CyanogenMod 13 Android ROM will have T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling support

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Wi-Fi Calling is a pretty important feature for T-Mobile phones to have, enabling devices to send texts and make calls even if cellular coverage is poor. Many T-Mo phones already support the feature, but soon you’ll be able to get the feature with a custom Android ROM, too.

Roman Birg, Cyanogen Inc. employee, today posted a screenshot of CyanogenMod 13 with T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling enabled. Birg explains that the Cyanogen team enabled the feature by blending some Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code with some “clever trickery” from the Cyanogen team. CyanogenMod 13 is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There’s no word yet on when the update will be released.

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The inclusion of T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling is a big deal for CyanogenMod 13. As I said before, it’s important for T-Mobile customers because they can make calls and send texts when cellular connectivity is poor, and many T-Mo folk are probably used to having it. Now that it’ll be in CM13, it’ll make that ROM a more attractive option for folks that like to tinker with their Android devices. And as Cyanogen works to make CyanogenMod a more mainstream OS, T-Mo Wi-Fi Calling support is a nice feature to have on CM’s checklist.

Via: Android Police
Source: +RomanBirg

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  • ianken

    Doesn’t T-Mobile need to certify devices for that? Might they frown on “trickery?” Still need to root and break mobile payment… the main reason I stopped running custom roms…

    • steveb944

      Marshmallow supports it out of your box allegedly.

      The most recent issue is with B12 voIP certification.

    • dtam

      afaik, tmobile only needs to certify volte, not wifi calling

  • Technosquid

    I’m not sure why you need clever trickery, unless they’ve made the feature require google play services. All the current Android 6.0 devices (Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and HTC One A9) support it natively. Whatever the Cyanogen team did with AOSP to turn on the feature is probably as simple as a few value changes in a configuration file. Anyone interested enough could pour through the changelogs, assuming the code change has been posted. http://www.cmxlog.com/13/

  • T Redd

    volte?

  • justanormalguy13

    Perfect, since I was going to get a nexus 5, og style.

    • jonzey231

      I’m curious if it’ll enable WiFi calling on devices that didn’t previously support it, or if they’re just going to make so current devices that support it don’t have to use the stock rom and can use CM13 instead.

      It’ll it’ll “enable” WiFi calling on unsupported devices like my N4 or N5, that’d be fantastic.

  • steveb944

    That’s really good for any unlocked non Marshmallow device someone may BYOD.

  • kbiel

    My guess is that by “clever trickery” they mean that they just flipped a flag that turns enables it. Wifi calling is baked into 6.0 and I’ve been using it since a few days after the release.

    • superg05

      bingo

  • Philip

    Does that mean base on this, the guy that did my cook ROM will include this feature too?

    • John Wentworth

      I think it’s very likely if they base their rom on CM13

  • ummduh

    That’s all well and good, but I wish they would ever release a full stable finished rom for once. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a “finished” CM rom.

    • MastarPete

      Can’t say that I’ve heard of or seen many carrier roms that were complete finished either.

      • ummduh

        Indeed, however I’ve yet to encounter a version of CM that didn’t have some form of glaring flaw/bug of some important feature. That’s what I meant. All roms usually have some type of small bug.. CM always has some huge bug.

        My last 3 phones went like this:

        Note 4, so far has a huge music playback bug. Plus camera issues.

        Nexus 5 had huge problems with the camera

        Galaxy s3 had major radio problems..

        • MastarPete

          I don’t know about the dev’s situation is over at CM but if you’re not making donations to the rom devs that are working on the roms for the devices you own then you can’t really complain.

          Or are you forgetting that custom roms are done by hobbyists with various levels of actual coding skill, essentially just stripping down carrier bloat. Without the benefit of full access to the private code used by the various drivers that control how devices function. So of course there are bound to be gaping flaws.

          Then due to the nature of it being something people do on the side rather than their primary paid job it takes even longer to get things fixed, if ever, because people who are that into phones will likely get bored and move onto the next phone especially if their dev device bricks.

          So…
          Paid full time devs with corporate backing and full closed source access.

          Vs

          People with day jobs, working in their spare time on devices they own or receive as donations.

          The nature of tech alone means that no device is going to receive a perfectly functioning rom before it becomes obsolete.

        • Oh, shut up. If I get free food and it tastes like shit. I’m going to say “it tastes like shit.” Go social justice somewhere else.

        • lbiza

          Samsung S4 had a stable revision of CM. I hate that word “complete” to describe CM roms in particular but was, however, stable and reliable. Especially roms like CM due to constant “nightly” updates and updates to the snapshots. Sure “complete” might work to describe an amateur dev that decided to make a Rom and considered his work to be a final revision with no future updates…then I guess I’d consider it to be “complete” or “incomplete”… I’d still prefer to say “stable” or “unstable”…but to each their own….

    • lbiza

      force/close something on the CM Nightly builds, but granted the devs are working on the known issue..it would be fixed soon and it would get resolved.I’m waiting for CM FOR my new phone (LG V10). After awhile..once the phone has been out for awhile the CM Nightly Rom seemed very polished and stable. And as long as there are tweaks, updates, or changes to be made — a CM Rom may never be “complete”. I thought the use of the word “complete” was pretty vague and misused for describing CM roms.
      I can’t wait for CM to be released for LG V10 as the only other custom romsets I would consider would be roms developed by dandvh.

    • lbiza

      Sometimes there would be bugs or problems (eg, force/close something on the CM Nightly builds), but granted the devs are working on the known issue and/or someone wasn’t lazy enough and actually reported the issue on CM forums, it would be get resolved. I’m waiting for CM for my new phone (LG V10). After awhile..once the phone has been out for awhile the CM Nightly Rom seemed very polished and stable. And as long as there are tweaks, updates, or changes to be made — a CM Rom may never be “complete”. I thought the use of the word “complete” was pretty vague and misused for describing CM roms.
      I can’t wait for CM to be released for LG V10 as the only other custom romsets I would consider would be roms developed by dandvh.

    • mrmessma

      On a fringe phone I’d agree, but with a main stream phone like any nexus device, or for instance, my S5, it is about as stable/finished/completely bug free (and more fully featured than stock) as you could ask for.

  • Adam

    How will carriers prevent customers from uninstalling their crapware now?

  • Andrew

    I can’t wait for this new CyanogenMod rom, because I need WiFi calling on my S4

  • chertopert

    anyone can confirm the Volte is working and tethering restrictions removed? thnx alot

  • chertopert

    also does fingerprint work for lock screen?

  • Light Bread ™

    This news is orgasmic. I’m sick of being bounded by T-Mobile centric phones because they are the only ones that feature WIFI calling. All the people behind this are geniuses!

  • John Hamby

    I’m running cm13 on my note 5 and I would LOVE to get correct call audio routing working and especially volte and wfc…

  • John Hamby

    Getting this stuff working right on exynos is a real challenge without source

  • Kenneth Nicklowicz

    is this out yet. I have tried version 14 and nothing, far worse the screen locks up and goes blank till the call ends, and its 2017! Galaxy mega