Will the Oppo N1 be the first phone with a corporate Cyanogen Inc. tie-in?
Earlier this week, the CyanogenMod team shook-up the custom ROM community with its announcement that it had incorporated itself, and going forward would be doing business as Cyanogen Inc. Tons of questions remain about how this move will affect the project and its open-source roots, and despite any concerns we may have, the future sure looks promising for this new venture. When announcing the news, the company talked about plans to team up with a hardware maker to deliver phones running CyanogenMod software. But just who would that be? We’ve heard lots of speculation – HTC was mentioned as a strong contender – but new evidence seems to be pointing at something going on between Cyanogen Inc. and Oppo.
Oppo just published an official teaser video to its YouTube account, hyping the launch of its N1 handset for this coming Monday. This time, the short clip features Cyanogen’s Steve Kondik, who talks about plans to attend the launch event and promises “exciting news ahead.”
Considering the proximity of this to Cyanogen’s own announcement, we can’t help but wonder if Oppo is indeed this hardware partner to which Cyanogen’s been referring. Sure, it’s not the most popular brand around, but Oppo has seemed to committed to growing its presence, especially internationally, and tapping-in to a huge community like CyanogenMod’s could be just the opportunity it needs.
Check back with us on Monday to learn just what Oppo and Cyanogen Inc. had to share.