Leaked conversation shows Cyanogen may dual boot with Oppo’s UI [Update]

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 20, 2013

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For those of you interested in the Cyanogen/Oppo partnership, we have an interesting wrinkle to the tale. From Nicolas Sincere at GadgtSpot we learn that Cyanogen still has some work to do, but it looks like we’ll be able to dual boot the device and choose either the Oppo UI or Cyanogen.

Update: According to Artem Russakovskii of Android Police, customers will get to choose between Oppo UI and CyanogenMod when they order, rather than have a dual boot option.

From an internal conversation, which you’ll see below, the CM openly discusses CFO Steve Kondik’s trip to Beijing, as well as the reason Koushik Dutta didn’t make the trip (passports and visas really are a pain, sometimes). We also see that the team is working on CTS compliance, which we think has to do with the Compatibility Test Suite for Android.

The conversation goes on to note that CTS compliance has to do with GAPPS, or Google Apps. From the CyanogenMod Wiki site:

[quote qtext=”Google Apps contain the proprietary Google applications that come pre-installed with most android devices. Due to licensing restrictions, these apps cannot come pre-installed with CyanogenMod and must be installed separately. CyanogenMod does not require Google Apps to function properly, however, to take full advantage of the Android system, Google Apps are recommended.” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

From this conversation, we can also deduce that the CM team intends to piggyback their OS onto the Oppo system, which will give them the necessary support for Google Apps. We also learn that, like the Google/Kit Kat deal, no money exchanged hands.

Interesting news on a much anticipated front. We’ll be eager to hear if this is the actual end product, come September 23rd.

*Blurred content was done by Android Authority, and has to do with personal salary info for CM staff.


  • MasterMuffin

    This changes my plans completely! I’ve been sure that I want Nexus 5 as my next device for the past 6 months, but now that Oppo N1 may ship with Cyanogenmod…! Why you gotta be like that, making great devices so that people have to think more carefully when buying tech products (first world problems) :D

    • venorme

      I think it will get much crippled version of CM as they most likely wont be able to use many communitymade feature – that leaves them with many things to remove and even more drama due to them trying to sell opensource

    • Luka Mlinar

      I’m still stuck on the Find 5. First cash i get i’m baying that bad boy.
      Anyhoo; Isn’t the N1 to big for you?

    • Widgety

      Why on earth would you buy a phone just because it came with CM on it, when you can get CM for pretty much any phone you want, and it won’t be crippled??

      And CM wouldn’t be nearly as attractive without the night lies…the Stable builds that will be pushes OTA will still take many months to put together, so it’s not like you can count on faster updates.

      And you must not have read the conversation, because they’re already discussing service contracts, which means that the device won’t receive stable, focused updates any longer than a regular phone would.

      Basically what your saying is that you want to buy a phone to get an operating system you can get anywhere, for reasons that don’t exist. Even supporting this endeavor is bad for users–it means CM will be too preoccupied adjusting and fixing opposed code to spread the love. Lastly, I can’t support anything that moves CM away from a community-based cooperative. Until we have a project that completely replaces CM, it’s ideals, It’s commitments, and competes in terms of size, quality, availability, and community-and-developer-enthusiasm, there’s nothing good about this collaberation at all. The only thing you can claim to be beneficial would be an injection of resources into the project, but It’s clear that no company is going to pay the Devs for our devices to work full time on devices that aren’t theirs.