Just last month, OPPO made headlines by announcing that their newest device, the N1, would be the world’s first device to ship with CyanogenMod pre-installed. The N1 is notable for lots of other features, including a rotating camera on the top and a touch-sensitive back. Unfortunately for us here in the States, the announcement was in Beijing while most of us were asleep, so OPPO is turning to us to tell the N1′s tale. (more…)
The CyanogenMod ROM has a few great aspects to it, thanks to all of the hard work that third-party developers submit to it. One of the neat apps that gets baked into the custom ROM is a widget by the name of cLock aka Chronus. The widget looks like your average Android clock widget, but it also adds in your upcoming scheduled events, as well as your current weather conditions. It’s a clean and good-looking widget, which is now available through Google Play for anyone who wants to use it on their own device. And better yet, it’s completely free to download. (more…)
Oppo announced its new flagship, the N1, this morning at a press event in Beijing. As expected, thanks to a teaser, this phone will ship as the first with a Cyanogen Inc partnership. All that means in the end, is that the phone ships with Oppo’s Color Android skin, but can easily be flashed to CyanogenMod using the stock recovery. Also, there will be special edition CyanogenMod versions of the phone that will ship with CM preinstalled. (more…)
Shortly after CyanogenMod turned into Cyanogen Inc. last week, the camera app that had recently been incorporated into its code – called Focal – was removed with almost zero chance that it would ever return. (Oh, drama.) Thankfully (I think), the project will continue to live on through Google Play, currently in beta form for free.
For those not familiar with Focal, you’ll find an app that is fully-featured (assuming all of the features work on your phone) using a UI that requires gestures to bring up menus and other options. Things like burst mode, PhotoSphere, Panorama, and a number of manual settings can all be found. It’s certainly a choice, if you aren’t satisfied with your phone’s current camera app, just expect there to be issues for now. Again, it’s a beta.
Earlier this week, CyanogenMod announced it was incorporating. One of their announcement hints was that they were already partnered with a mystery hardware vendor to bring an official CM-powered phone to market. Earlier today, manufacturer Oppo tweeted about its new device, the Oppo N1, and provided a link to a trailer. This is pretty basic marketing, but the real surprise in the room was an appearance from Steve Kondik, the founder of CyanogenMod. (more…)
Back in July, CyanogenMod baked in a completely new camera application called Focal. Focal was a highly-customized and feature rich application, but over time, many of its bugs apparently became too much for users and the CM team to keep up with. To top it off, there seems to be some internal dispute between CM leads and Focal’s developer regarding new relicensing issues due to the incorporation of CM, but we won’t be getting into that. For now, and possibly the rest of time, Focal has been removed from CyanogenMod. (more…)
The CyanogenMod that you have come to know intimately over the last several years is now Cyanogen Inc., a company funded by Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures that wants to make installing CyanogenMod easier than ever on your phone. Announced this morning via the official CM blog, Cyanogen Inc. (with $7 million in Series A funding) can now dedicate their resources full-time to continuing to build “best mobile OS—created by the users for users.” (more…)
Google may have just launched the Android Device Manager last week to help you find your lost Android if it ever comes to that, but the CyanogenMod team felt they could do better. The CM team has put together CyanogenMod Account, an end-to-end encrypted app that users can opt into once it starts rolling out, that allows CM to track your device and help you recover it or wipe/flash it if you can’t get to it in time. (more…)