Cyanogen Inc. is making moves on its next officially-endorsed piece of hardware, but this time it isn't with an OEM we've heard of, at least according to a source who asked not be named with knowledge of the situation. While Cyanogen Inc. did indeed tease such a new hardware partner on Google+, we've got a few extra details on the upcoming device that you might be interested in.

First, we're hearing that the phone will be made by a "new company" - not any existing OEM we're familiar with. Whether that means the OEM is out there but simply new / obscure or that the company doesn't exist yet, we're not sure. Second, the phone will be powered by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AC chipset (as was also leaked by an Oppo employee on Sina Weibo), which would appear to be a recent revision to Qualcomm's flagship chip allowing a slightly higher CPU clock speed. We also know the phone will be "normal size," as opposed to a large device like the Galaxy Note 3 or the CM-sporting Oppo N1.

Finally, our source was able to confirm that the new hardware partner and announcement are definitively related to Oppo VP Pete Lau's resignation from that company, as was speculated after Steve Kondik posted on Google+ that Lau and Cyanogen Inc. were working on a phone that would "fuse truly amazing software with the highest quality hardware available."

That's all the info we have for now, but like the Cyanogen Inc. Google+ post says, be on the lookout for more info the coming weeks.

Thanks, Anon!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • A Black UI is the best UI

    And love for the people that sold out continue.

    • NW_Raver

      How is this selling out? They're getting the funding and support they deserve.

      • Alex Cruz

        Off the backs of many contributors who won't see a dime for any of this......

        • HoboJerky

          Well, they could, I dunno, fork CM, and get a hardware partner! Oh wait, that takes lots of hard work, and years of making connections...

      • A Black UI is the best UI

        Firstly if they were going corporate then they wouldn't need any donations to begin with not to mention that they took all the hard work that devs put in for free just to profit off it later on, lets not mention going to close source many things while boasting they are "open source".

        • NF

          Android and Chrome follow the same line. They're open mostly. If I show Google an exploit I do get money, so I do agree the company is not perfect, but that doesn't make the company evil.

          • A Black UI is the best UI

            Difference here is that Google went and bought Android before injecting themselves into it which is a business derision not piggybacking off people's hard work they they put in for the community.

            Plus while google will reward you for your finding of bugs cyanogen inc won't.

          • Mike S.

            Well said Black UI!

    • chad1312

      is there something wrong with selling out? They get to be paid to do what they love.

      • Alex Cruz

        When you take other people's work and turn around and sell it.......yes, there's something wrong there.

        • chad1312

          this is what all open source for profit companies do

          • A Black UI is the best UI

            This was going on for years and if they told them years back then the amount of free contributions and effort put in won't happen.

          • MrBob

            I'm a contributor and I could care less. AFAIK, my contribution is still open source and hopefully this will lead to a kick ass device we can all use and love

          • A Black UI is the best UI

            Then good for you but not every contributor has this thinking since they wanted to help and improve the rom for the community not to have someone else profit off of their work, look at the people that help out AOKP, PA and Slim they do it because they want to improve it for everyone not to have some asshole profit off of it.

          • MrBob

            They still help and improve the rom for the community. Many of the contributions especially the device parts have trickled down to the other ROMs.

            The fact is you have no idea what percentage of the contributors are upset.

          • A Black UI is the best UI

            The contributors I agree are helping but cyanogen inc are not since most if not all ROMs now with KitKat have moved to using an AOSP base and ditching the cm base because of this.

            No one has any idea since cyanogen inc will neither give the facts or deny it like they did then questioned about going corporate.

          • Grasshopper239

            All those roms used CM device trees to become popular. Without CM and their open source device trees, those Roms wouldn't be what they are.

          • A Black UI is the best UI

            They used to use cm trees but they don't now and only a few roms still do since 4.4 was released.

          • Barnassey

            You are correct on xda, rootzwiki, droid forums, and many others are using AOSP or PA for their base. the ones that were pissed about cyanogenmod are migrating to OMNIrom as well.

      • A Black UI is the best UI

        If they said in the first place that they were going corporate years before and people can choose if they want to contribute or not then there would be no issue, they kept it a secret not even telling the maintainers and contributors in the end stealing the hard work those put in to better the rom for the community not for some asshole to profit off it.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Do you start every project knowing you would incorporate, make it big, have millions of users, and then get funding? Come on.

          • A Black UI is the best UI

            You can try to rationalize it anyway you want but the truth was they should've said it to the contributors and maintainers first so people can choose if they want to help them or not and i'm sure that if all contributors and maintainers knew they wouldn't contribute.

        • PhoenixPath

          "stealing the hard work"

          You cannot steal that which was given freely.

          Yes; All of your bitching is now invalid. But please, do feel free to continue whinging on about it endlessly... /smh

          • A Black UI is the best UI

            Because bullying developers to relicense their code so cyanogen inc can profit off of it is fantastic and shows a lot of innovation and forethought in the industry.

          • PhoenixPath

            Because it's so hard to say, "no."

            Do go on... you play the helpless victim card so well.

          • A Black UI is the best UI

            Because bullying to relicense code so you can rip off the original dev is something every open source loving dev needs more of.

            The only victim here is cyanogen inc since they need white knights to defend them against legitimate attacks at their methods.

          • PhoenixPath

            Bullying... Rip off...

            All such emotional words...very dramatic.

            Too bad your 'bullying' isn't, and ripping someone off generally involves ... theft (oh, wait...that didn't actually happen, did it?)

            (Were you bullied as a child? I doubt the comparison is remotely valid to anyone who was.)

            Anything for the sake of drama to emotionally charge your baseless pissing?

            Well, let's have some more of it then. I enjoy hearing from all kinds of folks; even those who can't deal with reality.

          • Rodney Figueroa

            Nailed it.

        • jyrkesh

          First of all, I find it highly unlikely that you have ever contributed to open-source. Hell, if you even followed open-source prior to Android, you'd know that what Cyanogen is doing here is pretty much standard practice.

          I mean, any of the arguments you're using can still be used today against Linus Torvalds. Sure, the Linux Foundation is non-profit, but he makes a solid salary continuing to run it and contribute to Linux. Does that make him evil? What about Red Hat? Ubuntu? The Mozilla Foundation sells the rights to its default search engine, should it have checked with its thousands of contributors first?

          How do you even propose that Cyanogen tell the maintainers and contributors and no one else. The main guys that were checking in the vast majority of the code to the core system (like Koush) did know about it.

          So what? The Google Play Cyanogenmod installer is closed-source, and they're evil? What makes Cyanogenmod Cyanogenmod can and will always be open-source. Same with Android, regardless of what Google does with Gapps.

          IN FACT, IANAL, but I'm fairly certain that you could take Cyanogenmod in its current state, go approach some OEMs, and do EXACTLY what they're doing right now. But as someone above said, that would be a lot of hard work, and I have a feeling you'd rather whine than do that.

          Aaaaaaaand, my homework is due in 90 minutes and I just fed a troll. Good day AP.

        • exadeci

          I'm pretty sure that most of the profit will go to build servers and hosting and maybe some to the most active devs.
          Then cyanogenmod has apache license that allow any dev to take the code and start over somewhere else.
          Last cyanogenmod like most of the big android communities will start a new clean aosp base rom on KitKat so if you don't want to contribute after this announce you can. If you have EVER helped any opensource community

    • ari_free

      I hate to say this but you know Google, the company that makes Android? They make money from selling ads.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    These comments are quickly turning into a CM hatorade. It's getting old, guys. Time to move on bitching about it endlessly.

    If you started, joined, or are supporting a new project, that's awesome. Your energy would be better spent working on it. If not, then you're just stirring the old tired pot.

    • A Black UI is the best UI

      Keep defending them all you like but those who hate have every reason to.

      • Thomas’

        CM is still open source, so what the fuck are you crying about?

        If you haven't noticed, this is how open source works. The product is free, the service around is paid. Without a strong company supporting open source projects, most simply die or end up being completely irrelevant.

        • A Black UI is the best UI

          Thats funny because all other custom ROMs on xda still survive for a long time now and have never needed to close source anything.

          • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

            The other projects AOKP, PA, etc, have been leeching off CM though. :P
            Strong CM == Strong AOKP, PA, etc.
            I've got a couple of commits on CM and I'm glad CM is going "corporate" and getting funding to actually grow wilder than ever.

          • A Black UI is the best UI

            You are really behind since 4.4 all these ROMs have ditched the CM base and gone to using AOSP base which isn't cm.

          • asdfjaskdj

            well there isn't an official cm 4.4 even released yet lol

          • PhoenixPath

            Funny... Most of those ROMs cherry picked from CM, but they were not based on it.

            But at least you're not behind...(flat out wrong, perhaps... but not behind.)

          • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

            not really that far behind considering it happened less than a month ago

          • Barnassey

            actually after 4.1 PA, AOKP and other roms started using AOSP.

          • shadowdude777

            And are a fraction of CM's size.

          • A Black UI is the best UI

            But is actually dedicated and closer to their community.

          • http://aidan.info.tm/ Zack Casey

            If it's a stock app that hit's Play Store, chances are it's closed source.

          • dude

            Doesn't matter, they don't have the outreach and goal like Cyanogenmod to make it truly accessible and available for the mass. It's the same with Ubuntu, I don't condone everything they do, but someone have to popularize linux for the mass and I commend them for the effort.

          • ari_free

            They also don't get preinstalled on new phones. It's about time consumers had an open source alternative to Touchwiz and Sense.

      • ari_free

        Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to... suffering.

        • Daz

          +1 =D

      • Q

        Yes, its perfectly reasonable to hate a company for making a free product that you chose to you use.

    • asdfjaskdj

      yeah they're annoying. at least it's really only 1 person endlessly posting things immaturely though

    • Barnassey

      I normally side with you over stuff like this but that is a consequence of CM inc choice. Some people who contribute will feel shorted and others wont. Still fact of the matter is the evidence of Cm's licensing tactics are known and wont disappear. that sheds a bad light and should make you think twice about defending them.

  • C. H.

    Hipster Cyanogenmod. We got a new partner, but you've probably never heard of it.

  • Hamdi Ferchichi


    • Je

      Nokia lumia 1520 with CM would be my dream come true, I'd be happier this phone than buying new car

  • http://aidan.info.tm/ Zack Casey

    Cyanogen Hardware.

    • NeedName


  • ZTE
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Ha, jcase's trolling is masterful as usual.

      • Aooga

        Isn't that a pic of the Z10? Sure looks like it.

  • NeedName

    I said CM should do this a long time ago and was told it would never happen by commenters here on AP. . . so happy they turned out to be wrong, and I do hope CM does well and continues to support popular devices for a long time!

  • kaidynamite

    a lot of people have heard of oppo. they make phones with amazing build quality. great for cyanogenmod and this is very old news why are you guys so late to report this?

    • serotheo

      Its not Oppo..

  • Rahul Nebhnani

    but i've heard of sony :(

  • Mike


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  • Yash Ostwal

    If the rumors about the specs are true, I would happily switch to the new manufacturer! These guys have my attention on them.

  • RandomGuyOffTheInterwebz


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  • Omar Al Matar

    Newkia! xD