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Wileyfox releases three new Cyanogen OS powered smartphones

Wileyfox Spark

Wileyfox Spark

British manufacturer #Wileyfox has released three new #Cyanogen OS 13.0 powered smartphones, running atop Android 6.0 #Marshmallow. These devices will be updated by Cyanogen, basically promising users a refined Android experience for the months to come. However, Cyanogen has not yet mentioned if it will send the next major Android update for these handsets.


Wileyfox has revealed the Spark, Spark+ and the Spark X in this new lineup, all with 720p displays, so you shouldn’t expect an exciting hardware specs sheet with either of the phones. You can find the full specs sheet of the three devices below.

The Spark, Spark+ and the Spark X are priced at £89.99/€119.99, £114.99/€149.99 and £129.99/€169.99 respectively. The Spark will be available on July 12, while the Spark+ will follow a couple of weeks later and the Spark X will hit the shelves sometime in August. The handsets could be limited to the UK and neighboring countries (plus the UAE), with no word on a Stateside release yet.

Spark X

Wileyfox Spark:

  • 5-inch 720p display
  • Quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage (expandable)
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • 2,200 mAh battery

Wileyfox Spark+:

  • 5-inch 720p display
  • Quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage (expandable)
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • 2,200 mAh battery

Wileyfox Spark X:

  • 5.5-inch 720p display
  • Quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage (expandable)
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • 3,000 mAh battery

Source: Wileyfox

Via: GSM Arena

AT&T supposedly planning an Android rival with Cyanogen and ZTE

AT&T NumberSync

AT&T NumberSync

Turning away from #Android has been tried before. Look at #Samsung, which is trying its hand at #Tizen. However, a new report is talking about cellular carrier AT&T being interested in developing an operating system of its own, to rival Google’s Android. It is believed that software developers #Cyanogen and Chinese manufacturer #ZTE will help the carrier on this project.

Cyanogen’s anti-Android agenda isn’t exactly news to us. But it’s interesting to see that ZTE is joining the fray as well, which is known for a wide range of budget and mid-ranged Android devices that are selling through prepaid carriers in the U.S.

So should this concern anyone? Well, no. Because this won’t be an inexpensive affair and would probably take a year or two to come to fruition. Further, the fact that Android is the most versatile operating system out there (not necessarily open, though) will make things difficult for this purported AT&T OS. So why is the carrier hell bent on developing an operating system of its own? Well, our guess is that AT&T wants to have the liberty to install more bloatware apps that can be forced on users.

The report is still not confirmed, so take this particular revelation with a pinch of salt for the time being.

Do you think a move like this makes sense for AT&T? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: The Information

Via: 9to5Google

ZUK Z1 could be pricier by $20 starting next week: Report

ZUK Z1 - Action

ZUK Z1 - Action

The #ZUKZ1 will supposedly be pricier starting next week, if a new report is to be believed. The handset currently retails for $299.99, but it is being mentioned that it could be priced at $319.99 soon. We’re not sure if there’s a valid reasoning behind the price increase, but it would surely make the handset less attractive in the budget market segment, despite featuring a very capable hardware specs sheet.

The ZUK Z1 comes with a 5.5 inch 1080p display, a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage (expandable), a 13-megapixel camera on the back, an 8-megapixel front camera, Android 5.1 Lollipop with Cyanogen OS 12.1 and a 4,100 mAh battery pack. The company has already promised to send out the coveted Android 6.0 update to the smartphone, so customers will be well covered in terms of software.

We must mention that the price increase is yet to be confirmed by ZUK, so we’ll know for sure when it actually happens. For those unaware, ZUK is a company backed by Chinese manufacturer Lenovo.

Via: GizChina

Future versions of the Cyanogen OS could have deep integration of Microsoft Cortana



We’ve already seen how #CyanogenOS is trying to break free from the conventional #Android experience, and a new report indicates that this could go even further in the future.

According to the CEO of Cyanogen, Kirt McMaster, the company is currently in talks with Microsoft to bring #Cortana to the platform. Since Cortana is already available on Android as a Google Now replacement, this move could mean that Cortana might be the default virtual assistant on future Cyanogen OS devices.

It is said that the two companies will increase Cortana integration with Cyanogen OS, going even deeper than what we see with the standalone app right now. This is not welcoming news to our ears given how limited Cortana is compared to Google Now. But if allowed to further increase its feature set and integration, we think this partnership has the legs to threaten Google.

It’s too soon to come to a conclusion however, so we’ll reserve judgment for until we can actually see this Cortana running Cyanogen OS device in action. What do you make of this?

Source: IB Times

Via: Android Authority

[Updated] Cyanogen does a U-Turn on the OnePlus One Android 5.1 update

OnePlus One

OnePlus One

The #OnePlusOne receives updates directly from #Cyanogen. The company started sending out the Android 5.1.1 toting Cyanogen OS 12.1 update to the smartphone earlier today. However, it is now being reported that the update rollout is being halted with only about 2% of the devices getting the update. This means that there are still quite a few users out there who haven’t received it yet, which might not necessarily be a bad thing.

The update was probably stopped due to a glitch or a bug that was spotted a little too late. For those who have already installed the update, rest assured knowing that a fix is on its way. We’re not given a reason for this as of yet, but we hope to get some word from Cyanogen on the matter. With Cyanogen OS 12.2, users can expect to see changes similar to Cyanogen OS 12, but with a couple of nifty additions.

You’re not going to see a lot of change in terms of the user interface though, knowing that this is just an incremental update from Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Update: Cyanogen has brought back the update again and has posted links for users to manually download it on their OnePlus One. Grab the necessary download links below, but make sure you’re fully aware of the procedure to install a new ROM before going ahead with the process. If you’re in doubt, we recommend you wait for the OTA update.


Cyanogen OS 12.1 Full ROM

Cyanogen OS 12.1 incremental update (small update)

Fastboot Image

Source: Android Police

Via: GSM Arena

The Cyanogen OS packing Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+ cancelled

OneTouch Hero 2

OneTouch Hero 2

The large sized Hero 2+ smartphone was announced back during the MWC in Barcelona by Alcatel OneTouch and Cyanogen. It seems like the development of the device didn’t go according to plan as the company has now offered a statement, mentioning that the handset will not be sold. The company apparently ran into some issues with the “Android 5.1 upgrade path” as mentioned in the press release.

Alcatel OneTouch however mentions that the company is still eager to bring a smartphone with Cyanogen on board, so we don’t think the company has dropped plans altogether. Here’s what the company said in its statement –

ALCATEL ONETOUCH and Cyanogen, Inc. have made a mutual decision to forgo the release of the HERO 2+. At its announcement, the goal of bringing this device to market was to offer the most advanced hardware and software at an affordable price. The bar was set high and unfortunately the device does not have a clear Android 5.1 upgrade path. We therefore are committing to refocus our joint efforts on a next-generation product that can exceed the expectations of end users. Our teams remain dedicated to releasing an ALCATEL ONETOUCH device powered by Cyanogen OS, and are looking to share an update when we have more details to share.

Via: Android Authority

Foxconn investing in Cyanogen Inc

Cyanogen Logo

As Cyanogen closes its C Round of investments, the company has announced that it has received funding from Chinese contract manufacturer Foxconn. The company joins the likes of Twitter, Telefónica, Qualcomm and several others in funding Cyanogen Inc.

Cyanogen announced that their total funding has reached $110 million as of now, which can only mean good news for the future. Cyanogen is currently responsible for default ROMs on the OnePlus One and a couple of other devices that are available in select Asian markets.

By breaking away from its consumer and developer friendly base, Cyanogen decided to monetize its services and started opening funding for its newly formed company. For a developer team which primarily began working on replacement ROMs for Android phones and tablets, the company is slowly transitioning into being standalone OS developers.

They plan to go against Google and make users less reliant on its services. That being said, people are still heavily reliant on Google’s services, so it won’t be that easy for Cyanogen to drive people away from Google.

Via: Android Central

CyanogenOS 12S and Oxygen OS for the OnePlus One rolling out by the end of March

OnePlus One

OnePlus One

OnePlus has posted a lengthy explanation on its forum regarding the delay in rolling out the Android 5.0 update for the OnePlus One. The company only speaks about the Oxygen OS related delays as it doesn’t control the Cyanogen OS updates. Either way, the company believes that both versions should be ready for download before the end of this month.

The company mentioned that there were some camera compatibility issues with the Oxygen OS ROM, which meant that they had to rebuild it from scratch. There was also an OS signing issue apparently, but the company reassures customers that all those issues have been resolved now.

To be precise, Oxygen OS will be available for download to those interested starting 27th of March, while the CyanogenMod 12S update will begin arriving over-the-air on March 30 (probably sooner).

Here’s what the company had to say about the delays faced by Oxygen OS – “We never intended to keep you waiting. Unfortunately, we ran into some unexpected roadblocks. First, there was an unforeseen OS signing issue, which has recently been resolved. Our camera module had stability issues on Lollipop, and we had to rebuild it for compatibility. Several other crucial drivers, including our Wi-Fi drivers, also needed to be updated to work flawlessly with the upgrade. Admittedly, it took a little more time than we had planned, but we only release updates that we are proud of; that means refusing to take shortcuts or deliver sub-par experiences.”

Source: OnePlus Forums

Cyanogen CEO believes Samsung will be slaughtered by the competition within the next five years

Cyanogen Logo

Cyanogen OS is currently running on the vastly popular OnePlus One smartphone as well as a handful of other regional handsets sold predominantly in Asia. The CEO of the company has now claimed that one of the primary industry rivals, Samsung will be “slaughtered” by the likes of Xiaomi and Micromax who currently dominate the Chinese and Indian markets respectively.

Kirt McMaster said – “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.”

He also gives the example of BlackBerry (previously RIM) in telling us that the equation can change pretty quickly in the mobile industry. While it’s possible that McMaster is merely trying to get some media attention by making comments like these, there’s no denying that Samsung has some heavy competition in the market today.

Although they have launched smartphones like the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, which have won widespread acclaim, the CEO of Cyanogen believes that the company will need to do more than that.

Source: Business Insider

Via: Android Authority

Android 5.0 Lollipop Will Hit The OnePlus One In March

OnePlus One

OnePlus One

This morning, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei tweeted out that the OnePlus will get its CyanogenMod 12S update, bringing the phone up to Lollipop.

While some people have installed the nightly builds of CyanogenMod 12S on their devices, the reason that the OnePlus hasn’t been updated is due to “proprietary drivers, code, QA, [and] certifications.” Given the fact that OnePlus and Cyanogen haven’t been on the best of terms in their partnership, it’s very good news that this update is being released at all.

Source: Twitter

OnePlus One getting a new CM 11S 05Q update today

OnePlus One

OnePlus One

The OnePlus One smartphone will start receiving an OTA update to CyanogenMod 11S today according to a post issued by the company. The update known as CM 11S 05Q will introduce some new features while fixing a bunch of pertinent bugs. The Android version will remain unchanged at 4.4.4 though, with the Lollipop update expected to be shown off on February 12.

Amidst reports of the OnePlus-Cyanogen split, news of this update is welcoming. You can find the entire change log of the update below. So if you own a OnePlus One, the update should be hitting your device by now. If not, make sure you check the settings and pull the update manually.


  • Fixed dab with Linux 3.10Improved ADB SideloadImproved wipe confirmation screen layout
  • Improved progress bar


  • Fixed wrong emergency call propertyImproved audio policy flexibilityIncreased void volume
  • Improved light controls
  • Updated WCNSS configuration
  • Upgraded ADCB Files
  • Powered HAL improvements
  • Upgraded SQLite to version 3.8.6
  • Reduced volume increment/decrement step per click
  • Added support for Query SIM SMS capacity
  • Upgraded TP firmware to 14001220
  • Fixed headset insert/remove crash
  • Fixed ability to hang up a call from a wired audio headset

Set Up:

  • SetupWizard: Allow turning on mobile data if off by default


  • Fixed force close when sharing multiple files over Bluetooth


  • Displays download size as a decimal prefix
  • Enabled scrolling on the system update screen
  • Added Download clicked notification
  • Shows download size on UI
  • Updated IconsAdded progress bar


  • Added letterbox view for to show actual capture in preview
  • Added toast information to aid in first time use of Continuous shot


  • Additional supported video types


  • Blacklist, strip extension from number
  • Fixed screen rotation behavior during call


  • Call events can be handled on alarm
  • Fixed city and time zone entries

Source: OnePlus

Via: Android Police

OnePlus starts teasing Back to Basics announcement for Jan. 30

OnePlus Back To Basics

OnePlus Back To Basics

OnePlus has started teasing a new event for tomorrow, calling it “Back to Basics”. We will have to wait till tomorrow to find out what exactly this event has in store for us, but it seems like the company is going to announce some new metal back panels as previously rumored and also provide details on the Cyanogen fiasco to its fans.

We also hope to get a word on the company’s long awaited Android 5.0 ROM for the smartphone, which will officially mark the transition from the CyanogenMod based OS currently running on the smartphones.

The company has faced a lot of issues over the past couple of months. While it was already struggling to ship the One smartphone in required quantities, the company was faced with another hurdle after Cyanogen decided to tie up with an Indian manufacturer to offer exclusive software to their devices. This obviously angered OnePlus and the fans, with a court ordering to remove Cyanogen branding from all units of the One sold (in India).

But OnePlus seems to have gone a step further and decided to remove the Cyanogen branding from its global variants as well, after what was considered to be a deceitful move by Cyanogen. Here’s what the company had to say about this – “As OnePlus continues to grow and plant its flag worldwide, we’ve also decided to unify and conquer. As such, we have recently altered the back covers of all OnePlus Ones to feature a cleaner and more unified look across all regions. On the Silk White editions, we’ve added a small nub to the back cover—a design feature that helps prevent scratches and wear.”

Source: Google+

Via: 9to5Google

Microsoft Looking To Invest In Cyanogen

cyanogen logo

Cyanogen, makers of the software that powers the OnePlus One and the CyanogenMod ROM, may be partnering up with Microsoft.

Microsoft notably has a resentment towards Android, even requiring Android smartphone makers pay Microsoft a license fee for infringing on patents they own.

Cyanogen’s Chief Executive, Kirt McMaster, has said in interviews that Cyanogen is “going to take Android away from Google.” Since both Cyanogen and Microsoft are looking to be separate from Google, it could potentially be a good partnership.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft has reportedly invested about $70 million into Cyanogen. Both Microsoft and Cyanogen haven’t commented, but depending on moves that Cyanogen takes with their software, we could see if that is the case.

Source: Wall Street Journal

OnePlus One without Cyanogen branding spotted in the U.S.

OnePlus One without CM

OnePlus One without CM

The fact that OnePlus and Cyanogen are not in good terms is a well documented fact. This started off when an “exclusive” Cyanogen OS deal was struck with an Indian manufacturer which restricted the sales of the OnePlus One in the region.

This made OnePlus realize that it cannot depend on Cyanogen forever and will have to start working on its own software. This also meant that future OnePlus One units would ship without the Cyanogen branding on the back.

OnePlus One without Cyanogen -1

A couple of new images reportedly taken in the U.S. are showing exactly that. This shouldn’t come as a surprise given what has transpired over the past two months or so. So does this mean that OnePlus is ready to ship units without Cyanogen OS?

Well, not at this point since the Android 5.0 ROM that it’s working on is still in its early days. However, the company was expected to make the stable build available by January or February at most, so we might not have to wait long after all.

Source: Google+

Via: Android Headlines