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…)
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…)
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…)
I don’t know why, but I still almost can’t believe that CyanogenMod is now shipping on a device, with Google’s approval for Google apps. It’s not that it sounds like a ridiculous or bad idea (in fact it is incredibly cool), it’s just that I remember the early days of CM and have to admit that I never imagined it becoming this official. But official it is, with a hardware partner to boot. And that leads us to this post, where we take the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition out of the box and for a quick spin to show you how far the pet project of a group of talented developers has come. (more…)
The first ever phone to ship with CyanogenMod, the Oppo N1, is now available for purchase unlocked at $599.
This has been quite the story to watch unfold for the CM team, a group of guys that once was few and a little known ROM on a platform that had yet to fully explode onto the scene. As we all know now, CyanogenMod grew into a monster, quickly becoming the base for many additional ROMs and the standard for tinkerers and ROM flashers alike. Within the last year, their team realized it was time to make a business out of their on-the-side passion, took in funding, incorporated, took in more funding, gained Google certification, and now, has released its software with an actual hardware partner. (more…)
Despite Google’s best efforts, some smartphone and tablet manufacturers are perfectly content to allow their devices to languish, never to receive the latest version of Android through any sort of official channel. That’s where Cyanogen, Inc. comes in: the newly incorporated company promises customized versions of Android that, in addition to providing the latest AOSP has to offer, are much more feature-rich than OEM firmware. Installation of CyanogenMod software requires a compatible device and foreknowledge of certain dev tools, of course, but it remains the most consumer-friendly third-party ROM available.
Apparently, the promise of Android updates is attractive to a vast number of smartphone and tablet users: more than 10 million devices are running the ROM. That’s according to a Google+ post by Steve Kondik, CTO of CyanogenMod. (more…)
That big, beautiful, overpriced, never-could-do-much-before-Google-killed-it-anyway, sexy orb-ish ball sitting at the top of this post isn’t quite dead yet. The Nexus Q does indeed unofficially live on for the couple of thousand people who still own them or at least have one sitting around the house being put to use as a weighted object. Thanks to developers, an “unofficial” build of Kit Kat (Android 4.4) “based on CM11 from repo sync” has been ported over to the device. Yes, Kit Kat on the Nexus Q! (more…)
You can talk rounds of funding all you want, but to tech enthusiasts, seeing Cyanogen Inc gain Google’s approval on their version of the Oppo N1 that runs CM might be the bigger deal. And that’s exactly what happened yesterday. The Oppo N1 CyanogenMod version is now Google CTS-certified, which means when you buy one, it’ll ship with Google’s suite of apps like Google Play, Gmail, Google Maps, etc. (more…)