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    Have you been looking for a stable custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM? If so, you're not the only one – there are undeniably a host of benefits that can be tapped into as a result of opting to use custom ROMs. The only issue is, given the lack of testing ROM builds receive, oftentimes the ROMs you install will end up without stable performance. That's why it's pleasing to hear today of the first CyanogenMod 12 snapshots becoming available for download. In case you aren't familiar with how CyanogenMod builds are labelled, here's a baseline understanding of it: usually, with a new release of ...

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    The vast majority of our interactions with smartphone occur through the devices' touchscreens. Sure, we'll use voice commands now and then, and maybe even connect a Bluetooth controller, but without touchscreen input, we'd be utterly lost. So some OnePlus One owners have been understandably frustrated as they deal with touchscreen glitches that seem to have been plaguing the handset since it launched. Despite OnePlus delivering update after update that attempted to put these touchscreen bugs to rest, problems have persisted. At least, they have so far, but it looks like salvation may have ...

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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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    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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    OnePlus did something a bit stupid a little over a month ago. With no real guarantee that this would happen, it told its users to expect not one, but two major software releases for their One handsets in just a matter of days: the first arrival of OxygenOS, and the long-awaited CyanogenMod 12S update. And then one after the other, they both missed their due dates. OnePlus shot right into damage control mode, and in the days since we've finally seen the release of OxygenOS. But CMS12S, on the other hand, has been a no-show. It's still not quite ready to go live, but today we get a ...

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    There's something to be said about uniformity and everything looking the same. Smartphones, tablets, and even recent computers powered by Microsoft's Windows OS all look the same. The hardware may be radically different, but the operating system is the same. If you know how to use a Windows phone made by Nokia, you know how to use a Windows phone made by HTC. Apple, on the other hand, makes its hardware and the software - no one else is allowed to. In both cases, your choices are limited - by design. Then there's Android Android runs on hardware made by dozens of OEMs. Some stick pretty ...

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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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    Owners of the OnePlus One have been patiently waiting for Android Lollipop for months. And while they don't have it just yet, they've got two releases to look forward to: in addition to the Lollipop-based CyanogenMod 12S, the update to the current OnePlus One software, we're also about to see the release of the company's own custom ROM, dubbed OxygenOS. A few weeks back we got a general ETA for when to expect both of these software packages, with OnePlus advising us that it planed to begin distribution in mid to late March. Now it's getting even more specific, offering a couple dates. ...

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    Right now in OnePlus One circles, there are two big questions on everyone's mind: when's OxygenOS getting here, and when can we expect the release of CyanogenMod 12S with all its Lollipop goodness? We've been checking out progress towards both, but when revealing the OxygenOS team the other week, OnePlus didn't have a lot to say about just when any of this might arrive, instead deferring towards promises that (at least in the case of Oxygen OS) it intended to release a fully-stable build which would “take some time” to get right. Now OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei is shedding a bit of ...

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    Do you care if your smartphone OS is open source? There are untold millions upon millions of users out there who couldn't care less, only interested in the end functionality their phones offer. But then there's also this contingent that's very interested in keeping things nice and open, users who naturally flock to platforms like Android, and even more specifically, to independent custom ROM projects. This affinity is one of the reasons it was so great to see manufacturers like OnePlus publicly embrace open-source software from Cyanogen Inc. (above) – well, up until their falling-out, at ...

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    OnePlus has been a little busy these last few days when it comes to its "One" and only smartphone. On one hand, you'll be able to purchase a OnePlus One in a easier way starting tomorrow, or at least certain days of the week. On the other, the company has been hard at work with its new software update, and we get new details. The OnePlus user forum has just published full details on the new enhancements that should reach OnePlus One users as of today on version CM11S 05Q, which is still based on Android 4.4.4. In addition to making Swiftkey and MaxxAudio default services for the new ROM, ...

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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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    Microsoft hasn't found the amount of success it wanted to see in mobile. Windows Phone is still just 3% of the mobile market, and even with its moves in acquiring Nokia's mobile division, the company is still struggling to re-invent itself internally. You could assume that Microsoft's interests in Android are low, given how the company killed the Nokia X project, but it seems these plans have changed. Microsoft is apparently going to invest a minority share of $70 million in Cyanogen, leaving what was once a simple ROM alternative, into a company that's now worth hundreds of millions. No ...

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    There are a ton of reasons to love the OnePlus One, starting with its price tag. Moving that specific reason aside, another big reason is that the device runs a pre-installed version of CyanogenMod, or should we say, as long as you don't live in India. Certain exclusive deals force OnePlus to sell this device with its custom version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, though if your device already runs CyanogenMod, there's a good chance that you're in luck. Cyanogen Inc has just taken the time to explain how its policies will work in India, and things might get lucky for a few. If you purchase the ...

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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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    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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    Earlier this week, we learned that release plans for the OnePlus One were hitting a snag: despite invitations to purchase going out to potential customers, and orders coming in, OnePlus didn't quite have the smartphone ready to go. The delay was tied to efforts to resolve a software vulnerability uncovered in the CyanogenMod software the handset runs, and at time it sounded like we might be in for a bit of a wait as the code was updated, tested, and ready to install on all these One handsets. Thankfully, better news has already arrived, and it sounds like this hiccup is already behind us. ...

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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 OnePlus One is set to go official this Wednesday, but with all that's already been revealed about the Android smartphone, it doesn't feel like there are too, too many secrets left. Specs are pretty much an open book by this point, and we've heard about how and where sales of the phone will get underway, as well as what we should be expecting to pay. Still, a few questions have lingered, and some of the details that have largely remained under wraps have concerned the handset's design. We've checked out the odd sketch, prototype render, and component shot, but a whole bunch of much more ...

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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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    If the new HTC One has redefined just how many leaks we can see of a new smartphone before it goes official, OnePlus has been working to make its own One the equivalent for company-sanctioned teasers, letting a few new details slip every now and then, going back the past several weeks. All this has been leading up to a formal launch, but when would that occur? We've heard the company talk about availability sometime in the second quarter of the year, and now it starts getting a little more specific, announcing plans to unveil the One on April 23. That's just over four weeks from today. On ...

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    For the past few weeks now, OnePlus has been filling us in on some of the specifics behind its upcoming CyanogenMod-running One smartphone. A lot of that has sounded really good, like the swappable backplates made of a variety of interesting materials, or the 13-megapixel Sony Exmor camera. Really, if there's just one spec we were a little less than impressed with, it was the decision to go with a Snapdragon 800 SoC. Granted, the 800 is still an absolutely fantastic chip, but it's also last year's design – and if we're talking about a 2014 flagship, we'd sure like to see a slightly more ...

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    OnePlus continues to deliver news of its upcoming One handset piecemeal, and earlier this week we got details about what to expect from the smartphone's imaging systems. Our next update arrives today, pulling back the camera a little and focusing on the One's external design as we get word of interchangeable covers crafted from a number of materials. OnePlus calls these “covers,” but from the harsh words it has to say about cases that are applied on top of a phone, obscuring its design, we're almost certainly talking about Moto G-style backplates. Five such options get confirmed today: ...

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