Cyanogen pairs with Oppo, eyes third place in the smartphone OS race

Cyanogen pairs with Oppo, eyes third place in the smartphone OS raceThere 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”.

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matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 23, 2013 at 13:50

How the hell can CM be calling themselves an OS? It's just a modified version of Android, the same as HTC's Sense and Samsung's TouchWiz are. iOS, Windows Phone and Android are operating systems, TouchWiz, Sense and CyanogenMod are not.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 23, 2013 at 15:17

Matt beat me to it...
Unless, of course, Google decide that what CM does is too un-Android? Like that chinese platform Acer was going to adopt a while back - can't think of the name.

PS: next months Ubuntu Touch is launched for Nexus devices! Anyone wanna buy me an N4?!?

puhlease?

Stelph  Sep. 23, 2013 at 15:52

How the hell can CM be calling themselves an OS? It's just a modified version of Android, the same as HTC's Sense and Samsung's TouchWiz are. iOS, Windows Phone and Android are operating systems, TouchWiz, Sense and CyanogenMod are not.

Although I agree that this is not seperate to Android, I would like to see CyanogenMod eliminate all the "non vanilla" android variants TBH.

The people behind Cyanogenmod do seem to have their heads on properly with regards to giving people a system that does everything they want, with excellent community support, whilst not making it a convoluted mess that slows to a crawl whenever you try and do something. Also their attempts at making it as compatable as possible with lots of devices (not just for installing but also for communication, look at the recent airplay addition for example) is so much better than the current "MINE, MY OS!!!!!!" attitiude that manufacturers seem to have

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 23, 2013 at 16:16

It is impressive to see how smoothly CM10 runs on my oooooold HTC HD2! So more power to them.

ShidheshSL  Sep. 23, 2013 at 16:50

How the hell can CM be calling themselves an OS? It's just a modified version of Android, the same as HTC's Sense and Samsung's TouchWiz are. iOS, Windows Phone and Android are operating systems, TouchWiz, Sense and CyanogenMod are not.

You're technically right w.r.t the fact that CyanogenMod isnt an OS,but it DEFINITELY isnt a overlapping UI like TouchWIZ or SenseUI .It is, however, a Fork, something similar to what Amazon's Bastardised Android Fork is, thereby (legally though not in terms of compatibilty) breaking the CTS which bars them from including Google Apps in their ROM's. Think of CyanogenMod as Stock Android+ .

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 24, 2013 at 12:50

How the hell can CM be calling themselves an OS? It's just a modified version of Android, the same as HTC's Sense and Samsung's TouchWiz are. iOS, Windows Phone and Android are operating systems, TouchWiz, Sense and CyanogenMod are not.

You're technically right w.r.t the fact that CyanogenMod isnt an OS,but it DEFINITELY isnt a overlapping UI like TouchWIZ or SenseUI .It is, however, a Fork, something similar to what Amazon's Bastardised Android Fork is, thereby (legally though not in terms of compatibilty) breaking the CTS which bars them from including Google Apps in their ROM's. Think of CyanogenMod as Stock Android+ .

Yeah, I couldn't bring another fork of Android to mind when I was writing my comment, so I made do with manufacturer UIs as my example :p. It's nice to see the Mobot community is more switched on than I am though haha.

Without the GApps, Android is kinda useless, IMO. I know you can install them separately on custom ROM versions of CM, but that's hardly a decent solution for a phone which ships with CM as its native firmware. Any ideas how they're intending to solve this rather major issue, anyone?

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