Interview: Steve Kondik talks about new CM 11S features and the OnePlus One

April 25, 2014
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The dust has settled – for now – on the flashy debut of the $299 “2014 flagship killer” OnePlus One. The device came almost out of nowhere (OnePlus is literally a months-old startup) to capture the imagination of users and critics alike. Sure, costing half the price of comparable devices is one big reason for the excitement. Unconventional marketing is another. But the presence of CyanogenMod 11S, a new version of the popular custom ROM, is what really made the OnePlus One an attractive proposition from many users.

At the end of a long launch day in Beijing, the creator and leader of CyanogenMod, Steve Kondik, kindly sat for an interview with our Josh Vergara. In the video at the top, Mr. Cyanogen touches on some of the key new features present on CM11S, including the brand new and powerful Theme engine, new Camera app, and integrated Gallery.

Steve also talked about his favorite things about the OnePlus (hint – audio), as well as his team’s small contributions to the phone’s hardware design.

Alas, all we can do is wait. The OnePlus One and CM11S are still a month away from actual release, with the device set to begin shipping in 16 markets including the US, Canada, and countries in Western Europe in “late May”.

For more on the OnePlus One, check out our complete coverage.

Comments

  • venorme

    The main question is will non One plus one phones get all these new features via CM. Like those gestures on turned off screen. We have snap 800 phones with hardware that v supports all these but no soft yet

    • MasterMuffin

      Those gestures will eat battery in some phones, for example the Nexus 5. We will probably see some stuff in regular CM like the theme engine, but some will most likely stay as an exclusive, at least for a long time

      • Debattt

        I have installed elementalx kernel made by flar2 for my htcone. I can now open the phone with double tapping and other gestures.

        • MasterMuffin

          I had it too, but it eats battery a lot. The dev says so too in the OP

    • http://AndroidAuthority.com/ Bogdan Petrovan

      I think those gestures are not from CM, nor they depend on CM. The Find 7 has the exact same thing.

  • DelorisBSparling

    At the end of a long launch day in Beijing, the creator and leader of CyanogenMod, Steve Kondik, kindly sat for an interview with our Josh Vergara. In the video at the top, Mr. Cyanogen touches on some of the key new features present on CM11S, including the brand new and powerful Theme engine, new Camera app, and integrated Gallery. http://u.to/b8IkBw

  • MasterMuffin

    Can’t wait for the first CM11S ROM for Nexus 5 >:)

    • Luka Mlinar

      I think the S is specific to the OnePlus. Might be wrong :/

      • lalala

        yup its only for the one plus.

      • MasterMuffin

        That’s why the “>:)”. Because it will happen, just like we have Sense 6 that’s working quite well

  • Gamma M

    He talked about lots and lots of bug fixing. I wonder of those fixes are also applied to the CM for other devices as well ?!

  • Guest123

    Sorry, hope CM and the 1+ is a hit, but watching this was painful.

    • takpro

      Yeah, I hope CM makes enough money to hire a spokesperson.

  • Yaritza Miranda

    Cant’t wait for this and Led Lampen