OnePlus One gets minor Cyanogen OS update

OnePlus One got an update today and there’s a new Cyanogen OS version out there for it. Considering the breakdown between OnePlus and Cyanogen, this is sort of a surprising move. We are not talking about a huge update, but about a few helpful bug fixes and minor updates. If the OTA hasn’t reached your phone yet, there are manual downloads available you can try.     The OTA ZIP file is 18MB in size, but in order to make it work you will need a stock version of the OS on your phone. In case you want the full ROM experience, the file is 600MB in size and it includes fastboot ZIPs. According to official forums, this Cyanogen OS forums, his update brings about some bug fixes and security updates, possible something like Stagefright. The usual OTA could prove to be failing, but the manual installs are reported as working.   OnePlus One is the only smartphone from the company still running on Cyanogen OS, but the company is working on moving it to its proprietary Oxygen OS as soon as possible. Considering that most OnePlus One users are still using the Cyanogen OS 12 version, this update will bring joy to many. Happy flashing!   Source: OnePlus Forums

Cyanogen Inc seals the deal with Playphone in including the app and game distributor in Cyanogen OS

Cyanogen Inc is on a roll when it comes to partners these days as it has just allied itself with Playphone in an attempt to bring the latter’s social game store to Cyanogen OS. It is unclear at this moment whether the store will be bundled with the OS phones. But this will happen soon.     The Playphone game store can be installed on most devices if you go to the official website to do so, you won’t be able to go to Google Play to get it. You get lots of free-to-play games, but you also get a paid-app section where you can find games and apps like Final Fantasy III, Tetris and NBA Jam. The store has been targeting smaller markets, which makes us think it will not push to be presented in Cyanogen OS phones selling on the US market for example. Source: Businesswire

New “Powered by Cyanogen” Andromax Q smartphone coming soon to Indonesia

Cyanogen OS got its name known rather infamously after the breakup with OnePlus, but it has been making many many friends ever since. The newest such friend is Indonesian company Smartfren, which partnered with the company for its first smartphone powered by Cyanogen. The new carrier phone that will launch on the Indonesian market with the company’s custom build of Android is named Andromax Q. It may sound like a robot name, but it is how it is.     This device will be a budget phone with low specs and it will cost around $100-150 off-contract and around $100 on contract. The device will run on Android 5.0 Cyanogen OS, but that’s about as exciting as this could ever be. What you get out of it is a 4.5” 854x480p screen, 1 GB of RAM with a Snapdragon 410 processor and 8 GB of storage, all topped with a 5 MP camera and some LTE bands. The Chinese company Haier is responsible for manufacturing this smartphone. The official Smartfren site does not list a possible launch date; therefore it may be possible that the producer will be selling only in retail. More of these low-cost smartphones for a budget will make their appearance soon and they will most likely run on Cyanogen OS in order to cut software development costs. Source: Smartfren via Androidpolice

OnePlus does not update OxygenOS soon, but Cyanogen OS tests Android 5.1 build

OxygenOS will not get its Android 5.1 update until the OnePlus 2 is released, but the new Cyanogen OS will be coming much sooner. After the rather violent and unexpected breakup between OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc., the former managed to release its own Oxygen OS ROM for those who already bought their devices, but their updates will be coming slow, new reports suggest.     The OnePlus 2 has not shown its face so far, but it has been officially mentioned a few times, which can only make its descent closer and closer with every passing day. This will be the first device to operate solely on OxygenOS. A new build of the ROM will come live soon and this should fix the touchscreen issue OnePlus One users have been having, but don’t expect a bump in the version number. On the other hand, Cyanogen is moving along with the tests of Cyanogen OS 12.1 – Android 5.1 version – and it is waiting for Google certifications. The OS should be available for download “Soon”. Note: do not confuse Cyanogen OS with CyanogenMod, the open source ROM we all love. Source: OnePlus

Micromax launches YUphoria – Cyanogen OS mid-range smartphone – and fitness trackers YUFit and HealthYU

A new mid-range Cyanogen OS phone will soon start selling in India, and it is named YUphoria. Why this name, you ask? Because the device shares the same line with YUreka, another device already on the Hindu market.       Micromax is Cyanogen Inc’s exclusive partner in India, and it is responsible for the YU line which will include the Yuphoria device starting next month. The device itself will sell exclusively through Amazon and it will be clad in white/gold and black/silver. Under the hood you find a Snapdragon 410 chip, 2 GB of RAM, an 8MP snapper with f/2.2 aperture and a 2230 mAh battery. They’re all tucked in under the 5” LCD screen at 720p. It is basically the same as a Moto G device spec-wise.     The smartphone will run on Cyanogen 12 at launch and it will present Truecaller dialer support. Its release date is set for May 28th when it starts selling at $109 or Rs 6,999.     This is not all from the YU line as Micromax also announced fitness tracking devices: HealthYU and YUFit. HealthYU has an advanced health sensor that you can carry in your pocket (?) and take out whenever you want to read your health data whereas YUFit is a smartband that will track activity via an OLED screen.   HealthYu also reads temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, oxygenation and respiration and it syncs the data to most apps and devices out there. The smartband sells for $16 or Rs 999 whereas […]