OnePlus nixes sexist contest the same day it launches

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Ladies, how would you feel if a company asked you to photograph yourself with its logo on a piece of paper? Perfectly fine, likely. But what if that company also offered an option to do the same, but the logo had to be on some part of your body? Yeah, not great. Though, if you were the most well-liked, you would get the opportunity to purchase a device! Just the opportunity! That is exactly what OnePlus asked women to do earlier today when it launched the Ladies First contest.
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OnePlus could be dropping CyanogenMod for Home-grown ROM

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The OnePlus One has been a huge hit amongst Android fans since it was launched in May. With powerful specs, a manageable price, and the CyanogenMod ROM, it caters to every request the average Android user has. However, recently OnePlus has come up with some changes to this smash-hit formula: it will be replacing Cyanogen with it’s own ROM.

While the details are fuzzy, it seems that OnePlus is planning to cut ties with CyanogenMod in the future in favor of their own Chinese-oriented software. While most of OnePlus’ subscribers in America and Europe have an appreciation of CM, their Chinese-based fans will no doubt enjoy a ROM targeted more towards their tastes.


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Don’t expect a version of CyangenMod based on the Android L Developer Preview

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Now that the Android L Developer Preview has hit AOSP, a lot of people are thinking ROMs. If you’re thinking that CyanogenMod 12 will be out soon, think again. The “L” is for “Later” as they see it, and I agree 100%. It’s a wonderful thing that Google released a preview version of L for us to play with and for developers to get accustomed to, but it makes no sense for a team like Cyanogen to spend much time with something that is full of bugs.

So expect CM 11 M8 (Android 4.4.4) to be released right after the 4th of July weekend, and their main focus will continue to be CM11 until Android L becomes a final release.

source: CyanogenMod

Cyanogen steals founder of Android Open Kang Project

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Whether or not CyanogenMod is your favorite ROM, it is by far and away the most popular Android ROM. With a new company and funding, Cyanogen has big plans to bring ROMing to the mainstream. In order to do that, they need to secure some of the best talent in the ROM community. If you can grab someone from one of your best competitors, that never hurts.

That is exactly what Cyanogen just did. They grabbed Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) founder, Roman Birg. AOKP might not be as popular as CyanogenMod, but they built up a pretty loyal following over the last couple of years. Congratulations Roman, I am sure you will be a great addition to the Cyanogen team.

source: AOKP

 

Cyanogen secures an additional $23 million in funding, TV and wearables could be in the future

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Cyanogen’s future is looking pretty good at the moment. It was three months ago when the company formed with $7 million in funding, but it wasn’t nearly enough for their plans. They just secured another $23 million from Andreessen Horowitz, which could help them bring CyanogenMod to TVs, wearables, and cars.

However, there is still a lot of work regarding mobile phones and tablets. Their ultimate goal is to give mainstream consumers the power and freedom to customize their device easily. This will most likely happen in late 2014 or early 2015.


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CyanogenMod 11 nightlies enabled for supported devices

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A couple days ago CM11 M1 was released to most Nexus devices, but we didn’t see nightly releases enabled for others. Well CyanogenMod has now enabled nightly releases of CM11 for every device that supports it!

Android 4.4.1 has also been merged into the code stream of CyanogenMod 11, so CM updates are up to date. Device maintainers for CM will perform these updates for their respective devices. You can find a full list of devices supported by hitting the source link.

Source: CyanogenMod

CyanogenMod 11 M1 now available for actively AOSP supported Nexus devices

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Cyanogen has already made available the first Milestone release of CyanogenMod 11, which is based on KitKat. It’s only available for Nexus devices, but only the ones that are “actively AOSP supported”, which means the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (all variants), and Nexus 10.

This is a new method for the Cyanogen team as they usually release Nightlies at this point, but not allow bug reports. While, M1 will only be available to these select devices, users will be able issue bug reports, although they do feel things are pretty stable at this point.

Other devices such as the Galaxy Nexus and non-Nexus devices will be part of the Nightlies, which should be available in the near future.

source: CyanogenMod / Downloads

Rumors surface indicating Cyanogen, Inc. ready to get into smartphone business with their own device

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According to undisclosed sources, Cyanogen, Inc. is working on producing an “official” CyanogenMod smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8974AC processor running at 2.5GHz, a slight step up from the current crop of devices running Snapdragon 800 chips at 2.4GHz. Reports indicate the device will be built specifically to run CyanogenMod, although it is unclear what other physical differences there may be compared with something like the Oppo N1 that supports CyanogenMod. Speaking of Oppo, although they were quick out of the gate to support Cyanogen with a special edition of the N1 that comes with CyanogenMod pre-installed, no one is saying whether they will be selected as the OEM for the new device. Another player in the Chinese market, Gionee, has surfaced as a possible contender via their upcoming ELIFE E6 device.
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