CyanogenMod ROM users are about to get a taste of the pie, and no we don’t mean Key Lime Pie but the other pie that’s made popular by the Paranoid Android ROM. The CyanogenMod development team has announced that they have incorporated the much loved Pie Controls feature into the CyanogenMod 10.1 nightlies and has been included in the March 25 nightlies.
For those unfamiliar with Pie Controls it’s one of the best features of the Paranoid Android ROM. It allows the three buttons on your device to pop up on screen when you need them and automatically gets hidden when you don’t. This creates a much more usable space on the screen without taking away the navigation controls.
This amazing feature is brought over to CM by contributor Jens Doll. Jens completely rewrote the code and worked closely with the UI and UX team to make this feature available.
For those running other build of CM such as CM 7,9 , and 10 there’s still no official announcement if this feature will be made available.
CyanogenMod is one of the most popular ROM alternatives that users can use to replace the stock operating system of their device. This ROM can be installed in smartphones and tablets and offers a lot of features not found in the official firmware of your specific device. As of December of last year more than 3.6 million devices were already using this ROM. Some of the best features include native theming support, FLAC audio codec support, an OpenVPN client, an enhanced reboot menu, CPU overclocking and other performance enhancements.
Paranoid Android is another popular custom ROM that allows you to customize a hybrid user interface that combines elements of an Android tablet and a phone user interface. Basically, what you will be getting is the best of both worlds. There are also various customizations that you can do that are not available in the stock ROM of your device.