Slowly but surely, Android offshoot-slash-alternative Cyanogen OS is gaining ground. The incorporated and semi-proprietary version of the CyanogenMod ROM now powers a handful of retail-available phones from companies like YU, Zuk, and Smartfen, though larger manufacturers like OnePlus and Oppo have seemingly cooled on Cyanogen software. Speaking of OnePlus, its One hardware was the first to get access to Cyanogen OS version 13, based on Android 6.0.1 code. Today the Swift from Wileyfox becomes the second.
If Wileyfox doesn't sound familiar to you, that's probably because it's fairly limited in scope at the moment. Right now it only sells budget and mid-range phones to the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates. The Swift is a decidedly mid-range phone, with a 5-inch 720p screen, a Snapdragon 410 processor, and 16GB of storage, though the 13MP rear camera and 2GB of RAM are nice inclusions in the 130-pound price range. It launched with Cyanogen 12.1 (Android 5.1), and the Android 6.0 version of the open-source CyanogenMod has been available for the Swift for some time.
Cyanogen OS should pop up and offer to download the latest firmware automatically. But if you're impatient or you just prefer to do it yourself, the files are available for manual flashing on the Cyanogen support page. Hopefully the Wileyfox Storm, along with a handful of other Cyanogen OS devices, will be updated soon.
- Cyanogen OS support (about halfway down the page)