Smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has found itself in a position where it might have spread itself a bit thin in trying to maintain two separate, major versions of the operating system ROM it provides on its mobile devices. Western market customers are already familiar with the OxygenOS ROM and related user interface that grace devices like the OnePlus 3 with something very close to the Google AOSP. They may not be familiar with HydrogenOS, the variant ROM developed by OnePlus for Eastern market customers, that has a much different look and feel. Despite the divergent nature of the forks, OnePlus is now planning to bring them back together into a unified operating system and user interface. Read more
Over this past weekend reports surfaced that Cyanogen Inc, the company that was spun off from the CyanogenMod operating system project, was going to stop work on the operating system and pivot to producing standalone apps. Characterizing those reports as a “circus of misinformation” Cyanogen’s Steve Kondik took to the CyanogenMod blog to assure the world that work continues on the CyanogenMod operating system. Read more
Cyanogen bit off more than it could chew when it spun off into its own company with the intent of stealing Android away from Google. Needless to say, that hasn’t really happened, although Cyanogen has managed to implement some pretty cool features in its ROM alongside hefty financial backing from Microsoft. Read more
The Moto G4 is already a device that targets budget-conscious buyers as soon as it ships out of Lenovo’s production facilities. For buyers looking to squeeze even more of a deal out of their purchases, Motorola struck a deal with Amazon to make a variant available through the retailer at an even greater discount at the expense of buyers putting up with advertising and Amazon content and apps. To help ensure that relationship stays the same, it appears Motorola locked the bootloader. Read more
While Xiaomi launched its monster Mi Max handset earlier today with a 6.44-inch Full HD display, the Chinese manufacturer also took the wraps off of the latest version of its firmware, MIUI 8. The firmware is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and comes with a new design and a number of new features. Join us after the break for more details. Read more
We were anticipating the LG G5 to have a locked bootloader after seeing such on the Galaxy S7 models. However, this is not the case for a T-Mobile LG G5.
Update: Nightlies have officially gone live for the Australian Galaxy S5, Galaxy S5 Duos, and the international variant of the Galaxy S4.
If you’re tired of waiting for Samsung to finally get Android 6.0 pushed out to your Galaxy S 5, you’ll now be able to take things into your own hands and get Cyanogenmod 13 installed on your device, if you’re comfortable rooting and flashing a ROM. Read more
In recent times, most Cyanogen related news has been about which new handset will sport the alternative Android operating system, but today the Cyanogen team has announced the availability of CM13 nightlies for a selection of devices. As you might already know, CM13 is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and the term ‘nightlies’ is basically a euphemism for betas. Read more
European carrier, Telefonica, has joined up with Spanish handset manufacturer, BQ, to offer Europe’s first handset running Cyanogen OS. The handset will be known as the Aquaris X5, and will run Cyanogen OS 12.1 which is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Read more
Cyanogen OS is the commercial version of the software that ships on some phones from partners like OnePlus. It’s a forked version of Android that relies heavily on Cyanogen’s version of some applications, while still keeping the features from Cyanogenmod. Read more