Microsoft yesterday updated Cortana for Android, removing the “Hey Cortana” feature from the version available in the US market. This comes just a few days after bringing Cortana for Android out of beta and officially launching the full product.
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. Read more
A partnership currently exists between Cyanogen and Micromax’s Indian-based YU brand. The agreement formulated at the close of 2014 gave Micromax exclusive access to Cyanogen’s software in India to be implemented in future YU phones. But the Yuphoria that was released earlier this year shipped with stock Android, leaving behind any traces of Cyanogen OS. Fear not, though, as Cyanogen says everything is fine and the two parties will continue to working together.
WileyFox, a UK startup has just launched their first devices, the Storm and the Swift, both running on the latest Cyanogen OS. The two devices have solid specs at a competitive price, following the footsteps of the OnePlus smartphones. Read more
ZUK has announced it’s partnering with Cyanogen to create an international version of the ZUK Z1. The ZUK Z1 was announced in China early last week and the new variant will allegedly be based on Cyanogen OS 12.1.
Cyanogen posted great news on Instagram. Adnan B., a Cyanogen employee, spoke at Seattle Code Rush, saying the company now has more active users than Windows Mobile and BlackBerry together. This is an amazing accomplishment for the company, and they seem to be very proud of it.
Cyanogen seems to once again be switching default Google apps with replacements from the Play Store. It will now be using Boxer Calendar in Cyanogen OS12.
Cyanogen Inc. announced today that it has hired Stephen Lawler who was Amazon’s engineering leader as Senior Vice President of Engineering. Also Karthick Iyer who was Qualcomm’s Android engineering lead as Vice President of Global Systems. Their plan is to have Lawler oversee engineering for the company worldwide while Iyer will lead systems engineering.
A new distribution partnership between Cyanogen and Playphone has been inked, placing the latter’s social game store on Cyanogen OS devices in select international markets. Playphone’s catalog of games, most of which are free-to-play titles, mirror what you would expect from Google’s Play Store. There are popular titles such as Cut the Rope 2 and Final Fantasy III as well as smaller ones like Acorn Buster. While the markets to see Playphone pre-installed on Cyanogen OS were not named, we expect emerging markets to be the target. Playphone has shifted its focus to emerging markets where mobile gaming may not be as popular.
There is not yet a specified date for when Cyanogen OS devices will ship with Playphone.
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