When news broke recently that Microsoft had recently invested $70 million in Cyanogen, many wondered what the companies may be up to. Many were worried, especially after Cyanogen was recently involved in a skirmish with Android darling OnePlus. Some more details seem to point to Cyanogen wanting to produce a version of Android that does not include a stack of Google services, hence the need for a “war chest.”
The wait for Cyanogenmod 12 is finally over for HTC’s flagship Nexus 9 tablet. The first nightly build for the tab is available on CM’s download page, and getting it flashed to your device isn’t too much of a hassle, considering this a Nexus tablet.
Cyanogenmod 12 is built from Lollipop’s source code, so you fortunately won’t have to abandon any features here. The first builds are going to be nightly builds, though, so there may be a few bugs here and there.
Embattled upstart OnePlus has announced the release date for its OxygenOS Android overlay: February 12th. The announcement came via OnePlus CEO Peter Lau’s Weibo page, where he posted an image of four individuals, one of whom is wearing a cowboy hat, basked in ethereal mystery, apparently poised to usher in this new era of Oxygen.
One of the coolest features that Cyanogenmod offers is a fully fleshed out theme engine built directly into the OS for your Android device. There are tons of available themes on the Play Store and the internet that can completely change the look of your phone on the fly, and it’s one of the biggest things that’s been missing from Cyanogenmod 12.
The Team Win Recovery Project has been updated to version 2.8.4, bringing several new features and enhancements. One of the biggest new things introduced with the update is the support for Motorola’s Moto 360 and LG’s G Watch R.
The folks over at CyanogenMod have been hard at work on your New Year’s present and finally have something to show for it: nightlies!
OnePlus announced yesterday that they were releasing an alpha build of a custom ROM that has been in development. The ROM will eventually be customizable, but starts out with a bloat-free, stock-Android experience for users. Although OnePlus has not added any extras yet in this version, the ROM is built on AOSP Lollipop, so users can get the latest sweet goodies included in Google’s most recent version of the Android operating system.
OnePlus unveiled a new portable battery pack, called the Power Bank. It’s 10,000 mAh so it can power the OnePlus One three times before it needs to be charged again. It can of course charge other devices, not to mention it features a second port for charging two devices at the same time. It will be available early next year in either Silk White or Sandstone Black and cost $14.99.
Today also happens to be the one year anniversary for OnePlus, and they have a couple of things going on. The first is they posted a video, which looks back at the past year. They are also giving you a chance to win a OnePlus One if you wish them a Happy Birthday on their Vine page.
As the old adage goes: another day, another muddled response from Cyanogen regarding the availability of the Cyanogenmod OS on non-Micromax devices.