It's been a crazy few months for the team at Cyanogen Inc.. After announcing the partnership with Oppo, the new company cofounded by Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta has released a CyanogenMod installer app, built a Google-approved ROM for the N1, and secured a mess of funding. Now there's a YouTube channel where you can follow the exploits of the CM crew, and it all starts with a demo of the Oppo N1 running the official CyanogenMod ROM.

The video focuses on the things that set CM apart from stock Android including privacy guard, advanced camera options, CPU controls, themes, and more. There is a little bit of cheesiness to be found in the video, but it focuses on showing off features and that's a smart move (some more established companies seem to forget that). Of course, to pass the Android CTS, there will be no root access out of the box.

The CM edition Oppo N1 is going to be available from Oppo and on Amazon starting December 24th, but supplies will be limited. If you're going to jump on this bit of Android history, keep in mind the Oppo N1 is an unlocked GSM/HSPA+ device only.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • HolyFreakingCrap

    I wonder how much they paid the Thai ladyboy to be the star.

    • Ayotollah

      Thai ladyboys ain't that much. Besides 1 of every 2 women have a cock in Thailand. Infact women with vaginas in Thailand are the minority.

      • MilkShak3

        You know this for experience?

  • Tylar Overturf

    That phone is just too big.

  • lensgrabber

    I guess "selfie" is the big feature for the N1. Let's see what that Find 7 brings.

    • thartist

      It was painful

    • Mnoz

      Duck faced selfies, duuh.

  • Yakuzahi

    No LTE, Thanks.

    • Aleksey_US

      You forgot to mention the weird camera and a price tag of almost 2X the cost of the N5...

      • David Hart

        I see the camera as something that's just going to break.

  • Pouet

    Hahaha these 2 first comments nailed it.

  • Harsha

    Will this phone ever be available officially in India?

    • Mike Reid

      Sure, the surplus of this "bit of Android history" will show up eventually.

      Not intending to "hate" on anyone, but every other comment on this phone seems to be negative, to neutral at best.

  • Charlie Downey

    Do they always drink beer while working?

  • Ixil

    I totally just bought a picture of that on Ebay...

  • Mario E Hdez

    Might be in the minority but I just can't seem to get genuinely excited. It's all just kind of meh amongst so many Roms.

  • sammidam

    I honestly think this was a terrible video from CM...

    • thartist

      Sooo horrible i would laugh and puke at CM if this video was my first contact with it.
      Why the super annoying bizarre 'ladyboy', why so many features left unexplained, no android version, no specs? Why so aimed at general public when we know it's not for them? Totally wrong.

  • Vitaly Streltsov

    Video for geeks. Beer is not acceptable. Cm team should hire promoters.

  • Marcell Lévai

    CM must love selfies...

  • IT prophet

    I'm still wondering people are interested in this 'Big Brother ROM', maybe they liked being watched...

    In general, Androidpolice is filled with blind fanatics in comments (which would die for Google Inc. for unknown reason) which would not care even if Google would close source whole Android system with its spyware junk - they would still call it 'open source freedom' (just look at G.launcher, SMS (hangoutts) or G.keyboard replacement with their close sourced stuff of late...). Where's some research of little thoughts on that? Ah, arstechnica now...

    but now Androidpolice is still propagating this ROM - which prime reason for existence is profit and sending your data for advertising...and God know what else since the big change...one example?

    ah. I guess millions of $$$ flowing inside the company are from big philanthropist - now I get it, time to use it then! Guess Koush is the biggest of them all, locking his recovery as much as he can to properly install CM only... no surprising considering his past...

    thank God we still have true open source community from Paranoid Android or Omni ROM and the like...which still works as once CM worked....community driven by community, fully open sourced with no big hand ruling its future (and commits are welcomed and no, your code won't be sold)

    go, down-rank me you blind sheeps - don't forget to install Google Now on your desktop with your new 'Google experience launcher', as your life would not be complete without cards monitoring your life...

    hey, and I almost forgot, please enter any NSA Apple joke here, as we don't have it in Android, do we?

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    • Samvith V Rao

      Oh look...another hater. Why don't you take your tinfoil hat and shove it somewhere else? Go install http://replicant.us/ and tell us how that worked out. Self-entitled pricks need to know that the world doesn't revolve around them and their 'data' and that making some money off your hard work is the very basis of capitalism.

      I wonder why assholes like these aren't blocked from commenting. They spread too much stupid around.

      • drcmda

        "making some money off your hard work is the very basis of capitalism"

        Oh, did they?
        They take the AOSP, which makes for 90% of their rom. Googles work. Now the other 10% ... half of these features were contributed under the premise of open community development. None of their contributors suspected the work is going to be sold. Another half is kanged/taken from other major and minor projects. They haven't done a single original feature for more than 2 years now.

    • Trent Callahan

      "IT Prophet."

      Nice name. Something tells me you don't get out much mate. There's this thing called a "Sun." You should go look at it sometime, and never look away. Keep staring until everything goes black. Good boy. Now, blindly trip and fall repeatedly until you reach your kitchen. Be sure not to stumble over the corners. Now, find your drawer, and fumble around with your hands until you come across your cheese grater. I want you to beat yourself in the head with it continuously.

      Have a great day. If you haven't noticed, nobody here cares.

    • frhow

      Lol those are all Apps you named you dumb fuck.

  • shitshitshit

    I like it. I would like to try one out first. But I could see myself making tons of selfies with this thing.

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

    So someone makes a video on youtube and I should suddenly care?

    There are better things to watch on youtube that this rubbish.

    • Jon

      You cared enough to comment about it!

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        He cared enough to give feedback, just cause you don't like it doesn't mean you can't comment on it.

        • z0phi3l

          Best thing Mom said was that if you have nothing good to say then STFU, bunch of haters just crying because CM is actually trying to make some money and take care of himself and his team, and the socialists pitch a fit

  • Ayotollah

    I personally don't use CM anymore but I'm proud that they've made it this far. They've always done a great job at making android better in about every way. It was a hobby for a handful of people. Now its a company. Pretty awesome in my book. Just about every custom ROM still pulls from CM. I really don't understand the hate in these comments....glass half empty folks I suppose... Smh...

    • A.M

      I stopped using CM cause it didn't have enough features

    • drcmda

      what rom pulls from CM? all of the features they present here are pulled from other projects or made by contributors. CM has reverted to mindless kanging for years. now where most of their devs have jumped off the features they're left with are laughable at best. quicktoggles? congratulations, rom scenes most horrible implementation. equalizer, wow, google music has one. "faster shutter speed" - i don't even ... kernel tweaks, every kernel mod does better. "desktop organizer," launcher2 fork in the days of kitkat, how cute. privacy guard is googles work. theming engine is t-mobiles work.

  • sam tole

    I want one..

  • Deeco

    I think they should also invest their money on advertising.

  • Deeco

    That phone is butt ugly, I can't understand why others like it.

  • Kolyan24k

    I don't understand why limit your customers by not including all bands or have 2 versions

  • sounder

    The girl was nice.

  • Chris

    This was one hell of an awkward video. The music only complimented how uncomfortable I was watching this.

  • Fellwalker

    No micro SD card! Do they not notice the complaints in reviews of other phones. Rotating camera is just something to break and to catch on things or get fabric threads caught in it.

  • Ayysir_PA

    this video gave me cancer