Steve Kondik and company announced earlier this week that the CyanogenMod ROM has been incorporated into Cyanogen Inc, with the aim of strengthening the pseudo-platform and reaching more users. Since the first announcement Cyanogen has been teasing one major hardware partner, and it looks like that has been revealed.

Update: We've confirmed the details of the Oppo arrangement: Here's How Cyanogen Inc Wants The CyanogenMod-Enabled N1 And The First Hardware Partnership With Oppo To Work.

Observe the teaser trailer from Chinese manufacturer Oppo for the upcoming N1 smartphone, below:

Mr. Kondik didn't say as much, but the brief video is a pretty clear indication that the upcoming Oppo N1 phone will run the CyanogenMod ROM in some form or fashion. Whether that's as default software, or as an optional "special edition" a la the Google Play Editions of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, or simply a manufacturer-sanctioned build of CyanogenMod, we couldn't say. But something's definitely coming, and this seems like a definite implication that Oppo is Cyanogen's first OEM partner. The video description reads, "OPPO + CyanogenMod = ?"

Oppo has been teasing the upcoming N1 flagship device, and at least one major leak shows some pretty drool-worthy hardware if nothing else. Oppo still doesn't have much of a presence outside of Asia, but the company has already been making waves among Android power users for cheap, powerful hardware, which is why many had guessed the manufacturer was Cyanogen's silent partner. A joint effort with the newly-incorporated ROM developers could only improve things.

Android Police will be covering Oppo's Beijing event live on September 23rd. We can't wait to see what's coming.

Source: Oppo YouTube

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Yinyarr
    • GramarPolice

      Holy crap the grammar hurts us

      • Wayne Randall

        I couldn't make it past "Apparently their will be no money..." before retiring.

        • Justin W

          I struggled through "Klondike" and said fuck this.

  • Daniel Ng

    When both greatness comes together...

  • aNYthing6

    Makes sense.

  • Zack Whitfield

    Love the completely pointless Google Glass to show off.

    • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

      The entire point of a Google "glass" is to wear it, as frequently as you like.

  • Tony Byatt

    The second half of 2013 has been and is going to be an exciting time for the Android community...

    • ZombieCow

      Couldn't agree more. OPPO + CM, Android KitKat, new Nexus 4/5 and Nexus 10... oh boy... I have to start saving money !

  • Dan

    There's no way it'll work on Verizon right?

    • 123

      Does anything worth having? Nooo

  • Evan Jenkins

    Need I say more?

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    Of course it is Oppo.
    The only manufacturer that will team up with a custom ROM maker to create the best android experience!

  • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

    Opp opp opp...Oppo Cyangogen Style

  • BigMixxx

    oh man....

    If the price is right, for a VERY good os and a VERY good phone???!?!?!? This will be a great start for cyanogen.

  • Maison Pulaski

    I wonder how those people that love Oppo and go on and on about their affordable hardware are going to reconcile this conundrum with their vehement disdain for the recent CM move to incorporate?

    We shall see just how strong their "open source" ideals run now.

    • eccles11

      There are plenty of for profit companies that do open source.

      • Jeremiah Rice

        Google for one.

      • Thomas’

        Even more, behind each significant open source project there is usually a company behind. Being the manager and supporter of an open source software is a valid business model.

    • PhoenixPath


      RedHat is a company that has a Linux distro.

      CM is a company that has an Android distro.

      In other words: Ne need to reconcile. CM is still open source, genius.

      • Maison Pulaski

        Apparently what I said and what I meant did not connect with one another.

        I think what CM is doing is great. And I understand that CM continues to be open source.

        What I was trying to say is that there are some people in the Android community that are very much proponents of Oppos hardware.

        But when the CM news broke they were also very outspoken about how CM betrayed the community.

        When I said, "How are they going to reconcile this...", it was not in regards to reconciling CM's move to incorporate. It was in regards to these people supporting Oppo but opposing CM. What will they do if Oppo puts out a CM phone?

        Did I make any sense this time. Probably not.

        • PhoenixPath


          I think I get it. In my experience, the folks complaining about CM incorporating have a highly flawed idea of what is actually happening.

          Reconciling fantasy with reality is going to be a tough one for them. Hopefully time will lower their overwhelming emotional reactions to the point they can begin to think clearly. :)

    • Erg

      Take a jump...

  • BigMixxx

    I wonder if LG would just give up and sign on Cyanogen. I'd be all over that.

  • Evan Jenkins

    Also N1........ Nemesis HOW COULD WE HAVE MISSED THIS !!

    • Maison Pulaski

      Ahh... As in direct comparison to the Nexus1. Nice.

  • Eric James Salcido

    Gotta love MKBHD's "Called it" in the comments of the video.

  • Matthew Fry

    They need to build their gimmicky features before they release or the public at large won't buy into it. How about a built-in caliper so you can track your fat percentage?

    • SetiroN

      Right. They should build bloat because the public really likes bloat.

    • Matthew Fry

      Apparently, I should have added

      • lol


  • Howard

    Yesssssss! I've an oppo 5,which people laughed at, for mm. 20 seconds. The android rom was a bit rough. Oppo have been into rooting, as a company as long as I've known them, and are very helpful.
    I hope and expect a version for the 5 as it's still a high level phone:-)

  • SetiroN

    This isn't THAT big really... The previous Oppo flagship (find 5 I believe) already officially supported CyanogenMod (although not out of the box, but I don't think that's gonna be the case anyway) as well as paranoid android and AOSP... praising to a miracle is silly.

    • dextersgenius

      @setiron:disqus : This is big because of the potential after-effects this deal could have. Other manufacturers might start taking CM and other Community based ROMs more seriously, or at the least acknowledge that there's a significant number of people who want a bloat-free, up-to-date Android experience. Maybe we could see more Google Edition devices.

      • SetiroN

        You probably missed the point where literally nothing changes from the Find 5, except a video of a guy with google glass.

        • dextersgenius

          And you missed the point about this being the bigger picture - beyond the Find 5. No one is talking about the Find.

  • anmolm97

    Oppo N1 vs LG Nexus 5..that's what im interested in!!

  • Great Offender

    How can they do this? Cyogen is just one big Android and Caf kang. They take the code and replace the copyright with Cyogen add the device specific drivers and give it to the masses. When is Google gonna step in and stop this?

  • dude

    If you by an Oppo they let you choose which roms to install including CM, Paranoid and PAC. No root needed.

  • MLBaylor

    Personally I would have done this like hellraiser "Greetings from Cyanogenmod human, I have such sights to show you."

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    I totally said CM phone was gonna happen!! :P
    though I'd be more happy with Nexus with CM on it hahahaha

  • ANDY)ANdroid

    people will start hating cm cause now they are a business and will start thinking like one too! poor us

  • sounder

    Say 'no' to google glass.

  • HolyFreakingCrap

    He sure does look like a dumbass with those glasses on.