It’s official: OnePlus’ first phone running CyanogenMod will launch in H1 2014

January 7, 2014
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OnePlus, the startup founded by ex-Oppo executives, announced it’s the official partner of the CyanogenMod team and that the first fruit of the collaboration will be available in the first half of the year.

OnePlus was founded by former Oppo VP Pete Lau and a number of other employees of the Chinese company at the end of last year, amidst rumors that the startup would become an official partner of Steve Kondik’s Cyanogen Inc. The rumors were spot on – in a posting on the OnePlus forums, the company announced that it would be working with the CyanogenMod team to put the “best software on the best hardware”.

While Kondik and his team collaborated with Oppo for the CyanogenMod version of the N1 – the first CM device to pass Google’s certification and gain official access to Google’s apps – OnePlus will be more than that. As an official partner, the company will customize the hardware based on input from Cyanogen, while the operating system will be a “specially designed version of CyanogenMod with exciting new elements and features”. This seems to imply that the OnePlus would have some special software features, and it’s not clear if those features will ever trickle to other devices.

specially designed version of CyanogenMod with exciting new elements and features

The first phone co-developed by OnePlus and Cyanogen will be called OnePlus One, a name that proved quite popular on the company’s forums. The device will launch in “select markets” in the first half of 2014, with “more global availability” in the future.

For his part, Steve Kondik is optimistic: “By combining our software expertise with Pete’s background in hardware and design, we’ll develop a phone that will exceed both of our expectations”. But details are scarce for now, and it remains to be seen whether or not two relatively inexperienced teams will manage to deliver a competitive product.

Do you think Cyanogen and OnePlus can make it?

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    OnePlus One, really? :D Next: OnePlus One+?

    • dextersgenius

      OnePlus One 2

      • Johan Andresen

        OnePlus One+ 2?

    • programmer

      One, One++, One#, Objective One.

  • Matevz

    W8 isn’t Oppo N1 alreday with CM?

  • Winston Purnomo

    OnePlus One – 2014
    OnePlus One Equal Two – 2015
    OnePlus Two Equal Three – 2015

    LOL

    • MadCowOnAStick

      ohmaigawd dats genius

    • Why me ?

      That was awesome :D

  • JacherieS

    OneDirection !

  • THatch

    2 scenarios. 1 (lets hope) they create the ultimate in customization on the hardware and software level. ex. hardware would be Choosing cpu, gpu, resolution, etc. plus aesthetics. Software is of course cyanogenmod, the ultimate in customization. 2 Google gets jealous and shuts it down.

  • stucrmnx120fshwf

    I don’t see why Google would get jealous, these guys are pushing out their latest code for them much faster than other companies. CM is actually being more cooperative, than others, if their OEM’s do better on hardware how would that harm the Googameister. If CM writes better code, again what harm to Googameister, the only problem would be if they got greedy and started blocking Google revenue like Amazon. Or Samsung’s, trying to get people to use their services instead of Google’s; as 14 nm, 64 bit, 7″ UD/4k comes on stream, we need all the code monkeys and hardware jockeys we can get. The more involvement of the likes of AMD, Nvidia, ARM, Intel, Qualcomm, and CM the better, Samsung has deep pockets, if they can use that for good, not siphoning off cash. Not blocking accessories from 3rd parties, or trying to divert revenue from Google services, like Amazon. See imagine if Samsung were to buy AMD, combine the IP, with their 10 billion dollar 14nm plant, with AMD’s expertise in 64 bit and multiple hundred core GPU chips, advantage android. Or if they were to buy Nvidia, ARM, even merge with Google. Samsung want to write their own software and design their own chips, they have overcapacity, they need to fill at their 14nm plant. They’ve already offered to make other companies chip designs, at their chip factory, like Intel.
    AMD already work extensively with ARM, Intel would continue, to do IP deals with AMD, if Sammy bought AMD. It’s hard to imagine Samsung developing serious code, or chip design IP, without adding substantial outside input. I’ve gone off point a bit there. But CM don’t seem, to have their heart set, on drawing off cash from a company, that gives free operating system, services to them, as long as they can get some revenue, from adds and sales. I like Google and I don’t like seeing them getting white anted, Swiss cheesed, salami style. As someone, in the worlds middle income range, I love free operating systems, services, apps, 30 channels of free TV, cheap hardware, because of advertising.