Items tagged with CyanogenMod

The rocky relationship between Cyanogen and OnePlus appears to have ended. Not that it's any real big surprise -- the two weren't always on the same page when it came to software and logistics. For example, OnePlus had promised OnePlus One handset owners a Cyanogen OS update by a specific date, and when it didn't happen, Cyanogen explained (not so politely) that it never made any such promise and that the new build would be finished when it's finished.It created and awkward situation for OnePlus One owners who got caught in the middle of a relationship that was headed off a cliff. And so here we... Read more...
While Cyanogen’s CEO is sick and tired of OnePlus One owners complaining about the lengthy gestation period for CyanogenMod 12S, telling customers to “Calm the f**k down,” OnePlus at least delivering on its promise to release OxygenOS. We first heard about the OxygenOS ROM back in late January, with OnePlus explaining, “As an element, Oxygen is the epitome of simplicity, yet it’s also extraordinarily powerful… By itself, it’s simple and pure—a fundamental building block. But, as a part of something greater, it can do amazing things. Just like us.” OxygenOS is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop and brings... Read more...
OnePlus One handset owners hoped they'd be rocking Lollipop by now, though things haven't gone exactly to plan. If they did, Cyanogen would have rolled out a version of its Oxygen OS based on Lollipop on March 27 and CyanogenMod 12S on March 30 at the latest, as was promised earlier this month. Now that we're into April, the natives are getting a bit restless, prompting a rather snippy response CEO Kirt McMaster. Short and sweet, "Calm the f down." Or in its entirety, McMaster took to Twitter to tell OnePlus One owners, "Guys, calm the f down. It's coming soon. When ready!" Perhaps... Read more...
If you've been anxiously waiting for Android's 5.0 Lollipop to hit your phone, you probably won't take much comfort with the knowledge that many others are already enjoying it. According to Google's own tracking, 1.6% of the active Android phones out there pack the 5.0 sucker sweetness, and if that doesn't seem too impressive, the OS did just come out in November, and rollout has for some reason been slow on many devices. We should soon see that 1.6% get a major boost. It's not too surprising to see that 4.4 KitKat is the most common build floating around out there, with a share of 39.7%, but what... Read more...
Windows Phone hasn’t exactly been a shining success for Microsoft. In a smartphone market dominated by smartphones running Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, Microsoft has been left to pickup the table scraps along with fallen star BlackBerry. Yes, Microsoft reported record Lumia sales for its most recent quarter, but those sales were made up primarily of budget-minded smartphones like the Lumia 520, which have been available for as low as $20 in recent months. With this in mind, Microsoft has a couple of avenues to pursue in order to ensure that its mobile platform and its services spread throughout... Read more...
You may recall that the only way to pick up a OnePlus One handset after it launched last year was through an invitation system. That's how it remained for several months, up until the latter part of 2014, in which OnePlus allowed a handful of limited time free-for-all sales. Now once again, you'll have a limited window to purchase one, if you're still interested.There's a countdown timer on the OnePlus One's website that displays the days, hours, and minutes remaining until the event kicks off on January 20, 2015 (that's tomorrow, folks!). Once the event begins, the OnePlus One will be available... Read more...
Cyanogen, a company that provides users with the ability to customize their Android smartphones, has announced a “Themes Challenge” contest. Themes is a new app from Cyanogen that will be able to host skins that are available to Cyanogen OS users. The Cyanogen Theme Showcase launched on the Play Story earlier this year, allowing CM users to find a plethora of themes for the device of their choice. At the moment, the Themes app only supports free themes but will also support paid themes at some point in the future. Those wishing to participate in the contest will be able to submit their theme by... Read more...
Details of the OnePlus One smartphone are here. The phone boasts terrific specifications and features while keeping the cost in check--there are two handsets, actually, a 16GB white one for $299 and a 64GB black model for $349--and they’ll be available in Q2 2014. There’s no compromise on hardware here. The One runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 801 (2.5GHz) chip with an Adreno 330 (578MHz) GPU, 3GB of LP-DDR3-1866MHz RAM, and the aforementioned 16GB or 64GB of storage. The 5.5-inch display is 1080p Full HD, and the rear camera is a 13MP Sony Exmor IMX 214 affair with 6 lenses and dual... Read more...
OnePlus is a company that’s looking to disrupt the smartphone market, and its flagship “One” smartphone is set to debut on April 23rd. Among the details that the company has been offering up little by little over the last few months, perhaps the most intriguing is the fact that OnePlus has partnered with Cyanogen on software. Thus, the smartphone will run on a CyanogenMod OS, which is notable in an Android-dominated mobile market. “What’s coming is one of the most popular mobile operating systems specifically developed for the best hardware, with a unique twist. The... Read more...
Talk about closing out the year with a bang. The CyanogenMod team has plenty of reason to celebrate going into 2014, not the least of which is notching over 10 million downloads of its installer software to date, according to the CyanogenMod stats page. The most popular version so far is the Nightly-10.1 build -- it's been downloaded more than 1.1 million times alone. Samsung Galaxy S device owners have proven the most eager to try out CyanogenMod's installer. Collectively, this group of users has installed CyanogenMod on over half a million Galaxy S handsets, followed by the Galaxy S II with just... Read more...
Go ahead and file this one under "U" for "Unexpected," but on December 24, the Oppo N1 will ship to customers with Google's blessing. This is a historic moment in Android's timeline, as the CyanogenMod-powered Oppo N1 is the first phone to ship with a third-party ROM, making it a unique device in and of itself. However, it's also notable because Google recently forced the CyanogenMod team to pull its installer from Google Play. Google's reasoning was that even though the app itself is harmless, "it encourages users to void their warranty" and therefore would not be allowed to remain in the store,... Read more...
Perhaps much to the chagrin of Google, it's quickly becoming clear that there's no stopping CyanogenMod. Coming less than a month after Google removed CyanogenMod from the Play Store on the silly basis that his installer application wants to void warranties, CyanogenMod today announced it raised $23 million in funding to continue and expand what the company has been doing, which is to essentially build out a better Android experience than Google. The $23 million in Series B funding led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures follows $7 million in Series... Read more...
Tired of your smartphone dragging around your wireless carrier's shackles and chains? Unfortunately, Google made the unpopular decision to remove the CyanogenMod installer from its Google Play store on the basis that the app is in violation of its developer terms and "encourages users to void their warranty," but it can't stop handset makers from building devices with the software pre-installed. Meet the Oppo N1. The Oppo N1 breaks ground as the world's first smartphone to feature CyanogenMod from the get-go, and when you buy the device, you'll be able to choose whether your want to run with the... Read more...
Google apparently isn't thinking straight these days, or at best, you could say the search giant's logic is flawed. How so? Well, the sultan of search contacted famed modder CyanogenMod and told him he could either remove his CyanogenMod installer from Google Play, or Google would remove it for him, adding that the app is in violation of Google Play's developer terms. Here's the deal. The CyanogenMod installer has one purpose and one purpose only -- it guides users through installing the custom CyanogenMod firmware on their Android devices with a single tap. Part of that process involves enabling... Read more...
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