OnePlus One Phone Will Indeed Ship for Under $400 in US

It’s now official – the OnePlus One will arrive in the U.S. at a price under $400. The smartphone start-up announced the news this morning on Google+ and through an email to our inbox. Since we are only a week away from the April 23 launch, the only thing we need to know now is what the phone looks like and how customized the version of CyanogenMod is that it runs. It may be similar to this.

To recap, the OnePlus One is a phone created by a former Oppo executive who wanted to create the ultimate Android phone at an affordable price. It runs a custom version of CyanogenMod, is being hyped on a weekly basis with a slow rollout of spec announcements, and will launch in 16 countries shortly after it is announced on April 23. The phone is by all means filled with premium specs, so depending on its size, design, and overall package, could be one hell of an option.  (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…)

AOKP’s Roman Birg Joins Cyanogen Inc, Will Still Make Contributions to the Kang Project

Last night on Twitter, it was made official that AOKP’s main face Roman Birg, was departing his current “roll” and taking up a new position within Cyanogen Inc. in Seattle. We have talked with Roman in the past during a Tato Series interview, and you can tell that he is a bright mind, which is a good fit for the CM crew. The exact nature of his new roll within CM is still unclear, but we can assume it has something to do with the development of features within the ROM itself. Whatever it may be, we wish him luck.  (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…)

CyanogenMod Installer Now Available for Mac Machines, Let the Flashing Commence

When it comes to rooting and flashing custom ROMs on your Android device, it sometimes helps if you have a Windows-powered computer. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the CyanogenMod team, their Installer application is now available for Macs. If you are unfamiliar, the CM Installer allows users to painlessly flash the CyanogenMod ROM onto their Android device, simply by pressing a couple of buttons.  (more…)