Meizu is rumored to launch a new version of its Android-powered MX4 smartphone on May 18, according to a Chinese report. Only this time, it will be running the Ubuntu OS.
During the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, Cyanogen’s CEO Kirt McMaster revealed the company is looking to partner with some new Chinese smartphone vendors to carry their CyanogenMod operating system in the future. McMaster did not name names, but he did indicate the vendors they are courting have plans to participate in the international market and not just China. By finding new vendors to install their operating system, Cyanogen hopes to expand the installed basis for their version of Android beyond the current 50 million users they claim. Read more
Ever the tease, last week OnePlus started a rollout of a stable version of Cyanogenmod 12, the Android 5.0 Lollipop-based custom ROM, to its venerated One phone. However, what OnePlus, giveth, OnePlus taketh away, and after a few members of the OnePlus One clique actually received the OTA update, the rest were stuck in upgrade limbo, wondering why OnePlus continues to play games with their fragile hearts.
It turns out the noncommittal antics weren’t just in everyone’s collective head, rather, OnePlus paused the CM 12 rollout in order to include the new “OK OnePlus” feature in the update. “Baby, I wasn’t ignoring you! I was just trying to find the perfect way to tell you how much I care,” they said.
Samsung only released the kernel source code for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones a short while ago, but there’s already some good news for would-be hackers and tinkerers. The Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) team has just announced the availability of its custom recovery for the Galaxy S6.
So, you’ve just got your hands on a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge smartphone and you’re already wondering how you can remove some of the bloatware, install a custom recovery or maybe even install firmware developed by a third-party such as Cyanogen. Thanks to Samsung publishing the kernel source code for both handsets, this possibility is now a step closer.
With a variety of devices getting Lollipop, it was only a matter of time before the “flagship killer,” the OnePlus One, would see its own CyanogenMod Lollipop update. While there are unofficial CM Lollipop builds out and about, and users using CyanogenMod 11s, other users have been waiting patiently for an official CyanogenMod 12s build to arrive for the device and they’ll only have to wait patiently for another few days.
If you are a OnePlus One owner and were expecting today’s major decision to be whether or not to carry on using CyanogenMod 12S firmware or to turn to the home-grown OxygenOS, you are going to be a little disappointed. As Justin predicted, the release date has been missed and no new date has yet been announced. Read more
Cyanogen has posted some new information about some upcoming theme related features that will be included in the upcoming Cyanogen OS 12 release. One of these new features is a new tool called App Themer that will let users customize the theme of specific apps. This capability will be useful if a user has installed a theme that for some reason does not play well with a given app. As an example, Cyanogen describes a theme that uses white text which does not work with an email client with a white background for the message body. The new App Themer will enable users to fix that one app by changing its theme without abandoning the overall theme. Read more
Interested in what Cyanogen OS 12’s boot animation will look like? The company has posted a short YouTube clip of what you’ll see when you turn on a Cyanogen 12 OS device, and it looks almost exactly like what you’d expect from a budding tech software company.
Unfortunately, Cid is completely absent from the animation, but that’s to be expected now that Cyanogen is a full blown company worth millions and not just some enthusiast Android users hacking together a ROM. Read more