Posts tagged with: Cyanogen Inc.
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    Yu didn't really manage to astound anyone with its first smartphone – the Yureka – but it did present an option that was accessible for those searching for a midrange device at not too high a cost. The most special thing about that phone, without a doubt, was the operating system it ran; it forego traditional manufacturer skins or stock Android in favor of Cyanogen's custom operating system (similar to what we saw on the OPPO N1, OnePlus One, and other devices Cyanogen has collaborated in the creation of). Now Yu is set to reveal the sequel of that phone, making official the Yu ...

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    Cyanogen has been taking some big steps ever since the group formally incorporated itself and graduated from being some custom ROM enthusiasts to a company doing business with some major manufacturers. That's led to devices like the Oppo N1, OnePlus One, and Yu Yureka. As we wait to see what's next from Cyanogen, it's teasing a mysterious project on social media – so what could it be? The above image arrived this afternoon alongside the note “Cooking up something new in the lab” with the hashtags “EarlyStages” and “TopSecret.” What's the focus supposed to be here? The ...

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    It may be the one-year anniversary of the launch of the OnePlus One, triggering a symbolic sale over at the manufacturer's site, but that's not the only news happening in the smartphone's world today. Earlier this week we learned that OTA distribution of the CM12S update for the One had been put on ice, ostensibly to introduce a new feature. Today OnePlus and Cyanogen get that update moving back out again, and in doing so offers a slightly different explanation for the initial halt. To hear Cyanogen's Steve Kondik tell it, the main reasons for stopping distribution earlier this week were ...

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    The big news from OnePlus today concerns how it's selling the flagship One, doing away with invites and limited-time sales windows for good. But that's not the only thing that's happening with the phone today, and OnePlus's Carl Pei announced on social media that OTA distribution of the just-released CyanongenMod 12S update is being temporarily paused. While normally that would sound like bad news, it turns out it's happening for a pretty great reason, as Pei teases an new feature about to arrive for the One. CM12S distribution should get started again a little later this week, and it will ...

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    Back in the early days of 2015, a report surfaced that Cyanogen and Microsoft had been talking about business, and Microsoft was interested in sinking a $70M investment in the custom ROM maker. It was an almost scandalous suggestion, tantamount to Microsoft backing Android (but at least not Google's Android), and while it made for a good story, a couple months later we heard that the deal as described wouldn't be happening. What might be possible instead, this new info suggested, was that Microsoft could be making a deal to get some of its apps on Cyanogen-running phones. Sure enough, ...

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    CyanogenMod 12S for the OnePlus One is due soon. Really soon. Well, technically it's overdue at this point, with OnePlus initially telling us that the software would be out by March 30, but we're referring to the most recent update: last Friday word arrived that certification was complete and the software could be expected “in the next few days.” We took that to mean “early this week,” but just when will that be? As we post this news, CM12S still hasn't landed, but OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has posted another update, giving us the odds of seeing it arrive over the next few days. ...

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    It's the number-one rule of making promises: if you're going to make them, be damn well sure you can follow through on them. OnePlus has been learning this the hard way, after announcing in mid-March a schedule by which the two big updates due for the OnePlus One would be arriving. The first release of OxygenOS was supposed to land last week, and the Lollipop-based CyanogenMod 12S was to arrive earlier this week. We already saw OnePlus apologize for missing that OxygenOS date, and now the other shoe drops, as CM12S also fails to meet its release deadline. OnePlus blames certification ...

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    Cyanogen Inc. has its eye on expanding well beyond its roots as a custom ROM for tinkerers and hackers, and has spent over a year now working to get its software onto more and more commercial handsets. As it continues to grow, the firm has been looking to take on new investors, and rumors from earlier this year suggested that Microsoft could find itself becoming a major investor in Cyanogen. However, just last week we heard that this Microsoft investment would be occurring, after all. So who would end up funding Cyanogen's dreams for expansion? Today the company announces the details ...

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    Apparently, there will be no Microsoft investment in CyanogenMod, according to a recent Bloomberg report. At the end of January we've heard rumors from the Wall Street Journal that the Windows-maker would invest about $70 million in Cyanogen minority shares. Said rumors claimed that Microsoft would be willing to pay the custom ROM-maker top dollars if Microsoft apps and services would arrive baked into CyanogenMod ROM releases. Now, Bloomberg notes that there will be no Microsoft investment in CyanogenMod after all. However, the Redmond-based company would still reportedly be interested ...

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    Changes are shifting in the smartphone market. Once-dominant players have fallen to the wayside, and even seemingly unstoppable juggernauts are seeing their market share chipped-away at by budget-minded newcomers able to deliver shoppers more value for their money. Even the software landscape is changing, as alternate platforms rise in prominence and custom ROMs evolve from hobbyist pursuits to put on new cloaks of legitimacy. Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster recently talked with Business Insider about some of these changes, and as far as he's concerned, companies like Samsung should be worried ...

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    As you've probably seen by now (and if you haven't, take a look), the first images purporting to be from OnePlus's OxygenOS leaked overnight. Whether they're legitimate or not, we can't yet say, but with new information about OxygenOS promised for February 12, one week from Thursday, we'll know soon enough. In the meantime we've got some news about the other software option for the OnePlus One, as the company teases the phone's upcoming Lollipop release. Presumably we're looking at CyanogenMod 12S here, the release that Cyanogen itself had been teasing on social media as recently as late ...

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    You ever get the feeling that OnePlus can't catch a break? Despite the strong reception its One handset has found, a storm cloud of issues has followed the phone since its release, with complicated invites or pre-order-based sales leading the charge. This past week, though, things had been looking up. We just told you about this great Black Friday sales opportunity, and a few days back got word that OnePlus had recruited Amazon to help out with sales in India. Unfortunately, that latter development has hit a major roadblock, as today OnePlus shares some bad news about CyanogenMod, India, ...

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    This past year's been a huge one for Cyanogen Inc., seeing not just the formal incorporation of the company, but its involvement in the release of new Android hardware, like the OnePlus One, or its dealings with Oppo (as with the N1, above). Will the next year bring similarly big things to Cyanogen's table? Well, it sure looks like interest in the company is higher than ever, as we get word of a new round of funding and reports of Google interest in a possible acquisition. Cyanogen's said to be going after investors now, seeking an ultimate market valuation up around the one billion dollar ...

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    OnePlus has already managed to attract a lot of criticism for the way it's introduced its first smartphone, the OnePlus One. From the invitation system, to that smash-your-phones contest, to issues with scalpers, or even botched run-ins with regulatory agencies, it sometimes feels that this company is making every mistake it can – but then again, as an upstart, it has some growing pains to work through. The latest OnePlus controversy has just landed, and this one is drawing Cyanogen Inc. into the conflict. It all started with the announcement of a new OnePlus One invite giveaway, this ...

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    Last September saw the team behind CyanogenMod gather up its resources and formally incorporate, founding Cyanogen Inc. That's paved the way for new business opportunities, like the official Oppo N1 CyanogenMod support, and eventually the CyanogenMod-from-the-ground-up OnePlus One. As the company grows into its new role, it's picking up some additional staff to add their talents to its resources, and today we hear about the hiring of a few new execs with some big-name experience in the mobile tech industry. Cyanogen adds three new VPs to its lineup. The new VP of Engineering, Tyler Carper, ...

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    As invites start rolling out to early supporters of OnePlus, the company has revised the release date estimate for their flagship One smartphone due to an upcoming software update related to recently-discovered OpenSSL vulnerabilities. Invited people are receiving an email from OnePlus letting them know about the delay without going into much detail, but over on Reddit, a Cyanogen Inc. employee decided to clear things up a bit better. OpenSSL vulnerabilities discovered last week have been pegged as the reasoning behind this delay, and Cyanogen wants the factory release of the OnePlus One ...

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    The Nexus 5 was unveiled on October 31st of last year, and offered for sale through Google's Play Store the same day. In those several months I've run the stock version of Android, though about half way through I rooted it and run several apps that require those elevated privileges. That's pretty significant. It's the first personal phone that I haven't run a Custom ROM on since my very early days with Windows CE. Even back then I ran "cooked" ROMs on my Pocket PCs. Since then, running a Custom ROM has gotten significantly easier. Rooting toolkits are available that take all the guesswork ...

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    CyanogenMod went commercial back in September, Cyanogen Inc. was formed, and we have since heard of the team being hard at work on bringing their take on Android to phones like the Oppo N1, and others. However, as the company explains, it is growing, and, in order to reflect that, and the direction it's heading in, it needs an evolution of its brand. What you see above is the new official logo for Cyanogen Inc. There's more to it than just a logo, the graphic reflects, as you see below, the three key pillars it is built upon: customization, security, and open source. ...but theres also a ...

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    Last month we started getting answers about Cyanogen Inc.'s plans to work with an OEM to produce an all-new CyanogenMod smartphone, with news of the formation of OnePlus from former Oppo staff and its plans for its One handset. From what OnePlus shared about the hardware (and those details were very sparse) it sounded like we were looking at a pretty darn high-end phone. We've talked a little about our dreams for the OnePlus One, but would flagship-level specs translate into a flagship-caliber price? Thankfully, that won't necessarily be the case, with OnePlus CEO Pete Chou sharing on ...

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    CyanogenMod has long been one of the leading names in the custom ROM community. Only recently did the group go "corporate" when they formed Cyanogen, Inc. Before that, CyanogenMod was available as a flashable ROM for devices from virtually all manufacturers, and brought unofficial updates and current versions of Android to devices that had been abandoned by carriers and OEMs alike. However, CyanogenMod was limited primarily as a second-class-citizen, since devices came with their own ROM pre-installed, which would then be replaced by a custom CyanogenMod ROM. What we needed was a device ...

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    If there's nothing else to say about last year's incorporation of Cyanogen Inc. and the company's plans going forward, it's that they're wildly ambitious. In contrast to a platform being helmed by a Microsoft or an Apple, we're seeing how what began as a side project for a group of enthusiasts can evolve into something greater when they really put their minds to changing the way we think about the software on our phones. With plans this year for the launch of the OnePlus One, the first really from-the-ground-up CyanogenMod phone, we're quite optimistic for what's on the horizon. Helping it ...

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    Two weeks ago, back during the CES, we finally learned what was going on with Cyanogen Inc.’s plan to have a manufacturer release a pure CyanogenMod smartphone – rather than the reflashable Oppo N1. The phone would come from new manufacturer OnePlus, spun off by a former Oppo employee. The handset – the OnePlus One – was said to be on-schedule for a launch sometime during the first half of the year. This week, OnePlus has been posting a series of short messages to Facebook, and in doing so has revealed a few hardware details, as well as some new aspects to the One’s launch. Some ...

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    2013 was an interesting year – in theory. What I mean by that is 2013 saw a lot of activity in the theoretical mobile market. Theoretical because not many of the newcomers who stood up to be recognized actually had any kind of hardware that people could, you know, hold and use. But now that 2014 has rolled around, many of these emerging mobile platforms have actually started coming up with some promising looking stuff and we thought, with the dawn of the new year, we’d give them a look and see what we might expect. Many of the new kids on the block can be categorized into one of two ...

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    CES is a time of the year for us smartphone-obsessive types where we find ourselves coping with an utter deluge of new announcements, previews, products, and demos. We're keeping you up to date with all the really big news, but the sheer amount of info coming our way means that some of it inevitably gets shuffled around a bit. This afternoon, we're looking back to an announcement that came down the wire overnight, with word arriving of the hardware partner Cyanogen Inc. is going with for its first from-the-ground-up CyanogenMod smartphone. While we've been expecting to get word of this ...

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    Oppo's N1 is an interesting phone for a lot of reasons: a rear touch panel, that cool rotating camera... but one that's really grabbing a big chunk of the attention is the phone's special status as officially supporting CyanogenMod as an alternate platform. Earlier this month, we saw the regular N1 go up for sale, which fully supports users re-flashing their handsets with a CM ROM. In addition to that model, we've also known about a special CyanogenMod Edition of the phone, which would arrive from the factory with CM already installed and ready to go; this week, that CM N1 becomes ...

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