Cyanogen, Inc., the corporation that sprang from one of the largest families of Android custom ROMs, is expanding its corporate family once again. This time they've hired Leigh Momii, a Seattle-based executive currently with HTC's American arm. Momii has been employed by HTC for the last three and a half years, and intends to leave her position on Friday to become Cyanogen's Product Evangelist. She announced her plans on Google+ this morning.
Current HTC Product Manager Leigh Momii. Photo source: HTC Blog
For those who aren't up on your corporate speak, an "Evangelist" is basically a more advanced kind of PR manager, usually assigned to a specific market or interest group.
Android 4.4.3 isn't a huge bump up from the previous incremental release - the biggest change is a new dialer, though there are thousands of adjustments behind the scenes. Even so, the most popular families of custom Android ROMs are quickly adopting the open source code into their bleeding-edge releases. CyanogenMod has already begun the transfer to 4.4.3 with its latest nightly builds.
If you're not quite brave enough for nightly builds, but aren't content to wait around for stable ones, CyanogenMod's M builds might be just right. Today you can grab the latest M3 build of CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat) straight from the source. It isn't available on every device quite yet, but it's only a matter of time.
The M builds are "snapshots" of the ROM that are released about every month. There are fewer bugs than nightlies, but the polish from a release candidate or stable build might not be there. Although, CM's M builds are sometimes better than the stable versions of some other ROMs.
Chinese manufacturer Oppo has been making a few waves in the Android world as of late, and their latest flagship is now available to hungry consumers in the US. The N1 superphone launches today on Oppo's official web store: $599 American greenbacks lands you one with 16GB of storage, while the 32GB version goes for $649. Standard shipping is free, and the package includes both a flip cover and Oppo's O-Click remote shutter.
The N1 is a beast of a phone, thanks in no small part to its pocket-straining 5.9-inch 1080p screen. Unique features include a 13-megapixel camera on a rotating hinge, so it functions as both the front and rear camera, and a touch-sensitive back panel that's integrated with Oppo's Color software based on Android 4.2.
Chinese manufacturer Oppo has been teasing its N1 flagship for some time, and the phone finally became official this morning. At 5.9 inches it sits squarely in the "phablet" category, though there are certainly enough other hardware highlights to turn a few heads. The most interesting is probably the 13MP camera, which sits on a case-mounted hinge and rotates to serve as both the rear and front cameras. It's a design seen before in some laptops and earlier camera phones, but this is the first time we've seen it on a modern smartphone.
The camera will activate upon rotation, and the 206-degree rotation axis has been stress-tested for 100,000 uses.
In case you've forgotten, the Optimus G Pro is a bigger, beefier version of the Optimus G intended to go head to head with Samsung's Galaxy Note family. The phone uses a Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch LCD with 1080p resolution, and a 13MP camera.