May 15, 2014
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oppo find 7 7a unboxing first impressions (16 of 27)

OnePlus has made a lot of waves for a new company, in large part thanks to its excellent word-of-mouth-based marketing strategy and aggressive pricing tactics. Of course, you have to wonder how a company can go from non-existence to producing a product in well under a year.

Part of the reason that the company was able to get up and running so quickly is their close relationship with Oppo. While OnePlus is ran independently on some level, Oppo also is undeniably connected to company and the actual handsets are produced in the same production facilities as Oppo devices. Furthermore, the OnePlus One shares many of the same components with the Find 7a, though whether you consider this a good or bad thing is probably a matter of preference.

Regardless of your take on the situation, the reality is that the OnePlus One is a close cousin to the Find 7a, albeit without microSD and with the addition of  CyanogenMod 11S over Oppo’s Color ROM. But what if you want the best of both worlds? Thankfully, you can have your cake and eat it too, as CyanogenMod 11S has now been successfully ported over to the Find 7a.

Thanks to the efforts of several XDA forum members including graffixnyc, rayfin and ayysir, the Find 7a can essentially transform into a OnePlus — though not without a few flaws. While many things do work just fine, voice wake functionality and NFC currently don’t work at all. The rear camera also has the image turned upside down, and the handset only reports 3GB os storage.

Of course, these are still early days and its very possible some of these issues could be resolved with time. For those curious about how the process works, you can find full instructions for updating your phone to CyanogenMod 11S via the XDA Developer’s forum.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is dedicated to reporting on the latest developments in the world of Android, and is very passionate about mobile technology and technological innovation in general. While he appreciates Android in all of its forms, he prefers a clean stock experience when possible and currently rocks a Nexus 5. Andrew also loves to engage with his readers, and welcomes well-thought-out conversations and responses in the comments section!
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