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