CyanogenMOD could become Oppo’s standard ROM

Daniel Bader

September 20, 2013 5:33pm

Well, this is exciting news!

Up-and-coming Chinese OEM, Oppo, is teasing involvement with the newly-formed Cyanogen, Inc, lending credence to the idea that the custom ROM may find a permanent (and official) home on a line of smartphones. The company is teasing its upcoming N1 flagship, set to debut on Monday, September 23rd, and the latest, a 25 second clip, features Cyanogen himself, Steve Kondik, saying he’s excited for what’s to come.

It will be interesting to see if Oppo decides to bundle CyanogenMOD as the N1’s main software, or, like some other manufacturers, decides to dual-boot it with an option for something less “stock.” At the same time, if CM is on board as the main ROM, Oppo will have to decide whether it updates the device from the main “stable” branch of CyanogenMOD, or whether it will have its own “containers” — people working on the software — from within the company. The hierarchy and distribution of CM, now that it’s becoming a bit more “official,” will be fascinating to watch.

Since CyanogenMOD is based on the latest version of Android, this collaboration will likely mean that Oppo devices are going to stay nearly as up-to-date as Google’s own Nexus family, usually the first series to get updated from Google.

The N1 will debut to excited audiences in Beijing this coming Monday. We’ll bring you all the news as it unfolds!

SourceOppo, YouTube
  • Sukdis Knaatz

    I am actually very excited to see the N1 running CM out of the box. This could be the one for the (nerdy) History books!


      *History e-books.

    • silver_arrow

      Histor e-books

  • Renaud Lepage

    It’s not containers, it’s maintainers

  • dickgozinya

    Cool. Could end up being a good partnership.

  • dickgozinya

    Cool. Could end up being a good partnership.

    • RussianDroid

      Indeed, CM is a very good ROM and Oppo seem to have nice looking packaging (i.e. hardware).

  • Humberto Giambrone


  • Charles Sloane

    Ha told you so!

  • Bri

    Does that mean we will no longer have free access to CM software???

    • synec

      Not necessarily. I’m not an expert on this subject, but I don’t think CM can directly make a profit from their ROMs because it is built off of Android. If their collaboration with Oppo is a success, they may eventually stop officially supporting devices from other manufacturers. This likely won’t be for awhile though and there will always be people in the XDA community that will develop ports and such for popular devices.

    • Bri

      How does this organization/company make any money? I don’t know how they make profit from a free software that they develop.

  • synec

    This has got me really excited. If they decide to go with the Nexus model, I can see them gaining a lot of steam. If they go high-end with a high price tag though, it’s likely they’ll stay niche, which is unfortunate since CM is awesome.

  • beyond

    who’s the guy in the photo?