Samsung might not have been the very first smartwatch manufacturer, but they definitely have been one of the most adamant companies in pushing the appeal of a wrist-borne computer. Additionally, one could easily argue that they also produce the most beautiful of all the smartwatches: the curved Gear S. Also, arguably, the Gear S has one of the biggest flaws of all the smartwatches out on the market: Tizen.
Until XDA developer biktor_gj stepped up and brought Android to the Gear S via CyanogenMod 12.1. And what was Biktor’s opening comment upon success? “Hey GearS! Welcome to the Android family!”
Yesterday a member of the CyanogenMod team teased Google+ followers with news that a new mobile browser is close to being released by the team. Named Gello, the browser is based on Chromium open-source code and Joey Rizzoli says the new browser will be open-sourced as well. There are a lot of third-party browsers out there, but developing their own means CyanogenMod could provide their own alternative to Chrome in their ROMs as well as on devices from Cyanogen or their partners. Read more
With Google announcing Android M coming later this year, the ROM developers at Cyanogen have their sights focused on the next version of Android as the basis for their own ROM. Given the time taken to develop CyanogenMod 12 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop and Google already releasing Android 5.1, the snapshot release rolling out now will be the only CM 12 stable version based on the 5.0 Lollipop codebase. Read more
The Asus ZenFone 2’s bootloader can now be unlocked, which means developers can begin developing custom ROMs for Asus’ most impressive flagship yet. It’ll certainly make the device more appealing to the development community.
Developers working with software developed by Cyanogen have access to a new open source platform SDK that is loaded with APIs from the company itself and the CyanogenMod community.
Owners of OnePlus One handsets might want to start tapping the Software Update button on their devices because Cyanogen’s OS 12 Lollipop update is busy rolling out after passing certification a few days ago. That’s right, the wait is (finally) over, and now you can choose whether to continue using Cyanogen’s firmware or the OxygenOS ROM developed by OnePlus. We have more details and the OTA link after the break.
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
Microsoft is desperately trying to break into the mobile world of technology, and while its Windows Phones may be capable devices, they certainly aren’t popular. Read more
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.
Many things in our world splinter into a variety of subsects. Some of which are political parties, Protestant denominations, and Linux distributions, which includes Android. They all have something in common with that from which they derive, but all claim superiority in some fashion.
Kirt McMaster (CEO of Cyanogen Inc.) recently spoke to a crowd gathered at The Information’s Next Phase of Android event, to say that a new dawn is coming to the Android distribution and the daybreak will show Cid standing triumphant over Andy. Read more