Qualcomm: Forget Samsung! All These Other Huge…Errr…Awesome Manufacturers Love the Snapdragon 810!

What happens when a multi-billion dollar company loses its biggest customer and has to adjust its earnings for the 2nd half of a year? Apparently, they turn to all their much smaller, aren’t-going-anywhere-because-we-can’t customers for uplifting quotes on why their product is still the best! With Samsung deciding to pass on the Snapdragon 810 (for who knows what real reasons), companies like LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony, and Oppo have come out in support of the new chip, along with an assurance from Qualcomm that 60 “premium tier” mobile devices will hit the streets in the coming weeks and months with the 810 inside.  (more…)

OnePlus Responds to Crazed Internet Residents Who Claim the Company is Entirely Owned by OPPO

Over this past weekend, all talk in the Android community was over OnePlus, and who actually owns the China-based “startup” manufacturer. Since initial coverage began over OnePlus in January, English-based media had pointed to the company being ran by an ex-OPPO executive which had a different idea for how smartphones should be made and sold.

From what OnePlus’ own executives had stated in interviews, which were translated to English, it was thought that the company had no direct ties to OPPO. Evidence that was unearthed this weekend appears to show a much different story. (more…)

Oppo Find 7 Unveiled – 5.5″ 2K Display, Snapdragon 801, and 50MP Photos

For those interested in checking out a phone with an insane set of specs, the Find 7 from Oppo has arrived this week. The device, which many rumored to be an absolute beast in the specs department, is nothing short of that. The device, which is now up for pre-order marked at ¥3498.00 ($565 USD according to Google) for the high-end model, features specs which we had initially hoped to see on the Galaxy S5.  (more…)

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…)

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…)