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CyanogenMod 11 arrives for Android One smartphones

The recently released entry-level Android One smartphones have received their first custom ROM, CyanogenMod 11, courtesy of XDA forum member varun.chitre15.
October 7, 2014
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The ever popular CyanogenMod 11 ROM is now available for the first batch of Android One smartphones. The Android One program already delivers a stock-Android experience, but CyanogenMod offers a few tweaks and improvements to the barebones Android OS.

Varun.chitre15, an India-based XDA forum member who already rooted these smartphones, has managed to port the ROM over to each of the three Android One handsets, aided by their similar hardware configurations. The ROM is universal and therefore doesn’t require a unique ROM version for each phone.

The port of CyanogenMod 11 is still in early development but it’s apparently stable and working well, for the most part. The only bugs spotted so far are that the second SIM-card slot remains undetected and that data and WiFi currently aren’t working. These will hopefully be patched up soon to make the ROM more suitable for everyday use.

If you want to try out CM11 on your Spice Dream Uno, Karbonn Sparkle V or Micromax Canvas A1, you will first need to unlock the bootloader and install a custom recovery, and then proceed to install the file, and GAPPS if you want them.

It’s great to see the development community taking to the entry-level Android One program, and there will undoubtedly be plenty more ROMs to choose from in the future.