There were rumours last week that Cyanogen had paired with a known smartphone hardware manufacturer, and we’re a step closer to seeing the result.
An Oppo N1 teaser video over on YouTube features none other than Cyanogen’s Steve Kondik.
There’s not a great deal we can garner from the video, though it’s posted by OppoOfficial, and has Steve promising “exciting news ahead”.
Oh, and just below, in the description, is written: “OPPO + CyanogenMod = ?” The answer to that almost certainly being an Oppo smartphone with Cyanogen-flavoured goodness out of the box.
Oppo's greatest claim to fame thus far has been introducing the world's first 1080p smartphone, namely the Oppo find 5.
The Oppo N1 launch, incidentally, is scheduled to go down in China on September 23. Actually, that’s today! Interdasting.
Cyanogen, a replacement Android firmware, has a confirmed eight million users, though the actual figure could be two or even three times that.
"There’s always been a lot of talk around who’s going to be the third dominant mobile computing platform," says Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster. "Windows Phone would probably be number three now. If you look at what our actual user base is, we might be equal to or greater than that."
Cyanogen has evolved from a one-person side project to proper grown-up company (Cyanogen Inc) with 17 employees, and the news of the Oppo N1 follows confirmation of a Google Play Cyanogen installer that aims to address the “hideous installation process”.