Cyanogen Brings On New Executives to “Build a Global Phenomenon”

Cyanogen Inc. announced three new executive hires today, filling new roles for VP of Product, VP of Engineering, and VP of Global Partnerships and Distribution.

Cyanogen’s new VP of Product is Dave Herman, who previously held roles at Amazon, Hulu, as well as Microsoft. According to the press release, he helped to pioneer many “loved” products. Tyler Carper was appointed to VP of Engineering, with his past work experience being Director of Engineering for HTC, where he led the team that “built many software innovations.”  (more…)

Cyanogen Theme Showcase Makes Customizing Your Phone Easy

Being able to customize your phone just the way you like it is a double-edged sword. Android offers a lot of ways to change your phone’s appearance to your liking, but that also means that there is a lot of options out there for you to choose from. For me personally, whenever I sit down and decide to personalize things it can take a long time. Cyanogen Theme Showcase is looking to make that process much shorter, assuming you are running a CyanogenMod ROM. (more…)

OnePlus One Hands-on: Video and Gallery

We are live in San Francisco at a OnePlus One event, hosted by the Cyanogen Inc. crew, and have been given the opportunity to get hands-on time with the newly-announced device.

It was only late last week when the device finally became official, and already, the phone is sending shockwaves through the Android community with its beastly specs and that outrageous $299 price for the 16GB model.  (more…)

Cyanogen Inc. Gains “New Identity” By Unveiling Redone Branding and Logo

Custom ROMs have always been a thing, whether you love them or hate them, and CyanogenMod has always been the most popular one. If you can remember, they incorporated a few months ago, and are now working with OnePlus on their One smartphone (set to launch soon), so they’ve made some ground from early last year. Today, they’re looking to take this further by unveiling new branding and a retouched logo. (more…)

OnePlus One to Feature 5.5-inch Display in a 5-inch Phone’s Body

OnePlus, a new phone manufacturer led by a former Oppo exec, has decided that the best way to unveil their CyanogenMod-powered phone is to slowly announce specs as we close in on a launch. I’m not sure if this is better or HTC’s approach, which is to let everyone in the world leak your phone for you. Either way, the new company is going to try to bring a phone with incredibly high-end specs at a reasonable price, with CM on board. Oh yeah, it’s called the One, if you didn’t know yet. OnePlus One, get it?  (more…)

OnePlus Teases CyanogenMod Superphone, LTE Compatible and Coming Q2 of This Year

Spec enthusiasts with an affinity for CyanogenMod, prepare to be wowed: OnePlus teased on its Facebook page today that its first smartphone will be built “using only the best components and 2014 flagship specs, both inside and outside.” The startup, which was founded last year by a former Oppo executive, promises to deliver a device that is “more attractive than just about any phone on the market.”

I wasn’t kidding when I said prepare to be wowed, because OnePlus volunteered precious little in terms of specifics. That being said, the company was willing to reveal that the upcoming smartphone will be compatible with a swath of LTE bands – 1/3/4/7/17/38/39/40/41, to be exact – and should debut around Q2 of this year. No word on domestic carrier compatibility, but considering T-Mobile runs LTE band 4 and AT&T band 4 and 17, those providers are the best bet.

Still interested in a CyanogenMod phone after seeing the Oppo N1 (our hands-on)?  (more…)

GalleryNext is the New CyanogenMod Gallery App, Beta Test It Now

Raise your hand if you are a fan of the stock AOSP Gallery application? A couple of you? None of you? Many of you? This is one of those applications we rarely talk about for whatever reason, but if you ask me, I’d argue that it is one of the last remaining neglected apps that still seems to be hanging on to visions of years past. Thankfully for us and the app itself, it is on the verge of being phased out for the Google+ Photos app, so we’ll likely never see it get a 2014 stamp of Google design approval.

The CyanogenMod team seems to agree and has created their own new gallery app called GalleryNext. For now, it’s in beta and available for testing, but we would imagine that in the future, it will ship with CM builds.  (more…)