[ROM][Pixel 3][12.1.0_r5] PixelDust CAF Android 12.1 for blueline [6 July 2022] [Stable]

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PixelDust ROM is an Android 12 ROM inspired by the original Google Pixel firmware with full support for Material Design 3.

PixelDust CAF is based on the Code Aurora Sources, more commonly known as CAF. CAF ROMs are therefore generally considered to be more optimized for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs than AOSP ROMs (in performance, RAM management, battery, etc.).

Of course, we're adding a decent selection of the coolest custom ROM functions that would have been missing if they weren't included.

The PixelDust crew would be very happy if you took a little time to leave your valuable feedback, your honest opinion or just say hello.

Special shoutouts to Roger.T for his amazingly designed wallpapers, logos and the best bootanimation I ever had on my Pixel!!! If you like our work, please consider to buy Roger the first beer, and a few cups of coffee for spezi77. Cheers!

Help us help you!

If you find a bug in one of our builds, please report it here or in our Telegram Group. You MUST include the following when posting a bug report:
1. A logcat or last_kmsg
2. Kernel and mods used
3. Useful information (which build, steps for reproduction, screenshots, etc.)

If you fail to report something adequately, DO NOT expect things to be fixed.

Disclaimer:
If your device fails to comply with your standards of what you consider functioning, I am not liable. This is provided free of charge and does not come with a warranty. Although, if you provide a log, I can provide some sort of assurance that I will look into your issue.


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* Periodic CAF/AOSP security updates
* Pixel GApps included (no need to flash any third party GApps)
* Safety net / banking apps / GPay work out of the box (no need to flash Magisk)

Pixel 3 additional features
* All official features of the Pixel 3 incl. an extended implementation of ActiveEdge!
* Free and unlimited Google photo storage (original quality)!
* Now playing support
* Adaptive connectivity
* Adaptive charging
* Gaming Mode
* Quick tap

PixelDust Wallpapers
* A set of 22 breathtaking space themed Wallpapers

Additional QS tiles
* Always On Display
* Caffeine
* Language
* NFC
* PixelDust Settings
* and many more

AoD display
* Battery level on bottom
* Battery bar (when charging / always)
* Charging info
* Ambient wake gestures
* Now playing

Customisation
* Android 12 custom monet theme engine: Wallpaper colours, Basic colours, Themed icons, Icon shapes, Headline / Body fonts, 3-button navbar styles

System Gestures
* Swipe fingerprint for notifications
* ActiveEdge (Squeeze phone to perform custom actions)
* Volume rocker skips music tracks
* Allow adjusting the back gesture height
* Fullscreen gestures: Hide navbar pill and keyboard space
* Extended/"L" back swipe to trigger actions/app/activities

Status bar
* Battery settings
* Statusbar items
* Carrier label
* Clock & date settings
* Traffic indicators

Quick settings
* Secure tiles require unlocking
* Battery estimates
* Quick QS pull down
* Transparent QS customization

Buttons
* Power Menu options incl. advanced Restart options and many more
* Disable power menu when locked
* Screen off power button torch

Navigation bar
* Navbar visibility toggle
* Layout (normal, compact, left-leaning, right-leaning)
* Invert layout of Navbar buttons
* Show arrow keys while typing

Gestures
* Status bar dt2s
* Lock screen dt2s

Lock screen
* Left & right lock screen shortcuts
* Fingerprint authentication vibration
* Pocket detection
* Media cover art
* Media artwork blur level
* Lock screen charging animation

Security
* Lock screen PIN quick unlock

Misc
* Three-fingers-swipe to screenshot
* Wake up on charge
* Burn-in protection enabled by default



Known%20issues.png

* Dual SIM/eSIM functionality untested
* GPS location tracking is sometimes unavailable, e.g. after a restart or network change. You can fix it by simply turning the location service off and on again.
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Terms & conditions:
By downloading this custom ROM you agree that I, the developer of PixelDust ROM, am not liable in any way, shape or form for any damage done to your device. The PixelDust ROM is provided free of charge and does not come with a warranty.


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Telegram Discussion Channel: https://t.me/pixeldustcommunity
Telegram Announcements Channel: https://t.me/pixeldustproject
Telegram Build Support Channel: https://t.me/compile_pixeldust

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If you like our work then please consider donating.
PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/RogerTruttmann | https://www.paypal.me/spezi77

Who last donated:
Tengku Azwan Bin Mamat
Dominik Laignel
Simone Scanzoni


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Pre-requisites:
* You are familiar with helping yourself out of awkward situations. You won't defame or complain at the developer of this ROM for your misfortunes.
* You are familiar with using fastboot
* Before you are ready to flash this custom ROM, you have to install the latest factory image from October 2021
* Bootloader unlocked
* You have created a backup of your ROM & data

First time installing PixelDust ROM, or coming from another ROM:

YOU MUST HAVE RECENT FACTORY IMAGE FLASHED TO BOTH SLOTS BEFORE YOUR FIRST TIME INSTALLING ROM.

1. Flashing stock ROM / unlock bootloader (If applicable):
  1. Follow these instructions: https://developers.google.com/android/images#blueline
  2. Boot the stock ROM.
  3. Don't setup any google account, don't add a screen lock. Just go to Settings > System > Developer options. Enable OEM unlocking.
  4. You need to follow this guide to unlock your bootloader.
2. There are now two options for the installation. Either via TWRP (you are required to remove the screen lock) or via Sideload (for advanced users).

A. Flashing PixelDust ROM via TWRP:

  1. Important: Before you begin, remove the screen lock (password/PIN/pattern) or change to "Swipe". Go to Settings > Security >Screen lock.
  2. Download the ROM and both TWRP files (img + zip) (for download links see above).
  3. Boot fastboot mode.
  4. Connect the phone to the Computer with USB cord.
  5. Copy twrp-3.6.0_11-0-blueline.img to the platform-tools folder or folder that has fastboot in it and rename it twrp.img.
  6. Open a Command Prompt.
  7. At the Command Prompt type and press enter.
    Code:
     fastboot boot twrp.img
  8. If requested, swipe to allow modifications.
  9. Tap "Wipe", then tap "Format data" and type yes to continue.
  10. Copy the rom zip and twrp-installer-3.6.0_11-0-blueline.zip to your device.
  11. Tap "Install", select the rom zip, tap "Add more Zips", select the twrp-installer.zip and Swipe Slider to install.
  12. When install is successful tap on "Reboot", then tap on the first list item "System".


B. Flashing PixelDust ROM via sideload:

  1. Download the ROM and boot image (for download links see above)
  2. Boot fastboot mode
  3. Connect the phone to the Computer with USB cord.
  4. Flash the boot image (this allows stock recovery to flash unsigned rom zip)
    Code:
    fastboot flash boot boot_caf_xxx.img
  5. Wipe userdata (required for first PixelDust/Android 12 install)
    Code:
    fastboot erase userdata
  6. Reboot into fastbootd
    Code:
    fastboot reboot fastboot
  7. Use volume keys and power button to select "Enter Recovery"
  8. Select "Apply Update from ADB"
  9. Sideload the ROM zip
    Code:
    adb sideload PixelDust-SaltedCaramel-caf-blueline-user-20220107-0024.zip
  10. Reboot


Dirty flashing PixelDust ROM (coming from Android 12):
Just skip the step "Format data" / "Wipe userdata"



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AOSPA (https://github.com/aospa)
AOSP Extended (https://github.com/AospExtended)
ABC ROM (https://github.com/ezio84?tab=repositories)
CAF Extended (https://github.com/CAF-Extended)
CarbonROM (https://github.com/Carbonrom)
LineageOS (https://github.com/LineageOS)
crDroid (https://github.com/crdroidandroid)
DirtyUnicorns (https://github.com/dirtyunicorns)
Havoc OS (https://github.com/havoc-os)
Nitrogen Project (https://github.com/nitrogen-project)
OmniROM (https://github.com/omnirom)
Pixel Experience (https://github.com/PixelExperience)
Potato Open Sauce Project (https://github.com/PotatoProject)
ProtonAOSP (https://github.com/ProtonAOSP)
MSM-Xtended Team (https://github.com/Project-Xtended)
Superior OS (https://github.com/SuperiorOS)
Syberia Project (https://github.com/syberia-project)
And all the other Developers, Testers, Donators and Users.


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XDA:DevDB Information
[ROM][Pixel 3][12.0] PixelDust CAF Android 12 for blueline, ROM for the Google Pixel 3

Contributors
spezi77

Source Code: https://github.com/pixeldust-project-caf

ROM OS Version: Android 12
ROM Kernel: Linux 4.x
Based On: CAF, AOSP

Version Information
Status:
Stable
Stable Release Date: 2020-01-13

Created 2020-05-23
Last Updated 2022-07-06
 
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spezi77

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2022-07-06
Intermediate release
* Security patch level: 2022-05-05
Yes, you read that right. Still May SPL. CAF is probably on summer vacation at the moment.
Changelog:
* Kirisakura kernel with proper mic volume fix
* Fix QS mobile icon disappearing on theme switch
* Revert "Lockscreen art blur"
* Instead added media notification background customizations
* Allow to enable Lockscreen media art & album art filter
* and many other small fixes & improvements

2022-05-18
Stable release
* Security patch level: 2022-05-05
* Based on AOSP tag: android-12.1.0_r5 / CAF ‘LA.QSSI.12.0.r1-06100-qssi.0’
* Changed default kernel to Kirisakura S-2-Release-5.1.0 (based on Linux v4.9.304)

Caution:
Coming from any previous build or other ROM requires a clean flash.
 
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kkjb

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May 3, 2017
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Reminds me of Nexus 5 days, thank you. Long time PD user. Nice to see CAF... Thank you
 
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nyolsson2

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currently have aosp pixel dust installed. looking forward to CAF as I had back on my Nexus 5. Just curious if all AOSP functionality exists in the CAF ROM before installing? Thanks
 

kkjb

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It is not a clone. I have been using the last three PD builds (really 3 months) and I have found....So Far.... In a bad way, No differences. Active edge has more settings, I think. I see less overnight sleep mode & less app background activity. Matt Log app is a no-go in my personal app loads. So try it!!
 

kkjb

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Really means I like much better !!! Really !!!
CAF I understand, just it's seems nobody just flashes. Because the next question is.... Can I keep my data. Sorry obi one :)
Edit 1 I really like the active edge stuff...music and screen off are my favorites.
 
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spezi77

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Really means I like much better !!! Really !!!
CAF I understand, just it's seems nobody just flashes. Because the next question is.... Can I keep my data. Sorry obi one :)
Edit 1 I really like the active edge stuff...music and screen off are my favorites.

Thanks for your feedback, highly appreciated!

I think it's because of the language gap, because English is not my mother tongue.

Sent from my Pixel 3 using XDA Labs
 
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drocny87

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If you don't mind me asking what difference will be noticed in this CAF rom compared to the non CAF PD i have been using since this rom was released for this device?
 

nyolsson2

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Apr 25, 2020
8
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If you don't mind me asking what difference will be noticed in this CAF rom compared to the non CAF PD i have been using since this rom was released for this device?

CAF stands for Code Aurora Forum. It's similar to XDA but is more geared towards OS devs. As you prob know Android is open, and manufacturers implement some of their own changes. In the past, CAF Roms have included better audio processing, cpu clock tweaks, etc. CAF Roms include the optimizations made by Qualcomm (cpu maker).
 

Ferdimage

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CAF stands for Code Aurora Forum. It's similar to XDA but is more geared towards OS devs. As you prob know Android is open, and manufacturers implement some of their own changes. In the past, CAF Roms have included better audio processing, cpu clock tweaks, etc. CAF Roms include the optimizations made by Qualcomm (cpu maker).

Thanks this is enough for me to switch over.
Now time to start backing up all my stuff, for that full wipe flash. :)
 

Ferdimage

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Jan 1, 2009
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69
Sydney
Can someone please assist me.
I managed to flash the rom successfully, but trying to flash the Magisk boot image I am getting the following error. (My device state is : Unlocked)
Sending 'boot_b' (28432 KB) FAILED (remote: 'Download is not allowed on locked devices')
fastboot: error: Command failed



EDIT: Silly me I was supposed to flash it in Bootloader mode not Fastboot :silly:
 
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luckana

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I flashed the rom, so far so good but there is one weird issue, all chrome versions crash after starting and showing the initial view. I am forced to use another browser, i use edge but it doesn't have a way to make websites dark as well.. any ideas ?
 

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    PixelDust ROM is an Android 12 ROM inspired by the original Google Pixel firmware with full support for Material Design 3.

    PixelDust CAF is based on the Code Aurora Sources, more commonly known as CAF. CAF ROMs are therefore generally considered to be more optimized for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs than AOSP ROMs (in performance, RAM management, battery, etc.).

    Of course, we're adding a decent selection of the coolest custom ROM functions that would have been missing if they weren't included.

    The PixelDust crew would be very happy if you took a little time to leave your valuable feedback, your honest opinion or just say hello.

    Special shoutouts to Roger.T for his amazingly designed wallpapers, logos and the best bootanimation I ever had on my Pixel!!! If you like our work, please consider to buy Roger the first beer, and a few cups of coffee for spezi77. Cheers!

    Help us help you!

    If you find a bug in one of our builds, please report it here or in our Telegram Group. You MUST include the following when posting a bug report:
    1. A logcat or last_kmsg
    2. Kernel and mods used
    3. Useful information (which build, steps for reproduction, screenshots, etc.)

    If you fail to report something adequately, DO NOT expect things to be fixed.

    Disclaimer:
    If your device fails to comply with your standards of what you consider functioning, I am not liable. This is provided free of charge and does not come with a warranty. Although, if you provide a log, I can provide some sort of assurance that I will look into your issue.


    Listing%20of%20Features.png


    * Periodic CAF/AOSP security updates
    * Pixel GApps included (no need to flash any third party GApps)
    * Safety net / banking apps / GPay work out of the box (no need to flash Magisk)

    Pixel 3 additional features
    * All official features of the Pixel 3 incl. an extended implementation of ActiveEdge!
    * Free and unlimited Google photo storage (original quality)!
    * Now playing support
    * Adaptive connectivity
    * Adaptive charging
    * Gaming Mode
    * Quick tap

    PixelDust Wallpapers
    * A set of 22 breathtaking space themed Wallpapers

    Additional QS tiles
    * Always On Display
    * Caffeine
    * Language
    * NFC
    * PixelDust Settings
    * and many more

    AoD display
    * Battery level on bottom
    * Battery bar (when charging / always)
    * Charging info
    * Ambient wake gestures
    * Now playing

    Customisation
    * Android 12 custom monet theme engine: Wallpaper colours, Basic colours, Themed icons, Icon shapes, Headline / Body fonts, 3-button navbar styles

    System Gestures
    * Swipe fingerprint for notifications
    * ActiveEdge (Squeeze phone to perform custom actions)
    * Volume rocker skips music tracks
    * Allow adjusting the back gesture height
    * Fullscreen gestures: Hide navbar pill and keyboard space
    * Extended/"L" back swipe to trigger actions/app/activities

    Status bar
    * Battery settings
    * Statusbar items
    * Carrier label
    * Clock & date settings
    * Traffic indicators

    Quick settings
    * Secure tiles require unlocking
    * Battery estimates
    * Quick QS pull down
    * Transparent QS customization

    Buttons
    * Power Menu options incl. advanced Restart options and many more
    * Disable power menu when locked
    * Screen off power button torch

    Navigation bar
    * Navbar visibility toggle
    * Layout (normal, compact, left-leaning, right-leaning)
    * Invert layout of Navbar buttons
    * Show arrow keys while typing

    Gestures
    * Status bar dt2s
    * Lock screen dt2s

    Lock screen
    * Left & right lock screen shortcuts
    * Fingerprint authentication vibration
    * Pocket detection
    * Media cover art
    * Media artwork blur level
    * Lock screen charging animation

    Security
    * Lock screen PIN quick unlock

    Misc
    * Three-fingers-swipe to screenshot
    * Wake up on charge
    * Burn-in protection enabled by default



    Known%20issues.png

    * Dual SIM/eSIM functionality untested
    * GPS location tracking is sometimes unavailable, e.g. after a restart or network change. You can fix it by simply turning the location service off and on again.
    Links.png

    Terms & conditions:
    By downloading this custom ROM you agree that I, the developer of PixelDust ROM, am not liable in any way, shape or form for any damage done to your device. The PixelDust ROM is provided free of charge and does not come with a warranty.


    Social%20Media.png


    Telegram%20Group.png

    Telegram Discussion Channel: https://t.me/pixeldustcommunity
    Telegram Announcements Channel: https://t.me/pixeldustproject
    Telegram Build Support Channel: https://t.me/compile_pixeldust

    Donators.png

    If you like our work then please consider donating.
    PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/RogerTruttmann | https://www.paypal.me/spezi77

    Who last donated:
    Tengku Azwan Bin Mamat
    Dominik Laignel
    Simone Scanzoni


    Installation%20guide.png


    Pre-requisites:
    * You are familiar with helping yourself out of awkward situations. You won't defame or complain at the developer of this ROM for your misfortunes.
    * You are familiar with using fastboot
    * Before you are ready to flash this custom ROM, you have to install the latest factory image from October 2021
    * Bootloader unlocked
    * You have created a backup of your ROM & data

    First time installing PixelDust ROM, or coming from another ROM:

    YOU MUST HAVE RECENT FACTORY IMAGE FLASHED TO BOTH SLOTS BEFORE YOUR FIRST TIME INSTALLING ROM.

    1. Flashing stock ROM / unlock bootloader (If applicable):
    1. Follow these instructions: https://developers.google.com/android/images#blueline
    2. Boot the stock ROM.
    3. Don't setup any google account, don't add a screen lock. Just go to Settings > System > Developer options. Enable OEM unlocking.
    4. You need to follow this guide to unlock your bootloader.
    2. There are now two options for the installation. Either via TWRP (you are required to remove the screen lock) or via Sideload (for advanced users).

    A. Flashing PixelDust ROM via TWRP:

    1. Important: Before you begin, remove the screen lock (password/PIN/pattern) or change to "Swipe". Go to Settings > Security >Screen lock.
    2. Download the ROM and both TWRP files (img + zip) (for download links see above).
    3. Boot fastboot mode.
    4. Connect the phone to the Computer with USB cord.
    5. Copy twrp-3.6.0_11-0-blueline.img to the platform-tools folder or folder that has fastboot in it and rename it twrp.img.
    6. Open a Command Prompt.
    7. At the Command Prompt type and press enter.
      Code:
       fastboot boot twrp.img
    8. If requested, swipe to allow modifications.
    9. Tap "Wipe", then tap "Format data" and type yes to continue.
    10. Copy the rom zip and twrp-installer-3.6.0_11-0-blueline.zip to your device.
    11. Tap "Install", select the rom zip, tap "Add more Zips", select the twrp-installer.zip and Swipe Slider to install.
    12. When install is successful tap on "Reboot", then tap on the first list item "System".


    B. Flashing PixelDust ROM via sideload:

    1. Download the ROM and boot image (for download links see above)
    2. Boot fastboot mode
    3. Connect the phone to the Computer with USB cord.
    4. Flash the boot image (this allows stock recovery to flash unsigned rom zip)
      Code:
      fastboot flash boot boot_caf_xxx.img
    5. Wipe userdata (required for first PixelDust/Android 12 install)
      Code:
      fastboot erase userdata
    6. Reboot into fastbootd
      Code:
      fastboot reboot fastboot
    7. Use volume keys and power button to select "Enter Recovery"
    8. Select "Apply Update from ADB"
    9. Sideload the ROM zip
      Code:
      adb sideload PixelDust-SaltedCaramel-caf-blueline-user-20220107-0024.zip
    10. Reboot


    Dirty flashing PixelDust ROM (coming from Android 12):
    Just skip the step "Format data" / "Wipe userdata"



    Credits.png

    AOSPA (https://github.com/aospa)
    AOSP Extended (https://github.com/AospExtended)
    ABC ROM (https://github.com/ezio84?tab=repositories)
    CAF Extended (https://github.com/CAF-Extended)
    CarbonROM (https://github.com/Carbonrom)
    LineageOS (https://github.com/LineageOS)
    crDroid (https://github.com/crdroidandroid)
    DirtyUnicorns (https://github.com/dirtyunicorns)
    Havoc OS (https://github.com/havoc-os)
    Nitrogen Project (https://github.com/nitrogen-project)
    OmniROM (https://github.com/omnirom)
    Pixel Experience (https://github.com/PixelExperience)
    Potato Open Sauce Project (https://github.com/PotatoProject)
    ProtonAOSP (https://github.com/ProtonAOSP)
    MSM-Xtended Team (https://github.com/Project-Xtended)
    Superior OS (https://github.com/SuperiorOS)
    Syberia Project (https://github.com/syberia-project)
    And all the other Developers, Testers, Donators and Users.


    Kernel%20source.png


    XDA:DevDB Information
    [ROM][Pixel 3][12.0] PixelDust CAF Android 12 for blueline, ROM for the Google Pixel 3

    Contributors
    spezi77

    Source Code: https://github.com/pixeldust-project-caf

    ROM OS Version: Android 12
    ROM Kernel: Linux 4.x
    Based On: CAF, AOSP

    Version Information
    Status:
    Stable
    Stable Release Date: 2020-01-13

    Created 2020-05-23
    Last Updated 2022-07-06
    7
    Hello, I wanted to continue using this mobile, even with the two major problems that I currently have:
    - The battery, with almost normal use (reading some mail, news, some music)... an hour or a little more on the screen, I have to charge it twice a day.
    - And then the problem of the calls, that as soon as you call it goes to 3G or H+, and the quality is not very good.

    As it is the main mobile, I wanted to know if the rom is stable for daily use, and if there is any problem with the applications of the banks (I will not root it)

    I have seen in other XDA forums, for example in the OnePlus 5T (which is the other mobile I am using), that there is already a rom with Android 13. Will this rom continue to evolve?
    I am planning to release a beta version of this ROM for Android 13. But right now it's too early to predict any concrete date or ETA.
    4
    Stable PixelDust CAF Android 12.1 based ROM update has been pushed.

    Enjoy!
    3