Posts tagged with: cyanogenmod
  • by | April 17, 2014 7:16 AM

    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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  • by | April 4, 2014 2:38 AM

    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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  • by | March 25, 2014 4:14 PM

    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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  • by | March 24, 2014 12:38 PM

    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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  • by | March 19, 2014 5:13 PM

    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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  • by | March 17, 2014 3:09 PM

    OnePlus is hard at work on its One smartphone, set to arrive running a special incarnation of CyanogenMod later this year – sometime in the first half, at least. While there's still a good deal we don't yet know about the handset, OnePlus has been remarkably forthright in disclosing certain details about the phone's hardware, and especially in these post-MWC days we've been hearing a ton about what to expect. Pricing, display details, voice commands from sleep, the choice of SoC: all that's out in the open. Today we continue with the flow of OnePlus One news, learning what the company ...

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  • by | March 12, 2014 12:59 PM

    Being able to talk to your phone, issuing voice commands while it's sitting around in its low power sleep mode, is a feature that really came to prominence last year with the launch of the Motorola Moto X. But while the Moto X gave it wings, the DSP hardware that can be used of to pull off such a trick is present on plenty of other handsets – just yesterday, we looked at an unofficial effort to bring the ability to the Nexus 5. There, it's the Snapdragon 800 offering that low power DSP – a chip we just heard confirmed for the upcoming OnePlus One CyanogenMod phone. OnePlus has been ...

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  • by | March 6, 2014 7:57 PM

    Is it too early to start getting excited about the OnePlus One CyanogenMod phone? The handset isn't due to launch until sometime in Q2, but some of the recent details we've been hearing about it have been making the smartphone sound more and more attractive – specifically, that sub-$400 price tag sounds pretty great. But just what sort of phone will you ultimately get for that money? We've heard plenty of talk from OnePlus about “flagship specs” for the One, but haven't had a done of details about just what that might mean. This week, the company shares quite a few specifics, helping ...

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  • by | February 27, 2014 1:36 PM

    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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  • by | February 12, 2014 2:55 PM

    Google's Chromecast is a cheap, easy-to-set-up way to stream content to your television. Really, its biggest problems have stemmed from the limited sources able to send Chromecast video. In the past, that meant it would only work with a select handful of apps, and even then your phone really only acted as a remote control, directing Chromecast to pull content from across the internet. But then last week we saw Google open up the Google Cast SDK, allowing developers to start sending app content straight to Chromecast. Now one dev is teasing something that goes one step further, mirroring ...

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  • by | January 31, 2014 7:23 AM

    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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  • by | January 24, 2014 8:04 PM

    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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  • by | January 23, 2014 10:55 AM

    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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  • by | January 7, 2014 5:14 PM

    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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  • by | December 24, 2013 11:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the CyanogenMod variant of the Oppo N1, and its official launch today. Amazon follows the news as we talk about their new app store deals and why they exist. Nokia is next as we keep talking about their possible Nokia Android phone, as unbelievable as that may be. Sony is then making headlines with Android 4.3 for existing Xperia smartphones. We end today's show talking about Samsung's plans for the display of the Galaxy S 5. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition goes up for sale; any takers? - Amazon’s ...

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