There have been plenty of fantastic Android smartphones released over the last year, but none have generated quite as much excitement as the surprising OnePlus One. Seemingly from out of nowhere, OnePlus burst onto the scene with its new smartphone featuring a range of impressive specifications and an open source operating system. Obviously, Android users were champing at the bit to get their hands on the phone, but months later, the phone still isn’t available to the public. More →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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.
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.
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 →
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.