Some of the biggest technology companies in the world are all taking a look at Android software developer Cyanogen. They are the developer of the very popular custom CyanogenMod ROM. The community for CyanogenMod has been so strong that is has been questioned whether or not it is actually in contention to be the world’s third most popular mobile operating system. It is being reported by The Information that Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo have all been keeping an eye on Cyanogen with an acquisition or at least a partnership in mind.
Anyone up for a riddle? What do you get when you combine Nextbit, a new company founded by two former Google execs and other tech industry rockstars, and Cyanogen, the creators of arguably one of the most well-loved custom ROMs available today? It’s a trick question, because as of right now, nobody knows. Nextbit is making itself out to be the creator of, “…groundbreaking technology that will take [mobile] to the next level,” and if their team serves as any indicator of the kinds of ideas running the company, it may just be right. Tom Moss and Mike Chan are the heads of the young start-up; they are former members of the original Android team at Google, and they have been earnestly assembling a team of engineers and designers from Google, Amazon, Apple, Dropbox, and most recently HTC. HTC’s Former senior VP of Design Scott Croyle has recently joined the Nextbit team at the same position.
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.
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.
The CyanogenMod team has added a new feature to its latest nightly build, and it’s a feature that’s been hidden inside the code of stock Android for some time now. It’s called “Heads Up,” and its a notification mode that allows users to interact with floating alerts that are overlaid over what users are doing.
Google hasn’t yet activated the system in stock Android, but many users think it’s much more useful than Android’s default alert system. Basically, there’s a little box that’s displayed at the top of the screen above whatever you’re doing.
The software issues that delayed the OnePlus One from shipping have been resolved. The company delayed shipping its first flagship smartphone since there was a flaw within the Open SSL encryption protocol. This was obviously an issue that had to be fixed to ensure there would be no security vulnerabilities. OnePlus has fixed the issue and is ready to resume fulfilling orders.
People who received an invite and placed an order should start receiving their OnePlus One over the course of the next few weeks.
It was all too good to be true, wasn’t it?
OnePlus, a small start-up which planned to release its first mobile device this summer, has delayed the project, dubbed the “One,” once again.
Invites for the OnePlus One were supposed to be sent out in May, but there were software bugs that held back the device from release. It looks like there’s been another bump in the road — there are more problems with the software. The device will come running CyanogenMod, the popular Android-based operating system.
While many folks use the nightly builds of CyanogenMod there are a select few who prefer a more stable release, myself included. Those few will be happy to know that CyanogenMod has released M7 build of CM 11. The monthly snapshot — said to be more stable than the nightly builds — is derived from the May 22 nightly branch as opposed to the newer May 31 branch. This snapshot includes the following fixes:
OnePlus originally stated they wanted the One to be widely available in Q2 of 2014, and they’re still on track with that, with just a few modifications to the production schedule. After the device announcement, OnePlus found out demand for the device was quite a bit higher than they originally anticipated, and that among the different models, the 64 GB Black Sandstone variant was much more popular than the 16 GB White Silk model. I want to say I’m surprised, but getting quadruple the amount of storage space for just $50 is something that most consumers are absolutely going to want.
Official CyanogenMod Nightlies support has arrived for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ and 8.9″. Currently the builds show up as experimental, but regular nightlies are set to be released starting today. These ROMs are running CyanogenMod 11.
As is the usual case with ROMs on Android, users should exercise extreme caution. Sometimes these files aren’t stable, although sometimes they are. Users should make sure that they know what they’re doing before they attempt to install anything.