Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition: Unboxing and Quick Look

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…)

Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition Now Available for $599, Factory Image Too

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…)

CyanogenMod Reaches 10 Million Devices, Oppo N1 CM Edition Gets a Promo Video

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…)

So, the Nexus Q Sort of Still Lives, Gets Unofficial Kit Kat Build

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…)

Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Version Certified by Google, Ships December 24

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…)

CyanogenMod Raises Another $23 Million in Funding, Looking to Hire Squad of New Engineers

Steve Kondik, Cyanogen Inc’s CTO, took to the official CyanogenMod blog today, announcing that the group has received another $23 million in funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz, bringing the total amount of capital to about $30 million. Pretty impressive for a group of dudes that started making custom ROMs a few years ago. With the second round of funding under way, the team is apparently getting ready to hire new staff “like crazy.”  (more…)

CyanogenMod Integrating WhisperPush Secure Messaging Service Into Nightlies

Are you concerned about security? Are you rooted and running a build of CyanogenMod? Well, prepare to be happy. Today on CyanogenMod’s official blog, the team announced the integration of WhisperPush into the OS, a feature that will allow any SMS client you choose to send and receive encrypted text messages that are safely transmitted through the airwaves to other CM users or anyone that has the TextSecure app installed. That’s right, no more creepers. (more…)

CyanogenMod 11 M1 Released for Nexus 7 Variants, Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and Nexus 10

The CyanogenMod team officially launched a CyanogenMod 11 M1 build yesterday, available for anyone rocking an actively AOSP-supported Nexus device. Usually, the team would release nightly builds to start tracking bugs, but according to the blog post, that would have been too resource intensive and they have opted to release a milestone build instead.  (more…)