Ever since evolving from a grass-roots unofficial Android ROM to a legitimate company, making big deals with smartphone manufacturers, we’ve seen Cyanogen hook up with a number of different phone-makers. From Oppo, we’ve seen it work with OnePlus, and more recently companies like Yu. This week we get word of one more, as startup ZUK announces its own partnership with Cyanogen.
ZUK may be a new name in the smartphone world, but it’s got familiar faces behind it, with Lenovo backing the effort. Last week the company revealed its inaugural Z1 handset with a Snapdragon 801 and other mid-range specs – though with a few niceties like full-speed USB 3.1 and the convenience of a type-C port (above). Today we hear about the software side of things, with ZUK revealing plans to ship the Z1 internationally with Cyanogen OS 12.1.
It initially wasn’t even clear if the Z1 would see retail sales outside China, so this is good news on two fronts: a lot more smartphone shoppers will get access to the Z1 and its affordable hardware (it’s got a sub-$300 price point, in China at least), while not having to worry too much about an upstart smartphone maker making some missteps with its customized Android build: Cyanogen’s got us covered.
There’s no guarantee we’ll see Cyanogen software on future ZUK models, but from the framing of this deal as a “partnership,” it sure sounds like there’s a good chance of that happening.