It's officially official: the Oppo N1 is the first Google-approved CyanogenMod phone. After passing through Google's CTS (compatibility test suite), CDD (compatibility definition document), and CTS Verifier, the phone can legitimately run Google's suite of apps and have access to the Google Play Store. It is an undeniably big milestone for Cyanogen Inc., who hope to release a true "CyanogenMod" phone at some point, with the "highest quality hardware available" through a partnership with an as-yet unannounced firm.


Passing all of Google's compatibility testing means that Cyanogen Inc. can now deploy CyanogenMod on the Oppo N1 with an officially licensed version of the Google Apps package, which will otherwise be identical to the sideloaded packages CM users have been utilizing for years. This just puts a big "LEGIT" stamp on the whole affair.

I was certainly skeptical about the phone's prospects of making it through the testing, but obviously Cyanogen Inc. has its act together, achieving something enthusiasts really only dreamed of before events of the last few months.

I'm currently testing the gargantuan 5.9", nearly half-pound N1, so you can expect a review some time next week.

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David Ruddock
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  • johnson

    Can we please have an article on CM without the link to that smug Kondik face on the "you might also like these". The only thing more annoying is "Cid", the special needs mascot.

    • Phil Oakley

      You do know that the 'you may also like these' is automated?

    • youralazyass

      Do u have Google ? Or maybe cyanogen g+ page ? I no its difficult but give it a shot

    • RaviShah

      there was no need to use special needs as an insult

  • Geremy Roque

    If only i could win the Oppo N1 in some sort of giveaway... the perfect phone for me.
    My lack of money never fails to amuse me.

  • http://www.About.me/PHADE PHADE

    As an Android fan: "Can't wait for the review"
    As an AndroidPolice Reader: "GIMME DA FU$%*&* REVIEW NOW!!!"

    or is the other way around!?

    • pjcamp

      As an owner of previous Oppo products -- meh.

      • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

        As a foul-mouthed person-
        "Fu*k you!"

        • Brad

          not foul enough, apparently

        • pjcamp

          That's why people don't like you a$$hole.

          • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

            Says the person who knows not one bit of me.
            Such amaze.

        • Fucking Bitch

          fuck you pussy faggot

  • Dai

    The CM for the Oppo N1 is a nuter version, no root and only cm preparatory apps. Not worth it, let's not talk about about hardware warranty or cm customer service. I like how AP writes more as a fan, and not like blogger. CM INC HAS NEVER ANSWER REAL QUESTIONS.

    • James Jullien

      Way to s*** in the pool...d***! I'm a cm fan. This is cool any way you slice it. One step closer to a full cm phone. Good for them.
      What is this "Root" you speak of?

    • Mado

      They can't pass CTS if it is rooted.

    • Mike Reid


      Thanks for "Telling it like it is".

      CM is good, but yeah, no customer service I've ever seen. Many, but not all, of the CM devs for top phones have been rude to me. Some tell people to read the frickin FAQ despite the frickin FAQ not answering the question.

      And just TRY getting answers on their own CM forum. It's a ghost town full of unanswered questions over there. XDA is much better, but it's rare to get answers from any primary devs/OPs for official CM ROMs.

      Frankly, I'm starting to think that some of that CM investor money is going into paying trolls to down-vote and trash talk any anti-CM statements. Really, the down-votes are seeming that strong now, and this is just in the last week or 2. Didn't see it before.

      Once again, CM is good and it's been a good force in the community and I hope that continues. I'm not anti CM. But the faults, like no customer service, are real, and should be openly discussable without massive downvotes from what seem to be rabid, All Pro CM is super-duper-wonderful fans. Or paid shills, who knows ?

      • James Jullien

        I drive a truck for a living. "Paid shill" I'm not. Just a fan. The fact that we're discussing a customer service department for cm I think is cool. And your right. They should and will (I would assume with an influx of 7 mill+ cash) have one at some point. And I would think there would be a lot of votes either way on a cm topic. There popularity is what brought them to there current position. No?

  • Sierra Tango

    As long as there is a constant "cyberwar" going on between Western States and China, I would be extremely wary of using any Chinese technology. I know Oppo hasn't yet come up regarding any national security concerns - probably because they are still small compared to Huawei and ZTE - but as long as they are still a Chinese based company and has potential for governmental influence, I would recommend steering clear just to be on the safe side.

    "The Chinese government and political infrastructure requires that any successful company be intertwined with the Communist Party, which itself is integrated into the government and military infrastructure of the country."



    • Konstigt2

      As opposed of say Google, Microsoft and Apple products which are clean of surveillance? Hmm, recall something I read about the NSA..

      • WalkinOnBottles

        Nah it's totally cool bro the NSA is American so they're on our side ~obviously~.

      • Chris

        I do agree to extent with this comment, though, at least these US companies, and it's consumers, acknowledge the fact the NSA is a snooping pile of shit organization with no boundaries...

        But then you have the Chinese government who sticks it to you when you rebel (or ask for an option 2). IMO, I'd much rather use a device from the US.

        • ubae

          Where will you find a US manufactured device? Aren't they all made in China?

          • Chris


    • Chairman Meow

      The tinfoil's on aisle four.

      • Sierra Tango

        Tin foil hats are antiquated. I find lead helmets are much better at blocking mind control rays.

    • ins0mn1a

      "We've always been at war with Eastasia..."

    • Lamm

      After the NSA scandal I couldn't give less of a fuck, all US-made hardware must have some kind of spying tool/backdoor as well.

    • gsd

      WOW! Imagine how the rest of the world feels when America spies on ordinary citizens.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

    There are a lot of better phones out there.

    • Mkvarner

      There is no best phone for everybody.

      • SlasH3R

        there's always the MotoG rapn' what ever comes >:D

  • CasperTFG

    Want this on Verizon... sigh

    • Nightfall

      People want a lot of things on Verizon.

  • Sarang Pitale

    That unannounced firm is OnePlus i believe.

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

      That's the hope, but I don't think anything has been confirmed officially yet, especially the first devices.

  • didibus

    This is an interesting twist of events. So on one hand you have AOSP, AOSP is the gold bastion. As long as all players keep supporting AOSP and adding to it and using it as foundation, we have a good ecosystem.

    CyanogenMod is now an official Android fork (aka skin, but skin has always been the wrong name, because Android is not skinnable). What I like about it over the current official forks like the ones used by samsung, htc, lg, moto, etc. is that CyanogenMod skin is also open source. As long as they keep their fork open source too, I will support it.