Cyanogen Microsoft, Samsung and Amazon

Microsoft might be interested in acquiring the most popular custom Android build ever

By on August 29, 2014 at 6:20 PM.

Microsoft might be interested in acquiring the most popular custom Android build ever

Many Android users unhappy with what the mobile operating system has to offer have looked at various custom ROMs based on Google’s latest OS version that offered additional tools to improve their overall mobile experience. CyanogenMod is one such Android-based build that become so popular in recent years that its founder decided to turn it into a business, Cyanogen Inc. That company is apparently now tracked by various tech industry giants that are highly interested in the mobile business, The Information has learned, including Microsoft. More →

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Cyanogen Nextbit Android Phone

Top-secret project could produce the most exciting Android phone ever made

By on August 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

Top-secret project could produce the most exciting Android phone ever made

Forget the OnePlus One — there could soon be a brand-new Cyanogen-enhanced Android phone coming that will blow other Android phones away. Per Engadget, Cyanogen and a mysterious startup called Nexbit have announced that they’re working together on “something really cool,” although they never specify what that “something” actually is. There are some very good reasons to think it’s going to be a killer new Android phone, however. More →

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OnePlus One Contest in Launch Markets

Here’s how you can become one of the first OnePlus One owners

By on April 1, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

Here’s how you can become one of the first OnePlus One owners

The OnePlus One Android handset is far from being properly launched, but the OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc teams have come up with a new contest that will reward ten lucky winners with a OnePlus One handset each. The “Case Chase” competition takes place between April 1 and April 10 in Europe and North America, with clues being tweeted each day for a specific region. More →

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OnePlus One CyanogenMod Software

CyanogenMod teases a OnePlus One smartphone ‘revolution’

By on March 27, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

CyanogenMod teases a OnePlus One smartphone ‘revolution’

One of the most exciting Android handsets of the year will be unveiled in less than a month from now, promising a smartphone revolution… or at least that’s what CyanogenMod’s boss Steve Kondik expects. CyanogenMod will be the official operating system of the OnePlus One smartphone, a choice the company made even before “hardware was even planned or engineering units were produced.” More →

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OnePlus One Battery Specs

New specs revealed for one of 2014’s most intriguing Android phones

By on March 10, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

New specs revealed for one of 2014’s most intriguing Android phones

We know more than ever before about the mysterious OnePlus One Android smartphone, but there’s still plenty the company hasn’t revealed. The members of the OnePlus team appear to be rectifying that piecemeal, beginning with a deep dive into the battery that will power the One.  More →

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OnePlus One Specs: Processor, Memory

Exciting new phone aimed at hardcore Android fans takes shape as first hardware details arrive

By on March 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Exciting new phone aimed at hardcore Android fans takes shape as first hardware details arrive

The OnePlus One has so far promised to be one of the most exciting Android handsets of the year thanks to an interesting marketing campaign. However, the company did not unveil any actual details about the handset aside for price (sub $400) and launch date (sometime in Q2) until Wednesday, when CEO Pete Lau finally announced the first confirmed spec of the handset: its processor.

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OnePlus One Price Unlocked and Off-contract

There’s only one new smartphone for hardcore Android fans, and now it has a price

By on February 21, 2014 at 11:44 AM.

There’s only one new smartphone for hardcore Android fans, and now it has a price

Expected to launch later this year, the OnePlus One Android handset that will run a CyanogenMod software version right from the start. It will also supposedly offer some top of the line specs, design and build quality — and now it finally has a price. Pete Lau, the former Oppo exec that departed the famous Chinese Android maker to start his own Cyanogen-related hardware company, said that the handset will cost less than what flagship Android handsets usually cost. More →

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OnePlus One Specs, Features, Launch

The most powerful Android phone of the year is launching this summer

By on January 23, 2014 at 1:38 PM.

The most powerful Android phone of the year is launching this summer

The OnePlus One will be the most powerful Android phone that has ever hit stores when it launches this summer, or at least that’s what the company that’s going to make the first pure CyanogenMod smartphone would have you believe. On its Facebook page, OnePlus revealed several details about the OnePlus One handset, without getting into too many specifics. For example, the company said that the phone will see international availability in the second quarter of 2014, but didn’t specify when it will be unveiled and actually launched. More →

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Cyanogen OnePlusOne Release Date

First smartphone with Cyanogen software preinstalled finally announced

By on January 7, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

First smartphone with Cyanogen software preinstalled finally announced

CyanogenMod, the popular alternative Android installer, is partnering with OnePlus to create a smartphone called the OnePlus One. This horribly named handset will be OnePlus’s first phone, and OnePlus hopes to launch it in the first half of this year. According to OnePlus’s announcement, “The CyanogenMod team will work in tandem with us to combine the best hardware with the best software.” This announcement is a boost for CyanogenMod, which had a brief appearance on the Google Play store last year before being removed in November. By having its software pre-installed on a handset, CyanogenMod can avoid dealing with Google Play altogether.

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CyanogenMod Removed Google Play

CyanogenMod removed from Google Play after terms of service violation

By on November 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM.

CyanogenMod removed from Google Play after terms of service violation

The installer for CyanogenMod, a popular alternative to Google’s stock version of Android, has been pulled from Google Play after its creators were informed by Google that the installer is in violation of the store’s developer terms. The Google Play support team told Cyanogen that the installer was relatively harmless, but “encourages users to void their warranty.” Cyanogen was asked to voluntarily remove the installer before Google was forced to take down the app itself. It is still possible to download CyanogenMod through the team’s website, but according to Cyanogen, “it’s a hassle and adds steps to the process.” There is no word on when or if the installer will reappear on Google Play in the future.

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Cyanogen Venture Funding $7 Million

With $7 million in funding, Cyanogen aims to take on Windows Phone

By on September 18, 2013 at 11:45 PM.

With $7 million in funding, Cyanogen aims to take on Windows Phone

For the past several years, Cyanogen’s goal has been to create a better, more secure and more customizable version of Android with its third-party CyanogenMod firmware. Now The Verge reports that Cyanogen is significantly raising its ambitions now that it’s received $7 million in venture funding from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures. In fact, Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster tells The Verge that his company’s goal is to beat out both Windows Phone and BlackBerry to become the world’s No. 3 most used mobile operating system. More →

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Android iMessage-Like Service

Secure new Android messaging service will rival iMessage

By on June 27, 2013 at 5:30 PM.

Secure new Android messaging service will rival iMessage

CyanogenMod is looking to step up the security in its popular third-party Android software. In addition to an incognito mode to keep personal data secure from individual applications, the team is working on an encrypted messaging service, known as PushSMS, for CyanogenMod users that looks to rival iMessage in terms of security. Developer Koushik Dutta revealed this week that he has built a secure push-based messaging plugin for the software that encrypts messages between two CyanogenMod users from end to end and is sent over the Google Cloud Messaging service. He noted that because the feature is built directly into the CyanogenMod framework, it’s compatible with third-party messaging apps such as GoSMS and Handcent. PushSMS isn’t available yet, however it will likely arrive in upcoming CyanogenMod test builds in the next few weeks.

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Android Privacy Incognito Mode

This new tweak will make Android more secure than ever before

By on June 12, 2013 at 2:40 PM.

This new tweak will make Android more secure than ever before

Steve Kondik, the founder and lead developer of CyanogenMod, announced on Wednesday that he is developing a new privacy feature for his popular third-party Android software. The feature, known as “Run in Incognito Mode,” is designed to help keep personal data secure by allowing Android users to run applications in a restricted mode. While operating in Incognito Mode, an application will not be able to access GPS location or personal data such as contacts, messages, browser history, calendar or call logs. CyanogenMod is an open source replacement firmware for Android devices that is designed to give smartphones and tablets more functionality and stability. “Run in Incognito Mode” is expected to debut in nightly builds of CyanogenMod in the near future.

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