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January 7, 2014

OnePlus to release its first official phone with CyanogenMod

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OnePlus, the smartphone startup founded by a group of former Oppo employees including one executive, announced that it will release the first official CyanogenMod phone later this year.

CyanogenMod recently saw its first device hit store shelves in the form of the CyanogenMod edition of the Oppo N1. But it has found a more permanent device partner to move forward with in smartphone startup OnePlus. The company announced that it will be releasing the first official CyanogenMod phone – the OnePlus One – later this year.

The pairing isn’t that surprising. OnePlus was founded by CEO Pete Lau, who was previously an executive at Oppo, the maker of CyanogenMod’s first phone. But unlike the Cyanogen-equipped N1, which was released after a standard version came out, the OnePlus One will be built completely around CyanogenMod.

It might be my sense of humour but, I find it ironic that being CyanogenMod is a customised version of Google’s Android operating system, we now see CyanogenMod is customising itself to develop a custom version of the software with special features and tweaks.

The updates will come directly from CyanogenMod itself, which makes the process significantly faster than it is for most other devices. You can install the software yourself on any Android phone, through a process that is becoming increasingly easier.

OnePlus doesn’t have any products yet to show us what to expect from the OnePlus One.  It’ll be interesting to see which way the OnePlus will go in terms of hardware, high or middle end . No other details are available, but OnePlus expect the phone to become available within the first half of this year.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini