June 6, 2012

CM9 alpha5 for Epic 4G Touch Released

After weeks of patches submitted upstream and device bug fixes from Team Epic, we're proud to finally present CM9 alpha5 for the Epic 4G. This build is most likely to be our final alpha build before we're ready to go into our beta cycle. Even with that, expect a few kinks and issues, as this isn't a Release Candidate or Final version of our product. Nonetheless, we as Team Epic feel this is monumental enough for a public release. Please, follow us on Google+ and Facebook, for the latest info regarding progress on CM9 for the Sprint Epic 4G Touch. Also, be sure to check in the Issue Tracker to see if your issue has been posted.


Release Notes

  • In alpha5, we decided to get rid of the ability to reboot into recovery. Mind you, this is temporary. This decision was based on the user not being able to do anything in the recovery to begin with, with the eMMC bug in our devices' firmware, currently. This ability will be added back in the next public release of Cyanogenmod 9 for the Epic 4G Touch.

    Which brings me to my next point:
  • As said earlier, this will be our final alpha release before we delve into our beta cycle. With the imminent release of ICS for the Epic 4G Touch, there will surely be an imminent release of kernel sources, too. With that, we can patch up the eMMC devastating bug in the kernel, granted it's not already patched up by Samsung. 
Changelog
  • Lockscreen Weather Widget. CM9 users now have the ability to add a widget to the lockscreen to display weather information.
  • Lockscreen Calendars Widget. CM9 users now are able to display their calendar on the lockscreen.
  • Apollo Music Player. CM9 now has a completely revamped music player with improved aesthetics and added functionalities. Click the link for more information.
  • Phantom Voicemail fix now merged in CM9
    • Non-Sprint carrier users probably will want to enable Phone > Settings > Message Wait Indicator if they use non-visual voicemail.
  • Calibration fixed in Device Settings. Prior, there was bad logic in the code for actually calibrating the gsensors. That has now been fixed.
  • Capacitive Lights Settings fixed in Device Settings. Like calibration, the there was an issue in the code for the checkbox preference to actually work. This has been fixed. 
    • How the checkbox is currently set to work is that when checked, the lights will be enabled; they will timeout after 6 seconds. With the checkbox unchecked, you completely turn off the touchkey lights altogether.
  • Switch to AOSP Charger. Charging when the phone is turned off is now using AOSP code and icons.
  • Kernel updated to FF02. Pretty self-explanatory.
Links
See the CM9 Status page for more details on the ROM, then head over to the CM9 Install Guide to install the ROM. Please check the Epic Touch CM Issue Tracker to see if your bug has been reported, before filing a new issue report.




20 comments:

  1. Awesome. Still waiting for a more stable release though. Keep up the amazing work.

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  2. How much more stable do you need? I have been running this thing daily since Alpha 3 and I absolutely love it.

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  3. Quick question, is there any way to make the battery last longer...I know about Kobridge Tweaks and all that...but even with, my battery lasts about 5 hours max, while on AOKP and MIUI it lasts much longer, though still not as long as GB. I'm aware this isn't a support thread, just hoping for a quick answer.

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  4. I'm sure (and hope) it will eventually be improved. It definitely needs to be, but i have faith.

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  5. Does anyone know if you are having problem with GPS. I am haveing problem. Not Catching signal.

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  6. I noticed some battery improvements today! Will continue to test.

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  7. I've been running Alpha 4 for about a week and today my phone has been rebooting every 5 minutes all day long. Anyone else experiencing this?

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  8. Any word on when it's going into the beta cycle?

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    1. Please read... "This will be our last Alpha version before we get ready to go into our beta cycle." :D so excited!

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  9. Does anyone else have a problem where the wifi connection will just be lost and you have to turn wifi off/on to get it to connect again? This started for me in alpha 3 or 4 (I think it was 4) and continues in alpha 5. Kinda annoying.

    I know this is a ton of work and I really appreciate it! Absolutely LOVE the lock screen shortcuts!!!!

    Also, what exactly is the difference between alpha and beta cycles?

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  10. I can't access my internal storage

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  11. just flashed two days ago, absolutely loving it besides gps not working. will donate as soon as beta hits the servers. Thanks CM team!

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    1. I did the GPS lock. It works fine now

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    2. I'm also having trouble with GPS. What do you mean by GPS lock?

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  12. is there anyway to have cwm on alpha 5? i cant flash anything

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    1. yea. check qbking77 on youtube he has a way, or use goo.im from the google play store

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