It's kind of hard to keep up with all the cool new features in CM6, so I thought I'd post a little review and some of my favorite features from the release the other day (#153). These aren't all new for this release (in fact, I don't think any of them are), but some are new since the stable release, and they are all not found in the stock rom.
Power Control in notifications dropdown: This is an exciting new feature, inspired by the Galaxy S . At the top of the notifications dropdown, you have room for up to 6 toggles. They can be any of the following:
Sound: Toggle between sound, vibrate, and silent (and combinations)
Brightness: You can pick which modes you want this toggle to switch between (Auto, Dim, 25%, 40%, 75%, 100%, Full)
Wifi AP: Doesn't do anything on Droid, unfortunately, as far as I can tell.
Screen Timeout: Set the screen timeout
LED Flashlight: Has two different brightness options, I didn't notice a difference on Droid
Here's a SS of how it looks with a white status bar. It looks like crap with a black status bar at the moment, but hopefully that will get addressed.
Quiet Hours: A neat feature that lets you specify a start and end time where notifications don't make noise. You can also disable vibrations and dim the LED. Phone calls will still ring.
LED Notifications: You can set per-application LED color and blink-style settings. Nice for distinguishing between notifications from different apps if the apps don't have their own built-in LED color settings. You can also group applications into categories to apply the same settings to multiple applications.
Status Bar Options: In other roms, these kinds of tweaks required manual editing of framework files and were a pain. Now you can pick them from a menu!
- Battery percentage display on/off, text color selection
- Clock display on/off, text color selection, AM/PM selection
- Signal Strength display
- Status bar color, text colors, notification dropdown colors, etc.
Screen Timeout: You can set the screen timeout delay to be different than the screen lock delay. Meaning that you can make the screen power off in 30s but not lock for 5 minutes, but if you manually turn off the screen with the power button, it locks immediately. Very nice option.
Automatic Backlight: You can tweak more about the automatic backlight settings than anyone ever should need to.
ADWLauncher 1.2: The latest version of ADW is included with this nightly. This includes:
- Widget resizing
- App Categories: you can create different categories of applications (utilities, games, etc) and turn apps on and off in the app tray when that category is selected. What's new for this release is that you can create a custom launcher to display a category directly without selecting it. So you make a category "Games" and a category "Default". You tag all your games to be in Games, and you tag everything else to be in Default (and untag all the applications you want to hide). You select Default to be the category displayed when you hit the app tray, and you make a custom shortcut to load the games list. Great for when somebody wants to borrow your phone to play games - you don't want them opening up "ROM Manager" by accident!
Silent State: Add a state for complete silence to volume control. This makes the volume rocker behave like it did before 2.2. Awesome!
Advanced Call Settings: Lots of options in here. I like the vibrate on answer option.
Security Settings: You can turn off the display of the pattern lock to make it "ninja". You can display a custom message to let anybody picking up your phone know who it belongs to and how to return it without letting them unlock the screen.
WiFi Options: You can connect to Ad-Hoc networks, use the extra channels 11-14.
Apps2sdext: Is not in there, yet. It DOES WORK, though, if you're willing to jump through a few hoops to set it up.