OnePlus One looks set to cause a major headache for the likes of Samsung
OnePlus is an ambitious new OEM out of China founded in late 2013 with designs on conquering the smartphone market. Its first handset is the audacious OnePlus One, which recently started shipping to the US and select European markets. Interestingly, instead of jumping into the market with a 5-inch smartphone, the company's first effort is a 5.5-inch phablet that it is marketing as a 'Flagship Killer.' With its intentions clear, is it possible for a company to come from out of almost nowhere to steal the title of most wanted Android phone from the likes of tech titans like Samsung?
Geeksphone cuts price of Revolution, updates to Android KitKat
The Geeksphone Revolution is receiving a software update, with the company adding Android 4.4 and CyanogenMod 11 to the dual-booting device in the coming days, and Firefox OS 2.0 set to be added in the future. The Revolution has also received a price drop to 199 euros ($275) from May 1st, with the mobile device also becoming available more widely in Europe through Amazon.
CyanogenMod-based smartphone has rear 13MP camera, replaceable covers
OnePlus has formally launched its first CyanogenMod-based Android smartphone, a device the company teased last week. The OnePlus One has a 5.5-inch 1920x1080-resolution display packed into a case that measures 8.9mm (0.35 inches) thick, weighs 162 grams (5.7 ounces), and will offer a variety of StyleSwap back covers including wooden and denim options.
Clean front of OnePlus One shown days before launch
The OnePlus One has allegedly surfaced in leaked marketing shots posted on a forum, days before its expected launch. The images, which are renders rather than photographs, appear to show not only what could be the final form of the smartphone, but also a collection of the StyleSwap back covers the company will also be producing.
Unlocked sub-$400 smartphone uses CyanogenMod, 13MP Sony Exmor camera
OnePlus has revealed it will be launching its first Android smartphone next week, at the same time as a photograph surfaced, allegedly showing the rear of the device. The OnePlus One, running a customized version of CyanogenMod's Android ROM, will be available to buy in 16 countries and will be priced at under $400, under 350 Euro, or the local equivalent, with the device set to be revealed on April 23.
CyanogenMod ROM for Oppo N1 available to download
Owners of the standard version of the Oppo N1 are able to download and install the CyanogenMod ROM for the device. The ROM, replacing the ColorOS version of Android offered with the device by default, has been customized to take advantage of some of the built-in hardware, reports Android Central. Support for the rotating camera and the O-Click Bluetooth remote control are included in the ROM, which can be downloaded from the Oppo Forums.
Screen video recording app from CyanogenMod team enters beta
The latest build of CyanogenMod brings Android 4.4 to a number of devices, including a number that have yet to receive the KitKat treatment. The team has also announced that it is adding automatic encryption of text messages to its builds, as well as introducing a new app that records a video of actions performed on the smartphone's display.
Possible Play Store rule violations could have forced CyanogenMod exit
CyanogenMod has been kicked out of the Google Play Store, potentially for violating the store's rules. The app, which allows users to install the CyanogenMod version of Android, is now no longer listed in the Android app store after Google Play support contacted the development team and asked for its removal, otherwise they would remove it themselves.
Google updates Android Device Manager with remote locking
Google has updated its Android Device Manager to allow for remote locking of mobile devices. The online dashboard not only blocks access to anyone that doesn't know the password, but also gives the option to set a new password, according to Android Police. The new password will override whatever is being used on the phone or tablet, and will be required to unlock it. Devices in Airplane mode will receive the lock command and password changes once it reconnects to a network.
Camera can be pointed towards rear or front of Oppo N1
Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Oppo has launched its teased smartphone, complete with unique camera module. The Oppo N1 allows its top-mounted 13-megapixel camera unit to rotate around 206 degrees, allowing the same camera to be used for front-facing, rear-facing and alternative angled photographs.
Steve Kondik passes comment on Galaxy S4, admonishes TouchWiz
The founder of CyanogenMod has left his position at Samsung Mobile, after 19 months on the job. Steve Kondik, also the lead developer of the Android ROM community's ported offerings, made a number of comments about the Galaxy S4 on his Google+ page, at the same time as updating his employment information.
Domain owner found impersonating team members, earning referrals
The website for CyanogenMod transferred from a .com to a .org, following the domain holder's demand for money. The move follows the Android ROM community's discovery that the domain holder had been attempting to make money on the domain and project, which lead to the Cyanogen team receiving a demand for $10,000 in exchange for control of the domain.
Move will make entire CyanogenMod system open source
CyanogenMod has dropped ROM manager and will be moving to an over the air update system. According to Android Police, the team wanted an update solution that did not rely on the closed source software, in an effort to make the entire ecosystem of the operating system completely open source. It was the decided that the team would build one themselves.
Nexus Q streaming media player hacked
Google's somewhat limited Nexus Q has had some life breathed into with two hacks offering the potential for greater functionality. Developer Jason Parker (@kornyone) has managed to install a version of CyanogenMod 9 on his Nexus Q, which he preceded with a hack where he hacked it to run Android XBMC. While both hacks have been offered as a 'proof of concept' neither is working properly.
Experimental CyanogenMod 9 brings Android 4.0 to Galaxy Note
The Samsung Galaxy Note has now received an experimental CyanogenMod 9 ROM that brings Android 4.0 to the half-phone, half-tablet. Team Hacksung has detailed the process and provided all the necessary files over on the XDA Developers forums, but cautions that only experienced developers apply the software to their 5.3-inch smartphones. There is also a list of known issues available online.
CM9 team adds security by changing root default
The CyanogenMod team has just announced a major change to its CyanogenMod 9 custom ROM builds. The first alpha builds on CM9 will no longer allow for default root access over USB. Three patches were released to address this issue, allowing users to disable root altogether, enable it for Android Debug Bridge mode (ADB) only, enable it for apps only or enable it for both.
HP TouchPads with CM9 get Android 4.0 updates
HP TouchPad owners with the CyanogenMod 9 build can now get nightly builds of the Alpha software, with constant updates and bug fixes for Android 4.0. The Teamwin project effectively synchronizes CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 6 for the TouchPad with the development branch of CM9 for all devices.
Early version of ClockworkMod Recovery teased
CyanogenMod team member Koushik "Koush" Dutta has just shared a video teaser (below) of his latest project, a touch-native version of ClockworkMod Recovery. The early build shows touch to select and scrolling working, and treats the menu as buttons. The software will let users create full firmware backups to ensure they can go back to a stock phone if their hacked operating system isn't what they expected.
TouchPad gets Android 4 from CyanogenMod team
The CyanogenMod TouchPad team has now officially released the previously teased CyanogenMod 9 software for the HP TouchPad over on the RootzWiki forum. This alpha release will allow users to run Android 4.0 on the discontinued tablet. As the software is at an early stage, however, many features do not work.
Galaxy Note gets experimental Android 4 build
The Samsung Galaxy Note that will arrive in the US sometime in 2012 has now got an unofficial first Android 4.0.3 ROM thanks to CyanogenMod 9's custom firmware. As is usually the case with such early builds, there are many features that don't yet work, including Bluetooth, battery usage, the media transfer protocol, camera support and likely some other detailed differences. Samsung plans to release an official Android 4.0 build for the smartphone/tablet early this year.
Support extended to LG Optimus Hub, Optimus Pro
Developers have continued to expand the list of devices supported by CyanogenMod, adding several LG devices and Samsung's Epic 4G. The unofficial custom firmware can now be installed on LG's Optimus 3D, Optimus Hub and Optimus Pro, while the Optimus Black has been added back onto the list of supported devices for the CM7 build.
Trebuchet launcher alpha brings handy tweaks
The CyanogenMod Trebuchet launcher has now reached Android 4.0.3 devices. The alpha version of the software is available for download and maintains much of the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) theme, but delivers several useful new features. Among them includes the ability to create a custom number of homescreens as well as the ability to enable/disable the new persistent Google Search Bar on the main homescreen.
CyanogenMod releases Alpha 1 for TouchPad
The CyanogenMod 7.1.0 for HP’s defunct webOS TouchPad has been made available for download and given a video preview (embedded below). The project is aiming to get a usable version of Google’s Android 2.3 running effectively, with support built-in to run multiple operating systems. The team has called the Alpha 1 release its “Lower your expectations” edition, which is designed to indicate that it is still very much a work in progress.
Support for HP TouchPads available soon
CyanogenMod, the collective that provides aftermarket firmware for phones and tablets running Android, has released a new update of its app (free, CyanogenMod mirror network). The ROM, which builds upon Android 2.3, offers support for almost 70 devices, and reportedly has over 50 improvements over the old release. CyanogenMod is also reaffirming that a release that supports HP TouchPads will be available in the near future.
CyanogenMod coming soon to all 2011 Xperias
Owners of many 2011-era Sony Ericsson Xperia handsets will now have the option of loading a free, community-built version of Android 2.3.x for their phones, the CyanogenMod development team revealed. Older handsets such as the Xperia X10, X8 and X10 mini and X10 mini pro also get the benefit of the software. Full support of features is promised, though the FM radio feature is still being worked on.
HP TouchPad sells to staff Sept 28 as CM7 updates
HP has signalled that its steeply discounted TouchPad sales are imminent through a leaked staff memo just as work has advanced on hacking Android into the tablet. A notice from Personal Systems Group head Stephen DeWitt has told HP workers that they will have "one last chance" to buy the TouchPad, on September 28. The company is expecting shortages and a glut of orders, TechCrunch saw; staff will be limited to one tablet each and may have to wait up to 10 days for shipments due to the "extraordinarily busy" warehouses.
CyanogenMod 7 running in basic form on TouchPad
The CyanogenMod crew's plans for an Android port to the HP TouchPad got closer late Sunday after it reported very preliminary success. Partly in an attempt to get more TouchPads for development, the firmware hacking team showed RootzWiki a demo (video below) of both the Android 2.3 lock screen from CyanogenMod 7 and its basic home screen running on the normally webOS-based design. Not even the touchscreen driver is working so far, although 2D graphics acceleration, a tablet-optimized interface and more were already working.
HP TouchPad clears out at high speed
HP's decision to slash the TouchPad to $100 has triggered the biggest rush on webOS devices since the Palm Pre launched two years ago, according to reports. In those US and Canadian stores still selling the TouchPad, several checks by Electronista readers and further investigations on social networks has found many stores already having sold out of their stock. HP's own store already lists it as out of stock, although whether that's permanent or temporary is still unclear.