There's been a bit of a kerfuffle with Cyanogen, Inc. today: conflicting interests in the Indian market mean that its relationship with OnePlus is probably over. But the development of the community-based ROM continues, and owners of the Verizon variant of the LG G3 can see for themselves tonight. The phone now has a nightly build of CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4) of its very own, and more are sure to follow soon.
Indian Android fans had something to look forward to when it was announced last week that the OnePlus One would be sold on Amazon in India. However, OnePlus is dashing everyone's hopes with an update on its Cyanogen partnership. It seems Cyanogen Inc. has granted exclusive rights to use CM in the Indian market to Micromax, which means the OnePlus One won't be supported with future CyanogenMod updates.
Cyanogen Inc apparently had a sit-down with The Verge recently, detailing in not-very-much-detail its new partnership with Indian smartphone OEM Micromax. CEO Kirt McMaster says the first device will be released as part of a new brand to be called "YU," and it will come preloaded with some apps and services that are "popular" in India. That is quite literally everything that was announced.
The partnership had been previously rumored, with a phone potentially coming before the end of the year.
The CyanogenMod team rolled out a new Snapshot build of the custom ROM the other day, but it's still based on KitKat. What gives? Lollipop has been available for like a week now. C'mon! Relax, it's being worked on, and nightlies could arrive sooner than you might expect.
Using multiple devices is still very clunky, even with synchronization features like those offered by Google. A startup called Nextbit is looking to change that with a product called Baton. The goal is to make switching from one device to another completely seamless, and it's coming to CyanogenMod soon as a private beta.
Android has come a long way over the years, and there's less incentive to install a custom ROM than there used to be. Nevertheless, the desire is still there. CyanogenMod remains the most established and well-known option around, so it's no small thing when a new device gets supported. Two devices that have recently made the list include the Verizon Galaxy S5 (kltevzw) and the GSM version of the HTC One Mini 2 (memul).
The camera app packed inside of CyanogenMod 11S, the version of the ROM that launched on the OnePlus One, has found its way onto the Play Store. People who own that particular handset can now look for camera updates to appear alongside all of their other apps. If any of you head over to Google Play right this moment, you may even see that there's one already waiting for you.
If you turn to the Play Store without a OnePlus One running the latest version of CM11S, don't expect to get your hands on anything.
The newest Snapshot build of CyanogenMod 11 is starting to roll out to devices right now. If you're wondering what's in this update, you're going to need to wait on that.
There's no changelog as of yet, but we'll update as soon as there's something official.
Update: Here's the official changelog:
M11 Changelog:* New Devices: Galaxy S4 Active (jactivelte), Galaxy S4 SK I-9506 (ks01lte), Galaxy S5 GSM (klte), Galaxy Tab 10.1 (picassowifi), Galaxy Player 4.0 (ypg1) * Re-introduce Samsung Galaxy Relay 4G (apexqtmo) support * Fix signal strength showing ’2147483647′ on certain devices * Frameworks & Core Apps: CAF and other upstream updates * Lockscreen: Do not play sounds while a phone call is active & MSIM updates * Frameworks: Add base & MSIM APIs for SEEK (Secure Element Evaluation Kit) support * Frameworks: Fix volume button changing two ‘steps’ per click * Frameworks: Add ‘Screen Off’ action for double-tap/long-press configuration options * Show devices connected to your WiFi (tethering) Hotspot * Fix bug related to ‘switch to last app’ action while in Recents view * Fix Navigation Bar arrow keys in RTL locales * Translations updates from CyanogenMod CrowdIn team * Adjustments to ‘Glove Mode’ (High Touch Sensitivity) * APN Updates for various regions * Camera: Add support for all available Slow Shutter speeds (hardware dependent); Improve shutter button * Dialer/InCallUI: Fix smartcover always showing answer fragment * LG G2: Address GPS and NFC issues * Base support for HTC Desire 816 & HTC One Mini 2 (pending nightlies) * Various security updates * General bug fixes
In the seemingly never-ending saga of companies believing that, despite generating no real revenue, they're worth some multiple of an Instagram, Cyanogen Inc. is reportedly seeking additional funding on the basis of a $1 billion valuation. This apparently comes on the heels of talks with Google's Sundar Pichai, who expressed interest in acquiring Cyanogen, presumably to become part of Google's Android group.
Cyanogen has allegedly been using this offer as a form of leverage in negotiations for funding, which of course they have, because who wouldn't use that as a way to convince investors your not-profitable company is worth throwing large sums of money at?