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Introducing Cyanogen Inc., a company fully dedicated to the development of CyanogenMod (& a new user-friendly installer)






The folks at CyanogenMod have just made a very major announcement. No longer is the biggest open-source community project for Android just a hobby — it’s gone big time, and it’s gotten there fast. Introducing CyanogenMod Incorporated, a new full-fledged company that has managed to raise $7 million in funding to start. Wait… what?! This is definitely the ultimate feel-good story, with a project that started out as a hobby for a group of talented developers exploding into what has now become full-fledged careers for many.
So what does this mean? It means CyanogenMod is more than just a ROM. It’s a business. The company is 100% focused on the development of the ROM (which they’re actually calling an Operating System now). While we’re not sure what this will mean internally, it does help secure the future of a project that already had a pretty strong backbone.

In the heartwarming letter to fans, it is revealed that a man by the name of Kirt McMaster helped open the eyes of Steve Kondik to even greater possibilities. The question: what could they do with enough funding? And with a team that consists of as many original CyanogenMod developers as they could corral?
That answer will be given to us in due time, with the team promising some very exciting news for the future. It sounds like they are working on something big — something far beyond the scope of a traditional ROM that simply adds a few cool features. We’re potentially talking Xiaomi-type expansion here, folks, though we won’t get too far ahead of ourselves just yet. Here are the goals, though:
* Organize, lead, and support our community
* Create amazing user experience centered around how YOU work
* Security solutions that really work
* Stay committed to building the features our users need
* No junk
* Constant updates
* Available on everything, to everyone
That last one is really interesting. We’re not sure if they’ll be able to reach that goal, but knowing they’re working toward it is enough to get us excited.
With that, they’re also announcing the Cyanogen Installer, a project which will look to make the installation of CyanogenMod much, much easier for users. We’re sure there will still be some technical know-how required, but they’ll make it prettier and more easy to get up on the single biggest entity in third-party Android development.
This is pretty big news, and although the entire picture has yet to be painted we will be keeping a close eye on this proverbial easel. Be sure to read the full memoir by Steve Kondik over at the CyanogenMod website.
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CyanogenMod Installer Coming to Mac and Windows Soon to One-Click Install CM on your Phone or Tablet



Today is a pretty big day for the folks over at CyanogenMod. They announced that they are now a company, Cyanogen Inc. One of their first goals as a company was to make installing CyanogenMod easier. Now as hackers and ROM flashers, we don’t really think anything of it. But for the newbies that you tell them how to install CyanogenMod, they will feel overwhelmed. Root your phone, install a custom recovery, download CyanogenMod and Gapps, reboot into recovery, etc., it can be quite confusing for the new Android users.
As we stated in the post earlier about them becoming a company, they are introducing the CyanogenMod Installer which will be on Google Play soon. Of course, that’s only part of the equation here. There is also going to be a desktop application to install CyanogenMod. The team is planning to release a Windows version first, next up will be Mac and then they’ll do Linux if the demand is there for it.
Their blog post makes reference to open and unlockable devices, but as you know, that’s not always the case with Android phones and tablets. *cough* Verizon and AT&T *cough*. We’ve been informed that the installer will only support users of openly unlockable devices. Not those devices locked by the carrier or the OEM. So that really limits which devices will be supported.
But here’s the big question, Gapps or Google apps. Since CyanogenMod can’t ship their ROM with Gapps as part of it, how are they going to get around those Google apps like Gmail, YouTube, Play Store, etc.? Well the team doesn’t yet have a response to that. But I’m sure they’ve got something cooking up to get around that.

The team is doing an AmA (ask me anything) on Reddit right now. So as we get more juicy details, we’ll be sure to pass them along.
Koush actually just answered a question about certification:
We’re in an interesting spot, because typically GSF (Google Services Framework) is licensed to OEMs, not software vendors (us). But becoming a legitimate business entity and partnering with an OEM are the first steps to licensing GSF. Most of the technical hurdles have already been overcome (passing CTS – Compatibility Test Suite).
Tom Moss, who is on our board, is the ex-head of Business Developments and Partnerships at Google. He basically drafted all the agreements to license GSF, anti fragmentation clauses, etc. He’ll be very helpful as well on this front moving forward.
He also answers questions about the CM Installer:
Currently the installer supports unlockable devices and devices that come unlocked out of the box (ie, most Samsungs via Download Mode).
We’re still deciding how to handle locked devices. There’s legislation (DMCA clause) in the US that allows the user to bypass copy protection to essentially root their phone. We could do it, it’s not hard, but we have to make sure that this won’t get us into any hot water later.
…and Cyanogen himself:
The first release of the installer won’t support devices that require exploits. The long-term goal is to open up OEMs to the possibility of supporting us officially- there’s zero technical reason for these measures and the best way to fix it is to not buy these devices and speak your mind.
We’re going to be adopting a much more firm release procedure, and there will be various options on how you’ll get your updates depending on your needs.
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Steve Kondik And Koushik Dutta Shed More Light On The Future Of Cyanogen Inc. And CyanogenMod




Yesterday was kind of a big day for Android. The long-running and extremely popular custom ROM family CyanogenMod has been incorporated into a company which plans to further the software into a bona fide platform. CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik and extremely vocal CM team member Koushik Dutta (CTO and VP of Engineering for the new Cyanogen Inc, respectively) did what you're supposed to do whenever cool stuff happens: head to Reddit for an "Ask Me Anything" session. Here are some highlights from Kondik and Dutta's responses to the community's questions.
The elephant in the room is hardware. When will there be new hardware that runs CyanogenMod off the shelf, as a sort of alternative to Sense/TouchWiz/whatever the hell LG is calling it this week? At present getting Cyanogen onto hardware sold directly to end-users is a long-term goal for the company, but it's definitely at the back of their minds. News broke that Cyanogen has at least one hardware partner already, and the company plans to reveal this partner (but probably not their plans) next week. At present the company's monetization strategy is focusing on growing and strengthening Cyanogen as a platform and eventually licensing it to OEMs and providing support business-oriented solutions. An extremely distant goal is building or commissioning Cyanogen-specific hardware and selling it directly to consumers.
In the meantime, Cyanogen will be focusing on making the experience as easy as possible. A big part of this will be the one-click installer apps for Android and Windows, which are scheduled to be announced in full detail next week. The plan is to support all possible hardware that can be unlocked. Devices without a legitimate, manufacturer-supplied bootloader unlock method may not be supported, because circumventing the bootloader could violate the DMCA or require jumping other nasty hurdles involving lawyers. All devices that are supported by CyanogenMod and can be unlocked by the user (all Nexus devices, most Samsung devices, HTC and Motorola phones included in their respective bootloader unlock programs, et cetera) should eventually be supported by the Cyanogen installer tool. Speaking on the subject of older hardware support, Kondik said they'll continue to support as much hardware as they can "until they have crossed the line where too many compromises are made in order to run the latest version." That's the same policy that the team has always had.
Beyond that, Cyanogen will continue to develop its own apps and services as the company sees fit. Good examples of this is the new Focal camera app and the CyanogenMod Account tool. The team has plans for the latter in particular, including the ability to sync the myriad of CyanogenMod settings and customizations across devices tied to your account. According to Kondik, there are already "a number of new apps on the works."
But what about one of the core pillars of the Android experience: Google apps? Right now most ROMs including CyanogenMod are not released with the Google Play Store and the rest of Google's proprietary services installed due to copyright issues, instead being offered in a separate, flashable "Gapps" file. Though the company doesn't have anything to announce in that respect, they are working hard on a solution that fits with the new focus on ease of use for end users.
"No need to worry. We love Google services, and so do our users. Despite sensationalist headlines from earlier today, we feel we are an ally to Google, not a competitor," said Dutta. The company's only non-employee to grace the new Cyngn.com page is board member Tom Moss, the ex head of Business Development at Google. He may be able to help Cyanogen pass Google's Compatibility Test Suite, a required hurdle for any OEM that wants access to the Play Store for a new device. According to the AMA, most of the technical hurdles have already been passed. For now users will probably have to rely on the old Gapps model in some form or fashion.
Lastly, Kondik and Dutta spoke on a huge point of contention for the Android community and the open source movement in general: keeping the project open. Cyanogen is taking an approach that mirrors Google at this point - the core CyanogenMod builds will remain open source, while proprietary software (like Focal and backend solutions not immediately related to the core of Android) will be closed. Kondik wished to express that this is because of the nature of incorporation, and in most cases, is done simply to build the company's value and protect its investment. "Our strength is that we have a strong open source community behind us... the core of the project (hardware support, community contributions, etc.) will always remain open source," said Dutta.
When asked about using a project largely created on free contributions, Kondik mentioned that they have already hired both prominent CM contributors and outside developers. Cyanogen Inc. is already employing eight people who started as developers on CyanogenMod. The company is hiring engineers and designers right now. "Arbitrarily paying money to community members is a really complicated thing. I'd rather have them come work for us."
Expect more news on Cyanogen Inc. and CyanogenMod next week.
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[Video] Koush from Cyanogen Inc demos AirPlay mirroring on Android








We have known for quite some time that CyanogenMod’s Inc’s Koushik Dutta, aka Koush, has been working on bringing AirPlay mirroring to Android via their ROM. Having seen Google target his AllCast app by removing the “video_playback” support from the ChromeCast application, which essentially made it impossible to stream local content on a ChromeCast, he had been looking at finding an alternative for a feature that has yet to be implemented perfectly on Android.
In the video, he showed his HTC One being mirrored to a Nexus 10 tablet with the entire setup working flawlessly with very little latency. As he pointed out himself in his post, this looks particularly enticing when you consider using an Android stick as a server that is connected to a user’s TV.


I know I said I’m sticking to Nexus devices and no more custom ROMs, but I can’t deny that I am really, really tempted.
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Last weekend the Big Android BBQ took place in Hurst, Texas. It's a small but energetic little show specifically targeted towards Android developers (and the more rabid enthusiasts - you know who you are). The CyanogenMod team has attended before, but what with the incorporation, this year was a big deal, and the first time that they became an official sponsor. Today an outline of Cyanogen Inc. CTO Steve Kondik's presentation was posted to the web, along with his slides.
The most important information for current users is that the CyanogenMod releases will soon be split up into two distinct streams: the community edition and the pro edition. The community ROM is essentially CyanogenMod as it exists now. It comes pre-rooted, it's got features from the userdebug build, and the system is signed with well-known keys. It will also include a new built-in system updater with flexible options for backups, nightly builds, and flashing older versions. The "pro edition" (which doesn't indicate a cost of any kind; it's still free) will be issued with more security features, signed with private keys, and updated automatically to stable builds. The Pro version is what will probably be running on certain versions of the Oppo N1. It will not come pre-rooted, but it will be easy enough for a power user to enable root. New builds of the pro edition will be distributed every two weeks.
Mr. Kondik also touched on one of the main goals in the early months of Cyanogen's incorporated operations: making it easy to download and install the custom ROM. He said that while a wall of text is fine for advanced users, his mom needed a guided experience that was as easy as possible. The company will be trying to streamline that process with the installer program even as it expands the ROM family, and they're investigating ways to transfer user data from stock devices over to CyanogenMod builds.
But of course, regular users need a reason to flash CyanogenMod. Non-technical people usually aren't as concerned with the purity of their AOSP experience, they just want their phone or tablet to do cool stuff. On that note, Cyanogen will continue to develop their own variants of some of Android's core features, including an enhanced launcher and gallery and more tightly-integrated cross-service communication hubs. The CyanogenMod Account service will also be expanded with backups, synced settings (and possibly app data), and secure storage. New theme options, a secure messaging service, and more widely-applicable screencasting and screen sharing were also mentioned. The company is planning to reveal more about these in the upcoming months.
You can check out a more complete rundown of Cyanogen Inc's activities at the Big Android BBQ and Steve Kondik's presentation slides at the links below.
Source: CyanogenMod.org, Google Drive
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CyanogenMod Installer hits the Play Store to help you flash your phone





App still needs to be paired with a Windows component to install firmware

In its push to make installing its custom firmware easier for the average user, CyanogenMod has just launched its installer app in the Play Store. You'll need more than just the app to get through the process, however. After installing and going through a few basic instructions related to turning on USB debugging and the like, you'll be pointed to its get.cm website to download the desktop software to initiate the install.
You'll still need a Windows PC (running Vista or later) and a good USB cable to get your phone flashed with CyanogenMod, which adds another wrinkle of complication to the process. The combination of apps on your phone and computer should make it pretty simple though, provided your phone is on the list of compatible devices.
Although the app doesn't do a whole lot on its own, you can grab it from the Play Store if you're willing to also download the software on your PC and move through the process to bring CM to your device.
CyanogenMod Installer Launches on Play Store

SEATTLE - November 12, 2013 - Cyanogen Inc. today announced the the global release of the CyanogenMod Installer to support the CyanogenMod Project. Available via Google Play™, the application brings all the features from the direct to consumer Android OS to millions of new Android users worldwide with a new and simplified installation procedure.
CyanogenMod has become an enthusiast favorite with over 9 million registered users, and the new installer opens the door for more people to harness the full potential of their Android devices.
Paired with the PC client application, the Installer makes replacing and upgrading your current Android installation as simple as a few clicks.
“Our goal for the installer has always been to allow more users to experience the benefits of CyanogenMod, without the hassles of technical guides and concerns associated with the process.” - Steve Kondik, Co-Founder and CTO of Cyanogen Inc. “I’m especially pleased by the support the community has shown for our initiative and want to thank all those that helped beta test the installer.”
The application and installer are free to download and provide a convenient tool to upgrade your phone to the latest release of CyanogenMod. CyanogenMod provides users with greater customization, performance and functionality than the often outdated Android OS found on their device. Enhanced security functionality such as Privacy Guard protects users’ data from malicious or overzealous applications. The custom DSPManager allows for a system-wide equalizer to get the most out of your media and speakers. With integrated themeing capabilities, users can customize the OS to suit their tastes. The built in over-the-air (OTA) update capabilities ensures that users are never far from the latest feature, bug-fixes, and security updates.
About CyanogenMod OS
The CyanogenMod OS is based on Android 4.3 and is constructed by Cyanogen Inc. and its community developers as an open operating system. CyanogenMod uses code and technology pioneered by Google’s Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to extend and enhance software and device functionality. CyanogenMod is a user focused OS, alleviating the concerns over device longevity and limitations of use. CyanogenMod allows users and developers alike to be free from incumbent proprietary models.
About Cyanogen Inc.
Cyanogen Inc. is founded by the lead developers of the CyanogenMod OS to promote and enable a user focused approach to the mobile ecosystem. Today, millions of users use CyanogenMod as the OS of choice for their mobile experience. For press inquiries, please contact press@cyngn.com.
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Cyanogen Inc to bring official CyanogenMod phone with 2.5GHz Snapdragon “8974AC” [RUMOR]






We’re not quite sure what to make of this just yet, but here it is anyway: there’s an official CyanogenMod phone coming, and it’s going to be unlike anything else on the market right now. Trusted sources have revealed to Phandroid that the smartphone will house a mysterious 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapragon “8974AC” processor, which would indicate it’s only a slight bump from the MSM8974AB (Snapdragon 800 family) that currently pushes 2.4GHz of power (which is already sitting inside upcoming smartphones such as the Xiaomi MI3).
The phone “Steve” always wanted?
So what’s the deal with this thing? Sources revealed to Phandroid that the phone in question won’t be like the Oppo N1 — that is, it won’t just be a phone that officially supports installing CyanogenMod. No, this mystery phone has actually been designed specifically with CyanogenMod in mind.

What does that mean in the grand scheme of things? Well, for one, it means it’s going to be the device that Steve Kondik has always wanted to build. It’ll be nice to see the dream phone of one of the scene’s biggest developers come to reality. It also means that you can expect the beast that is CyanogenMod to work seamlessly and near-flawlessly, because the two were literally made for each other.
It takes two to tango
So just who will this phone be made by? Some would probably guess Oppo, considering that was the first big company to publicly do business with Cyanogen Inc by making it easy to install on the Oppo N1 (there’s even a special edition of the phone that comes with CyanogenMod pre-installed). That might not be the case when it comes time for the details to flow in, though. We’re hearing from sources that Oppo might not be the OEM involved in this huge undertaking.
Where do we go from here? Perhaps this report from Chinese outlet Yesky could help shed some light. A recent report by the publication suggests a smartphone dubbed the “ELIFE E7″ will soon be launching (the photo below is the ELIFE E6), and would launch with the very same Snapdragon 8974AC processor that we mentioned above.

A bit of sleuthing reveals that the ELIFE series is made by Chinese manufacturer Gionee, who has a pretty long track record in the smartphone game despite not being well known.
A quick stroll through Chinese social network Weibo reveals the profile of Gionee CEO Lu Wei Bing, who couldn’t help teasing the E7 and its Snapdragon 8974AC processor. Gionee’s corporate profile also saw fit to do the same, with the following rough translation being thrown out there:
E7 uses the CPU is Qualcomm 8974AC, small partners, you guessed it yet?
Small partners, eh? Could mean something. Could mean nothing. You never know with these translations. Nevertheless, it’s interesting.
Like Xiaomi, Gionee is aiming to be another one of those companies looking to break out of the Chinese market and become one of the big boys by taking on the likes of Samsung, HTC and more. Aspirations are one thing, but to actually work toward achieving those goals is another — such a move could be the big step they need to become what we’d call “the next Oppo.”
That these two reports have come out in such close proximity might not be mere coincidence — it could be the connection we’re looking for to figure out the who, the what, the when, the where and all the rest of those W’s. Of course, it could very well end up being Oppo (which would make the most sense under current circumstances).
Either way, one thing is for sure — a CyanogenMod phone is coming, and it’ll be sure to make some waves in the smartphone game. We’re still digging for more, folks, and we wouldn’t be surprised if more and more information about this starts to trickle out more rapidly in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!
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CyanogenMod Raises Another $23 Million in Funding, Looking to Hire Squad of New Engineers





Steve Kondik, Cyanogen Inc’s CTO, took to the official CyanogenMod blog today, announcing that the group has received another $23 million in funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz, bringing the total amount of capital to about $30 million. Pretty impressive for a group of dudes that started making custom ROMs a few years ago. With the second round of funding under way, the team is apparently getting ready to hire new staff “like crazy.”
Kondik did a very good job at laying out the first step Cyanogen is going to take with the cash flow through his blog post, and we have gone ahead and posted an excerpt from it below.
This new influx of capital will primarily be used to grow our engineering team as well as our UX, design, and product teams so that we can continue to build the next generation of mobile experience.
What does this mean for you as a CM user? Not much yet, except that you’ll see more new things from us more often. We will continue to invest in the community by way of increased resources, sponsoring more events, and of course staying open. You’ll see new apps and features from us, new services, and also more devices which run CM out of the box.
Do you love Android and open source? We are looking for great designers and software engineers to make it happen. Visit http://cyngn.com/careers if you want to be a part of of the new revolution in mobile!
If you think you have what it takes to be a part of CM, definitely hit up that Careers link.
Update: The Oppo N1 running CM 10.2 passed Google’s CTS and CDD certification programs, meaning it can run an official Google Apps package. That’s neat. [Google Groups]
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10 million CyanogenMod installs registered, official CyanogenMod YouTube launched






After Google has approved the Oppo N1 as the first officially-running CyanogenMod handset out there, the Cyanogen Inc has other reasons to be happy about.
According to its the company estimates, which keeps tracks of how many users install its CyanogenMod versions, there are over 10 million users currently running a CyanogenMod custom ROM version on their devices, another important milestone for a growing Android enthusiast community. In addition to Steve Kondik confirmation via a G00gle+ short post, the 10 million user mark can also be spotted on the company’s CyanogenMod statistics website.
That’s not only the only good news from Cyanogen, as the company has launched its own CyanogenMod YouTube channel, with the first video (see it above) presenting the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition that will be launched on December 24 – just in time for Christmas (sort of). While you’re subscribing to the CyanogenMod channel, which will probably host more content in the coming months, make sure you also check out Android Authority’s channel, which will bring you fresh content every day.
Since it’s coming out in a few days, are you buying the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod edition?


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Cyanogen will partner with OnePlus on its debut phone, the 'OnePlus One'



Ex-Oppo exec Pete Lau has just announced that his new company OnePlus will partner with Cyanogen on its first smartphone, which will be called the "OnePlus One." He and Cyanogen's Steve Kondik announced that the upcoming handset would run on a custom version of CyanogenMod's Android OS with "special features and tweaks." OnePlus already said that its mission is to build the perfect smartphone, and plans to launch it during the first half of this year -- with Oppo reportedly on tap to build it, no less. That means OnePlus may have a chance of meeting its ambitious goals, since Oppo has some experience with CyanogenMod, and apparently some pull with Google.
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AOKP founder Roman Birg doesn’t want to Kang anymore, joins Cyanogen Inc








The founder of the second most popular Android ROM and possibly the man with most amount of swagger from the Android community, Roman Birg, has joined Cyanogen Inc.
Roman started the Android Open Kang Project ROM back in November 2011, following the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Since then, his ROM has gained quite the following throughout the Android modding community, ranking in at number two after CyanogenMod, Android’s most popular custom ROM.
We’ve confirmed with both Roman and CyanogenMod and wish Roman the best of luck on his new career path. Roman might have left the land of pink unicorns behind for a new day job, but that doesn’t mean AOKP is dead. AOKP is a living, breathing machine. Roman has assured us that he will still be contributing to AOKP while he hangs with Cid and gang.
Not only is this a shocker that will most likely rock the Android world, this is truly exciting. Only good things can come from this. What are you thoughts? Let us know in the comments.



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Cyanogen Inc continues to build their Dream Team, snatches up ChaOS ROM founder Clark Scheff







Last night we reported that AOKP founder Roman Birg would be joining CyanogenMod Inc. Today, we have confirmation that Clark Scheff, the founder of Chameleon ROM aka ChaOS, will also be joining the CyanogenMod team as a software engineer in Seattle.
For those not aware, ChaOS ROM is an Open Source MIUI-esque alternative. ChaOS is based on CyanogenMOD and focuses on users having the ability to customize each piece of their Android device. The most notable feature of ChaOS is their theme engine. The entire framework on ChaOS has been modified around their theme engine, which allows users to mix and match themes until the user gets it just right.

Fans of ChaOS ROM should be happy to know that Clark still plans to contribute to Chameleon OS as time permits and as long as there are no conflicts of interest while being employed at Cyanogen Inc.
It seems that CyanogenMod is building a Dream Team of ROM developers from the Android development community. Clark’s knowledge and skills surrounding custom user interfaces and themes on Android should fit in nicely with CyanogenMod’s upcoming custom user interface plans.
Congrats Clark!
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Cyanogen Inc. hires François Simond (Supercurio) for audio and screen optimizations



You may have heard of François Simond, though you might know him better as Supercurio in the forums. Supercurio, whose most popular products include Voodoo Sound and OTA RootKeeper in the Play Store, was recently hired by Cyanogen Inc. to perform audio and screen calibrations for upcoming CyanogenMod builds. He will also do the honors with the upcoming OnePlus One phone, meaning it will surely have excellent audio and display software out of the box.
In an interview with legendary Android Police writer Michael Crider, Supercurio answered questions ranging from how he got involved with Android in the first place to what he hopes to accomplish with Cyanogen Inc. He also explained some of the issues that affect displays and audio on Android devices – if you read the full article here, you won’t regret it.
The work he does in audio and display color calibration will no doubt make a positive impact on the upcoming OnePlus One phone, meaning it will surely have optimized color quality and finely-tuned audio out of the box. He said the following in the comments section of Android Police’s article, when another commenter asked if he had worked on the OnePlus One:
Not yet but I look forward to.
I followed closely OnePlus announcements before being hired me.
The sensible choice of specs, price point and components picked finished convincing me.
I’ve been using Supercurio’s products since the days of the Samsung Captivate and Fascinate phones (interestingly, the international counterpart Galaxy S i9000 is the first Android phone he developed for). From my personal experience, I can vouch for the quality of his apps, and I’m sure you’ll find that his work will serve CyanogenMod and Android as a whole quite well.
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CyanogenMod 11S from the OnePlus one is shown off in new screenshots




We saw a few leaked images today of the supposed OnePlus One. The leaks showed off a press render of the device, a series of different back plates including multiple styles of wood, a denim fabric, and a carbon fiber one. The images show a different UI then shown in these official screenshots that Carl Pei posted on the OnePlus forums, he and has put these rumors to rest of a very different UI then CyanogenMod.
”There has been a lot of speculation and excitement about the operating system of the OnePlus One. As you know, we’ve been working with the Cyanogen team on this product for quite some time, starting from when OnePlus was just an idea. Both teams have been deeply involved in both the software and the hardware parts of the experience, and it’s been an amazing ride so far.
Although we’re still running pre-production versions of CyanogenMod 11S, I’d still like to share with you some of the things that the Cyanogen team has been working on.
The new stuff is pretty cool, so here’s a taste of what’s to come.” -Carl Pei
He has put out some screenshots of the upcoming UI for the OnePlus One. These screenshots proved an earlier leaked image was real, we saw an early look of the Lock Screen. The lock screen resembles windows phone, but the launcher of the device looks almost stock android. Except for notification icons, they are slightly customized. In one of the screenshots it shows the theme options, which you can change anytime. The UI looks like a refined version of CyanogenMod with an overall minimal, and flat design. I think its a good thing that they have not gone to far from stock android, but the things they have changed, look better than stock, in my opinion. overall the phone is still looking very compelling , and I can’t wait for the device to come out so I can get a closer look at the device, and hopefully get my hands on one.
What do you guys think of the UI of the OnePlus One’s up and coming smartphone? Will you be interested in getting the OnePlus One? Like always you can leave your thoughts in the comment below, and on Twitter, Google +, and on Facebook.

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CyanogenMod 11S on the OnePlus One showcased on revamped Cyanogen Inc. site



As you may know, the Cyanogen Inc. version of the OnePlus One launch event was held today in San Francisco, and along with the launch the cyngyn.com website was updated to showcase the OnePlus One and the features CyanogenMod 11S brings to the device. Foremost among the features shown off are the new camera, the new Theme Engine, the new Gallery app and enhanced privacy. It appears all of the aforementioned features are “coming soon” to community CyanogenMod 11 builds as well.

As you might recall, the OnePlus One rear camera is a 13MP shooter with and a Sony Exmor RS sensor with six lenses and an f/2.0 aperture. You also might have noticed the sample images purportedly taken by the camera in comparison to those taken by the Oppo Find 5 and the Nikon D3100 DSLR. Now you can see a few screenshots of the new camera app that show off including live filters, easy switch between camera modes and one-touch settings. The app has a minimal UI reminiscent of Google Camera, but with added capabilities (oh, and it doesn’t have a huge shutter button taking up a quarter of the screen).

Switch quickly between camera, camcorder and panorama mode
Easy access to basic and advanced features with minimal clutter in the UI
Live filters let you add effects at the time of taking your photo, because we need more filters in the Instagram era, right?

So you’ve taken a set of pictures? You’ll no doubt enjoy organizing them using CyanogenMod’s new…

You might remember earlier this year when CyanogenMod released the GalleryNext app to testers, and if you joined their Google+ community and became a tester, you might have been impressed with the app’s potential. It appears the gallery app from CyanogenMod 11S (and “coming soon” to the Play Store and a CM11 near you) has gone through some refinements since then. In addition to gathering your photos from local storage, Google+ (Picasa), Dropbox, Flickr, Facebook and Instagram under one roof, it automatically organizes your photos by date and location. This is especially useful for special events (or “moments”) you experience, such as road trips, weddings, etc.

Gather all of your cloud and locally-stored photos under one roof.
The “Moments” feature automatically organizes your photos by location and date.

Perhaps the most compelling feature “coming soon” to CyanogenMod is the new…

The new Theme Store sits atop the new Theme Engine, for which the source code (sans the theme store UI) for some time now. I can’t emphasize enough how this will change the way we think about themes, not only for CyanogenMod but for many other popular ROMs as well. The potential of the new Theme Engine as a whole is discussed in more detail in some of our previous articles here (recent Q&A), here (OnePlus One screenshots), here (source code release) and here (our initial coverage). For today I’ll limit the focus to the Theme Store, through which you can discover and purchase themes and combine/apply elements from them MIUI-style (including built-in icon packs).
One would expect to see new themes available when the Theme Store gets released in final form to the public, as it will allow themers to design your UI on an unprecedented level. You’ll see launcher icons, system icons (think status bar, settings panel, etc.), boot animations, lockscreens, fonts, ringtones and traditional Theme Chooser UI designs (called “Overlays” in the new Theme Store).

Here are just three examples of themes applied through the new Theme Store (obviously the default Holo theme sits on the right).
Say “hello” to new launcher icon sets available in the new Theme Store.
Here you can see system icons and fonts that can be purchased individually. Also, now we know how Cyanogen Inc. plans to turn a MNML profit (just kidding).

Eye candy and new apps are always welcome features of any ROM, but in this era of NSA snooping and ‘heart-bleeding’ security breaches, the OnePlus One feature many of you probably look forward to the most is enhanced…

Privacy enhancements have long been a part of CyanogenMod, of course, but this time they will come included in your phone out of the box, much like the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod edition. Privacy Guard allows you to restrict which apps have access to your sensitive data and your phone’s capabilities, while the Blacklist airs on Monday nights on NBC allows you to block incoming calls/messages from phone numbers of your choosing and WhisperPush encrypts your SMS communications.

Source: Cyanogen Inc.
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Cyanogen Brings On New Executives to “Build a Global Phenomenon”


Cyanogen Inc. announced three new executive hires today, filling new roles for VP of Product, VP of Engineering, and VP of Global Partnerships and Distribution.
Cyanogen’s new VP of Product is Dave Herman, who previously held roles at Amazon, Hulu, as well as Microsoft. According to the press release, he helped to pioneer many “loved” products. Tyler Carper was appointed to VP of Engineering, with his past work experience being Director of Engineering for HTC, where he led the team that “built many software innovations.”
Finally, Vik Natarajan from MediaTek, will take over as VP of Global Partnerships and Distribution. He has vast experience working with SOCs, as well as managing global ecosystem partnerships.
Each new hire has big experience in the industry, and should be able to help Cyanogen towards their goal of global domination.
New Hires

  • VP of Product is Dave Herman, a talented consumer services veteran who previously held leadership roles at Hulu, Amazon and Microsoft where he pioneered a number of loved products.
  • VP of Engineering Tyler Carper, most recently Director of Engineering at HTC responsible for the team that built many of their software innovations. He also ran a tour of duty at MSFT focused on Xbox.
  • VP Global Partnerships & Distribution, Vik Natarajan who joins us from MediaTek where he was VP Corporate Marketing, managing ecosystem partnerships globally for one of the worlds leading makers of SOCs. Prior to that he spent a number of years at Broadcom.
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Report: Cyanogen Inc looking for $1 billion valuation after receiving acquisition offer from Google







Despite gaining $22 million in series B funding last year, Cyanogen Inc’s has yet to generate any sizable revenue. Sure they’re partnered up with Oppo and the folks at OnePlus to launch a few devices with their custom Android OS pre-installed, but other than that what have the one time Android modders been up to? Well, we know they were said to be in talks with some of the biggest firms in tech, companies like Microsoft and Yahoo looking to take the startup under their wing.
Now, as we approach the eve of their series C funding, it appears Cyanogen Inc could be seeking a breathtaking valuation, hitting upwards of a $1 billion. We know what you’re thinking: just how the heck did they arrive at that number? According to The Information, potential investors recently learned from Cyanogen’s chief executive that the Seattle-based software company recently met up with Sundar Pichai — the man in charge of Google’s Android division – for acquisition talks, but walked away.
Even with talks of a Google buyout, that number is almost dumbfounding. That’s not to diminish the talented team at Cyanogen or the amazing work they’ve produced throughout the years. Some would argue Android wouldn’t be where it’s at with all the features Cyanogen and their team added to the OS over the years (only to be later replicated in official Android builds).
Once again, we should warn you. Reports out The Information can sometimes be hit or miss, so take it with a grain of salt. This is still very much a rumor. As an Android fan who has followed CyanogenMod since its humble beginnings, I’d have to say it’s inspiring to see men (and women) who once worked from their basements gaining the level of success they have in such a short amount of time.
To help you visualize a billion dollars, here’s what it would look like if stacked onto wood pallets.
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Is Cyanogen Working On Their Own Custom Recovery To Replace ClockworkMod?





CyanogenMod is a custom ROM which has increasingly grown in its popularity over recent times. What started as a rather alternative version to stock android has fastly become the go-to android for those that want more customisation and tweaking beyond what comes out of the box with stock android. CyanogenMod (CM) has become so successful that it actually has started to become a ‘stock’ version itself pre-loaded on some devices like the OPPO N1 and the OnePlus One. This list also looks to be growing in the future with the Indian OEM recently announcing their new Canvas 5 smartphone will come loaded with CM. Furthermore, recent rumors suggest all the big players like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft were all interested in buying Cyanogen (the company behind CM).
One of the reasons a lot of people use CM is that they are rooted. For instance, before it came stock on the small number of devices and before CM introduced their own CM Installer the only way to install CM was to be rooted. However, being rooted requires an additional piece of software known as a ‘custom recovery’ to be able to install custom ROMs. A custom recovery allows for a much better level and control of rooted devices including better backups (nandroids) as well as a far easier ability to flash ROMs, products and features. That said ClockworkMod (CWM) quickly became established itself as the go-to recovery for those wanting to install CM. In fact on the now stock versions of CM (like on the OnePlus One) CWM comes as the standard recovery option. Although that very well might be changing in the future.
An interesting image have emerged today (shown below) suggesting Cyanogen might actually be working on their own custom recovery service, dubbed ‘Cyanogen Recovery’. Now the image itself does not provide any details beyond the speculation that Cyanogen might be in the process of developing the new recovery. But the question remains what will this mean for CWM? It is highly unlikely that Cyanogen or CM would ever drop support for CWM or in fact TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP), which is another popular custom recovery. As such users will most likely always be able to install the recovery they prefer. However, the leaked image at least does suggest the next time you purchase a device pre-installed with CM it might not come with the traditional CWM installed. How do you feel about Cyanogen working on their own advanced recovery? Would you prefer to use a Cyanogen recovery over CWM or TWRP? Let us know what you think
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Nextbit And Cyanogen Announce ‘Baton’, A Revolutionary Sync Feature Exclusive To CyanogenMod





CyanogenMod has been one of the most popular Custom ROM options for quite some time, since near the beginning days of the Android operating system. If you have ever been curious as to what benefits you might get from rooting your device and flashing a custom ROM, there are numerous reasons why, not the least of which is the vast amount of customization options. There are lots of benefits besides a more open custom experience to your personal device though, and the recent announced partnership between Cyanogen Inc. and Nextbit has just given users one more reason why they might want to consider looking into whether or not using a custom ROM is for them.
Today Cyanogen Inc. and Nextbit announced what they have been working on, a service called Nextbit Baton. At its most basic, Nextbit Baton is a sync feature that allows a richer sync experience across devices than ever before. This isn’t just syncing service though that lets you sync your accounts across devices like with Gmail and your “my apps” list, browser history etc. Nextbit Baton will allow the user to “Pass” open apps across devices, meaning that you could be using an app on your smartphone at work, and then pick up from where you left off on your tablet with the app open and in the same exact state as you were on your smartphone. No more opening apps on separate devices and maneuvering to the same spot. The pass feature takes care of it for you.
In addition to pass, there’s also a Backup and Restore option which will store any app and data information to the cloud using a Nextbit profile. This isn’t too unlike Helium from ClockworkMod or Titainum Backup. Lastly, and perhaps expected is also a sync feature which allows users to keep the apps and data they use on multiple devices in sync across them for an easier, more convenient user experience. For now, Nextbit Baton is exclusively available to CyanogenMod, so if you’re shopping around for a custom ROM, CyanogeMod might be the flavor to pick if you like what you hear about the Nextbit service.
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Cyanogen Confirms Distinction Between Commercial Cyanogen OS & CyanogenMod





By now, it is taken for granted that you have heard of CyanogenMod. In very short terms, CyanogenMod is an alternative operating system to android. That does not mean it is an alternative to android but more so it is an alternative to ‘stock’ android. CyanogenMod is a custom ROM, which allows users the base functionality of android with the various tweaks and modifications android users have come to love.
Since its birth, CyanogenMod has grown at a steady and notable rate. As the years and incarnations have continued, Cyanogen (the company behind the ROM) have built up a steady user base with the number of downloads running into the tens of millions. This is partly due to Cyanogen’s ethos of being a user-focused operating system. As an open-source entity, Cyanogen have directly encouraged a wealth of ported and unofficial builds of their stock CyanogenMod created by their extensive community of users and developers. In 2012, Cyanogen became Cyanogen Inc and a fully fledged listed company. More recently, there seems to have been a change in the wind with CyanogenMod becoming available commercially. This is partly due to the demand for Cyanogen’s take on android becoming increasingly popular. As a result, a number of the lesser known OEM’s have started turning towards and looking to employ CyanogenMod as their out-of-the-box version of Android. The currently most well-known example of this is the OnePus One form OnePlus. Since then, it has been reported, CyanogenMod have turned down offers from the likes of Microsoft, Yahoo and Google who were all interested in purchasing the company.
There has been a lot of debate recently within the CyanogenMod community, as to what the future holds for the custom operating system. Well, to help explain what is happening, we have heard from Cyanogen with some clarification. Going forward, Cyanogen are making a clear distinction between the open-source CyanogenMod and the more commercially available variant which comes pre-loaded on devices like the OnePlus One. From Cyanogen’s perspective, these are two separate products and as such intend to make their distinction more clearer. As a result and for future referencing, these two entities will be known as ‘CyanogenMod’ and ‘Cyanogen OS’ respectively. According to Cyanogen, “CyanogenMod is the awesome open-source, community-driven Android OS backed by Cyanogen Inc. It continues to be a vital, vibrant community and one that we are passionately behind”. While in terms of the newly dubbed Cyanogen OS “Cyanogen OS is the commercially-distributed operating system that comes with certain proprietary features, services, and enhancements. Cyanogen OS is distributed pre-installed with handset partners”.
What does this mean for the future? Well, not much in terms of a difference in the level of product you currently receive or should expect to receive in the future. Users of the OnePlus One will know they use a version of CyanogenMod known as CM11S. This is a variant of the non-commercial and open-source CM11. Although, the users are able to make the distinction, the new differentiation between CM and Cyanogen OS will prove more beneficial in the future and help users to identify which system they are using. CM will continue to be a highly user-influenced and contributed operating system. While Cyanogen OS will be the operating system you get when you buy a commercial device pre-loaded with Cyanogen’s operating system. More importantly, some users have voiced concerns recently that CyanogenMod was changing due to their now association with device manufacturers. Further worrying that Cyanogen had stepped away from their open source nature. As such, the clear distinction should at least help to alleviate those concerns. Cyanogen is clearly stating that they are not replacing their open source CyanogenMod with the newer commercial version but instead will continue to support CyanogenMod as open source and alongside their commercial Cyanogen OS. This will be good news for the community who love the ability to be part of an operating system, without having to worry about the commercializing of Cyanogen.
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Cyanogen, Micromax Announce Partnership And A New Device




Cyanogen, the business behind custom Android firmware, Cyanogenmod, has formally announced a deal with India’s second largest smartphone manufacturer, Micromax. We’ve already reported this deal as a rumor and it’s great to see Cyanogen branching out. In simple terms, the deal is for Micromax to build the hardware and Cyanogen to build the operating system and they’re aiming for mid-range devices, where Cyanogen believes it can add value. Cyanogen Chief Executive, Kirt McMaster, had this to say on the deal, “We can really make an inexpensive device seem like a much more premium-level device. We’re masters at that. The OEM may have last stopped supporting a device with Gingerbread, and we have Kit Kat running on those same devices.” And it’s certainly true: my first experimentation with custom firmware was to install Cyanogenmod onto a Samsung Galaxy S several months before Samsung decided to bring Android Gingerbread to the device without the junk value-added applications that Samsung decided I needed to have in my life.
A little over a year ago, Cyanogen was commercialized. At the time – and still to this day – the community are divided about this decision to make Cyanogen a business, but I need to write that with this deal, Cyanogen are able to get their operating system even more out there in the field. OnePlus probably wouldn’t be where they are today without Cyanogen software. Micromax must be wanting a slice of this action, but backed up by their ability to manufacture plenty of devices. Cyanogen’s war chest of around $30 million is helping their business and commercial ambitions but let’s not discredit the work of Cyanogen fans: it was a 17-year old who first put Cyanogenmod software onto an Android One device. To coincide with the announcement, Micromax is to launch a new brand of handsets called YU that will run Cyanogen OS. As such, the YU devices will be competitors for Android One, which we’ve already read is struggling. We don’t have any information about the new YU devices other than it’ll cost less than the OnePlus One and it’ll be announced next month.
The deal will make very little direct impact, if any, outside of the developing smartphone markets. It will, however, provide both Cyanogen and Micromax experience of working with a slightly different class of device. Cyanogen’s “Android plus” reputation should stand it in good stead. Cyanogen’s reputation for not including any bloat may be tested by their new business partner if they attempt to bundle in additional services and applications, but it appears that Cyanogen’s decision to go commercial is going to be successful.
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Microsoft to invest in Cyanogen, which hopes to take Android from Google

Microsoft will reportedly be a minority investor in the Android ROM builder.



According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will be investing in Cyanogen, Inc., the Android ROM builder. The report says that Microsoft would be a "minority investor" in a $70 million round of financing that values Cyanogen in the "high hundreds of millions."
Cyanogen takes the Android source code and modifies it, adding more features and porting it to other devices. It has also started supplying Android builds directly to OEMs (like the OnePlus One), which ship the software on devices instead of stock Android. Last week during a talk in San Francisco, Cyanogen's CEO said the company's goal was to "take Android away from Google." It wants to replace the Google Play ecosystem with apps of its own, the same way that Amazon uses the Android Open Source Project for its Kindle Fire products but adds its own app and content stores.
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Google pushes a lot of requirements on Android OEMs. If they want the Google Play Store, it also forces them to take all other Google products and services. There is also an "anti-fragmentation clause," which forbids OEMs from selling Android devices without Google Play. Cyanogen's Android distributions wouldn't have any such limitations, but then neither would a self-made AOSP build. A Microsoft investment in the company would be the latest in Redmond's ironic ties to Android. Microsoft is thought to make more from Android patent licensing fees than it does from Windows Phone, and through its purchase of Nokia, the company even briefly sold Android-based handsets. Now, according to the Journal, Microsoft will become an investor in a company that sells an Android distribution.
Cyanogen says 50 million people are using its modified version of Android, which would put it at five percent of the one billion active users that Google touts. Nearly all of those Cyanogen users are still using Google Play, though. The real challenge for the company will be convincing its hardcore Android user base to dump Google Play and use the Cyanogen app store.
Correction: This post originally said Microsoft would be investing $70 million in Cyanogen, but the company will be taking part in a $70 million investment round. It's unknown how much Microsoft is investing.
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Cyanogen gets a new look, a new tone and a new business partner in Qualcomm





It’s no secret Cyanogen could use a change of pace and scenery after the company’s public falling out with OnePlus One and the controversy that spawned of the Micromax deal in India. Cyanogen wants to turn the page from not only that, but from their core roots of security, customization and their open-source ideals.
The company wants to grow and evolve in a way that’s more inviting for, well, everyone. Their new logo, look and website — shots of which you can see above and below — supposedly embodies their new values, but to us it’s just a fresh (and pretty) coat of paint.

What we really care about is their new found commitment to users, openness (not just in the open-source way) and a “democratic” approach to building an operating system, community and ecosystem. It’s a natural step forward for a company which publicly wants to “take Android away from Google.”
That’s not to say they want Google to simply hand over the rights to the operating system — that’s an insane notion — but they want to create a platform for manufacturers, developers and users to use Android on their products without having to worry about the hijinks that often come along with it.
We’re referring to Google Play Services and the need to adhere by Google’s strict licensing terms in order to get the “best” Android experience. It’s their belief (and ours, too) that the “best” Android experience shouldn’t have to be limited to those with enough resources and clout to gain access to Google’s apps and services. It’s that approach to building CyanogenMod that could help the company mature and reach new heights that we have yet to see from someone with their grassroots background.

With all of this comes a new partnership with Qualcomm that will have the company’s ROM installed on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon reference design devices going forward. The partnership only covers reference designs from the Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 600 series to start, and there’s nothing that says the deal can’t expand to the top-line 800 series down the line.
In case you’re not aware, a reference device is a development device for manufacturers and developers to use for application and platform testing. They’re often tricked out with industry standard specs, but the cost of entry is typically higher than a similar device at retail and they don’t have the looks to be a viable everyday smartphone for most users.
They also don’t ship with a very exciting operating system, that being a barebones version of AOSP. This partnership will change that and give developers a platform just as exciting to use as the device they’re using it on.
We’re sure it’s Cyanogen’s hope that the partnership will inspire device manufacturers and developers to embrace CyanogenMod as not just a viable development environment, but also as a platform that they can potentially build their products with. Best of luck to them in achieving that goal.
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Cyanogen’s CEO believes top smartphone brands are about to be destroyed by the competition





Cyanogen’s top figurehead — Kirt McMaster — has been known to dish out bold and provocative statements before, so when we heard his latest one we didn’t bat an eye. Speaking with Business Insider, McMaster suggested “tier-one” manufacturers like Samsung and HTC were about to get destroyed by the up and coming little guys.
The tier one OEMs like Samsung are going to be the next generation Nokias in the next five years. They’re going to be slaughtered. We think long term Apple itself will have problems because they’re just not good at competing at the low end.
If you’re in need of some context, he’s referring to the ability for small, grassroots-like manufacturers in developing markets to create value-effective smartphones that actually do well to capture the interests of local consumers. His belief is that we’re set for another “disruption” in the mobile market.
The first few disruptions were in areas of application market places, form factors and the ultimate transition from dumbphones to smartphones. The next major step is to be able to put all of that into the hands of everyone who cares to partake.
We’ve already seen movement on that front with the likes of Motorola introducing the Moto G and Moto E lineup, as well as Android One devices bringing the latest and best experience Android has to offer for very affordable price points. We’ll even soon be able to build our own smartphones out of LEGO-like pieces and pay exactly how much we want for the exact features we want.

Cyanogen’s role in all this is their keen ability to get the most out of whatever chipset they’re targeting and optimize performance for even the weakest chipsets. They say there’ll come a time where a sub-$100 smartphone can perform just as well as a top-end device like an iPhone.
With a close partnership with one of the world’s premier chipset makers — Qualcomm — they’re even more poised to make sure of that than they already were. We’re not totally sold on the notion that companies who put all their muscle into these affordable smartphones will make Samsung, HTC and LG as irrelevant as Nokia was unfortunate enough to become, but there’s no doubt they’ll do enough to change the landscape in a very significant way.
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Boxer will be the driving force behind Cyanogen OS’s email










For far too long has Cyanogen been content with AOSP’s email experience. They want to give their users better, so they’ve teamed up with Boxer to bring an email experience that might actually make you want to use email.
The partnership will make Boxer’s email app the default for the forthcoming Cyanogen Os 12 update, and it will be pre-installed as the email client on devices that ship with Cyanogen OS going forward.
This new partnership between Boxer and Cyanogen brings more than just pre-installation clauses. Boxer’s user interface is getting upgraded to match the look and feel that will be present throughout Cyanogen OS 12, and there are a few unique features that Cyanogen users will have access to that aren’t currently available in the existing Boxer app:
  • Customization: Cyanogen users can now set their own left and right swipe actions, notification sounds, account colors for LED email notifications, and create custom inbox folders.
  • Integrated Task Management: Users can create a task, set a due date, priority level, and even set an assignee right from their inbox.
  • Integrations: Cyanogen users will be able to access popular productivity apps, including Evernote, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and others, right inside their email inbox.
Looks good, sounds good to us. No word on if any of these changes will ever find their way into the Google Play version of Boxer yet, but we’ll be looking to find out. In the meantime take a look at the sneak peak they gave us in the image above and patiently await the Cyanogen OS update we’re all greatly anticipating.
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