Cyanogen may have ‘stuck it’ to Nintendo over use of OS for Nintendo Switch

Did spring fever get to Cyanogen’s Kirt McMaster today as evidenced by a tweet he sent out earlier – since pulled – in which he was virtually fist-bumping himself over not working with Nintendo to put together an operating system for the Nintendo Switch? As most of the replies on Twitter indicate, with the success of the Nintendo Switch crowing about how one did not partner with Nintendo may not reveal the most astute business acumen.

TWRP comes to Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL


Developers are hard at work preparing custom ROMs for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Unfortunately, you can’t just slap a ROM on your new Pixel phone, as there’s a couple steps to take first. You’ll, of course, need to unlock the bootloader first, but as XDA-Developers points out, the next step is flashing a custom recovery image.

And now that the most popular customer recovery tool is here, TWRP, Pixel owners will be able able to start flashing custom ROMs on their phones.

OnePlus planning to merge OxygenOS and HydrogenOS


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.

Cyanogen’s Kondik says company isn’t going anywhere


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.

Amazon Prime version of Moto G4 comes with locked bootloader


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.

[Update: More phones added!] Samsung Galaxy S 5 unofficially gets Marshmallow through Cyanogenmod


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.

CyanogenMod lists the first devices to receive CM13 (Marshmallow) nightlies


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.