It’s official: the Oppo N1 will be the first Cyanogen, Inc. device

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 20, 2013

Oppo N1 announcement

When Cyanogen decided to incorporate, they also noted they’d be partnering with an OEM to showcase their OS. Speculation ran wild as to who would be brave enough to help Cyanogen challenge for the number three spot behind Android and iOS.

While not technically making it known just yet, Steve Kondik, founder and CFO of Cyanogen, stars in a very short video on the Oppo YouTube channel (below). In the video, he notes he’ll be at the Oppo event in Beijing, and has “exciting news” for us.

It looks as though Cyanogen Inc. will be partnering with Oppo to bring us their OS on the N1 smartphone, set to make its debut on September 23rd. While Oppo isn’t well known outside of the Asian market, their Find 5 handset was well received by our Josh Vergara. A beautiful screen, with some nice hardware nuances. Their UI could use some improvements, and who better than Cyanogen to take that burden from them?

The partnership could be a boon for both parties: Cyanogen needs an OEM to let them show off their OS, and Oppo could use some energy to get their name out there. Oppo doesn’t have a strong UI for Android, and Cyanogen always delivers something great. It’s definitely unusual to have the OS and OEM apart from one another, but in this case, it could be perfect.

We’ll be looking forward to just what Cyanogen has in store for us on the 23rd. If you’re curious, be sure to check back here for all your Cyanogen/Oppo news!

  • Bone

    Goddamn just release the beast!

    • CoolGuy

      thats what she said….

  • MasterMuffin

    Called it! NICEEEEEEEEE

  • knightpt

    Oppo N1 + Cyanogen ? I’ll definately keep an eye on this. Oppo Find 5 is a realy amazing phone, cyanogen make marvelous UI, interesting combo.

  • MannyLegacy

    WTF!!??…………Please oh PLEASE let this be available here in the US!

    • inkflow

      You can buy Oppo from their website ( You will also get 2 years international warranty.

      • WTF

        I just have to say that Oppostyle is not owned or run by Oppo. Its just a reseller. (as stated here: )

        • inkflow

          I accept your correction – thank you for pointing this out.

          However, it doesn’t change the fact ghat you can get Oppo’s products worldwide at an “official” price and with a warranty.

          As an example, you can’t have such service with Apple’s products!

  • Fievel

    A rather awkward delivery there.

  • InfiniteDroid

    I just had a nerdgasm, and im not even kidding

  • Luka Mlinar

    It’s still a bit big for me but this certainly proves that OPPO’s future is looking bright. I personally had enough of crap UI’s. It’s time we move on from that and look to the future e.g. CM, Paranoid, Stock…

  • David Rutla

    I hope Paranoid follows suit here and someone like Asus or some other carrier picks up as well. I’m happy for CM but OPPO from what I know doesn’t work in the states so I’m content with my nexus line

  • Cao Meo

    Will Oppo 5 have Google services?

    • WTF

      All international versions of Oppo phones have Google Play etc.

  • Bobby Phoenix

    They need to change the name from N1. I’m commenting here and there talking about my N1, and people think I’m crazy. No I’m not crazy. I’m still using my N1 from 2010. My Nexus One. Well I may be a little crazy, but for other reasons.

  • clipper

    I want this real bad.

  • Groud Frank

    Don’t do it for the vine!

  • Jacob Asadon

    If they’re releasing a new OS, will cyanogen then be leaving android behind?