Last week, the mems|cam camera module for smartphones made by DigitalOptics became extra famous as it was linked to a rumor surrounding Google’s upcoming next Nexus phone, potentially dubbed Nexus 5. We were quick to shoot the report down, as the story seemed like nothing more than media jumping to a wild conclusion or assumption. As it turns out, we were right. DigitalOptics announced this morning that their mems|cam module will first be featured exclusively in upcoming phones made by Oppo. In fact, Oppo is the first OEM partner to place a volume purchase order for the mems|cam. In other words, LG and Google have not joined forces with DigitalOptics.
Also, the press release for this news mentions in its closing remarks that “several technology news blogs reported that mems|cam was first being brought to market in another smartphone platform. Those reports were inaccurate.” Sorry, folks, no mems|cam in the next Nexus. (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…)
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…)
The OPPO Find 5 is an unlocked Android phone manufactured in China that has been out for months already, but over the last few weeks we have received enough requests from readers asking that we take a look at it, that we’ve decided to comply. The device has a pretty impressive list of specifications, highlighted by a 5″ 1080p display, 13MP back-facing camera, 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, and Android 4.1.1. It supports both AT&T and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ connectivity, so it certainly is an option for anyone who likes the idea of importing a device to the States. (more…)