Items tagged with CyanogenMod

CyanogenMod might be pushing up daisies, but LineageOS has picked up where the fan favorite custom ROM project left off and is starting to blossom. As promised, the developers behind LineageOS released new builds over the weekend. The initial roll out includes support for a handful of devices, though in the coming days and weeks LineageOS will expand to support more than 80 gadgets. To kick things off, LineageOS made new builds available for Google's Nexus 6P (angler) and Nexus 5X (bullhead), Motorola's Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus (athene), Nextbit's Robin (ether), and Xiaomi's Redmi 1S (armani). The available builds are labeled "lineage" rather than "cm" and use the same build number system as... Read more...
Cyanogen Inc. is up to something, that much is clear and even company co-founder Steve Kondik doesn't dispute it. However, Kondik takes issue with the recent "circus of misinformation" making the rounds, namely that his company is cleaning house in order to phase out development on an alternative version of Android while making a pivot to apps. That's just not true, Kondik says.The short of it is that "CyanogenMod isn't going anywhere, nor has Cyanogen Inc. discontinued its efforts the goal of bringing it to a larger audience." Kondik followed that up with a longer explanation, noting that it's been seven years since he released the first version of CyanogenMod and three years since he co-founded... Read more...
Cyanogen 13.1 is rolling out to the OnePlus One. The OnePlus One will feature MOD, an integrated mobile platform that was first announced in February and is now officially available. MOD enables mods on phones or “ intelligent, contextually aware, and lightweight experiences built natively into the mobile operating system.” Third party apps can now take advantage of platform APIs, with a prominent one allowing you to view Twitter feeds on your lock screen. Users will simply need to wake up their phone and swipe left in order to have access to their Twitter feed. Users can also call or Skype contacts directly from within the phone app. Skype contacts will be clearly marked and searchable... Read more...
If you bought a carrier-locked Verizon Moto X (2014), it’s understandable that you’re probably a bit angry at Lenovo (Motorola) right now. Although we would hardly call the Moto X an ancient device, Motorola made it clear that it will only provide a Marshmallow update to North American customers running the “Pure Edition” of the 2014 Moto X. With that being said, the company is at least offering Verizon Moto X users another option to secure a version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Motorola took to its official forums to announce that users an now unlock the bootloader on their smartphones, allowing them to install custom ROMs. For now, Motorola is only extending the bootloader unlock offer... Read more...
Android 6.0, otherwise known as Marshmallow, has been on the scene for less than two months and isn't all that widespread yet. CyanogenMod would like to change that while also showing some love for older devices. To do that, the team at CyanogenMod has begun rolling out the first nightly builds of CM13 with Marshmallow inside. "We’ve been pretty quiet publicly on the CM13 (Marshmallow) progress, but we’ve been busy bees behind the scenes. Today, we’ve enabled the first wave of devices to receive CM13 nightlies," CyangoenMod announced in a blog post.Here's a list of the first devices to receive CM13:OnePlus OneNexus 7LG G4Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4LG GPad 7.0LG G3 VerizonMoto X 2014As CyanogenMod notes,... Read more...
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 are at the end of the road watching OnePlus and Cyanogen part company, or at least that's how it appears.... 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 with it a “back to basics” approach to standing out compared to other custom ROMs on the market.... 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 it's not the most politically correct way to talk to customers, though it certainly gets the point... 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 does stick out is the fact that both 4.1 and 4.2 have individual shares three times greater than... 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 the smartphone sector. We have already discussed the first avenue: Windows 10. Windows 10 aims... 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 to anyone and everyone to purchase, though the window to buy one without an invitation will only last... 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 visiting the Themes Studio, creating an account, read the guidelines and template instructions, and... 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 LED flash that can capture 4K video while the front-facing camera is a not-too-shabby 5MP. The 3100... 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 smartphone industry is ripe for disruption, and 2014 should prove to be a huge year for the future... 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 shy of half a million and the Galaxy S III representing an additional 461,501 installations. That's... 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, CyanogenMod explained at the time. It sounded like a bogus excuse, but here we are three weeks later... 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 A funding back in September. With the additional funds, CyanogenMod can (and will) add to its... 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 custom ROM or Oppo's "ColorOS" instead. Speaking of the buying the device, Oppo stated on its Google+... 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 ADB, a build-in development and debugging tool, but that's not what Google takes issue with. "After... Read more...
Google's open source Android operating system has grown up and matured right before our very eyes in the past several years, and the same can be said for Steve Kondik, otherwise known by his online handle Cyanogen, developer of the immensely popular CyanogenMod line of ROMs. He posted his first ROM on the XDA Developers forum back in May 2009. It was for the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) and it was an instant hit. It didn't take long for CyanogenMod to gain a following among Android users anxious to access new features and rid themselves of carrier bloat. That's become Cyanogen's passion over the last few years, and he's now ready to take the next step by turning his hobby into a real company. CyanogenMod... Read more...
If you've been patiently waiting for an Android 4.3-based CyanogenMod to arrive, prepare to get excited. Well, as long as you're the type that doesn't mind playing around with entirely experimental software, that is. On its official G+ page, the developers behind CyanogenMod say that not all devices are supported at the moment, but those that are not will have support added as time goes on. As this current update is considered to be a nightly, there's no bug reporting to take place (as always, this is to be used at your own risk). Android 4.3, but sadly not CyanogenMod (yet) Taking a look at the release page, we can see that support is actually quite good for the initial release. Notable devices... Read more...
Are you the sort of person who, despite owning one of the newest and hottest smartphones on the market, would prefer to waste no time in modding it? Well, if you're a Canadian owner of Samsung's Galaxy S4 or a US owner with the phone through T-Mobile, you're in luck. The Cyanogenmod team have begun releasing nightly builds for these specific versions of the S4. At the current time, it's unclear when the other versions will be supported, but according to the developers, they should be soon, as devices are acquired (such as the one equipped with the Exynos Octa). In a Google+ post, Cyanogenmod developer and ex-Samsung employee Steve Kondik said, "There are a few rough edges still, but will... Read more...
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