Cyanogen eyes new Chinese vendors for partnerships


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.

“OK OnePlus” Feature Stalled Cyanogenmod 12 Rollout

OnePlus One Cyanogenmod 12

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 publishes kernel source code for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (47)

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.

The OnePlus One to get Lollipop-based CyanogenMod 12s over the “next few days”


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.

Cyanogen updating theme features for Cyanogen OS 12


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.

Take a peek at Cyanogen OS 12’s new boot animation

cyanogen OS

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. 

Cyanogen dream of non-Google Android at heart of fund raising efforts


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.”

Cyanogenmod 12 finally released for the Nexus 9


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.

Cyanogenmod 12 nightly builds now including the CM Theme Engine


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.