CyanogenMod

Cyanogenmod 13.0 Release 1 is no longer nocturnal

Cyanogenmod 13.0 Release 1 is no longer nocturnal

The folks behind CyanogenMod 13 started with their nightly builds back in November of 2015 marking what was effectively the start of the beta period for the software where everything isn't perfect, but it was ready for folks to try. If you like CyanogenMod, but prefer to wait unto the first official non-nightly release is available before you try it out, CyanogenMod 13 has stepped into the daylight with its first non-nightly release.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow: 3x ways

Samsung Galaxy S4 update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow: 3x ways

While Samsung will almost certainly not be updating your Samsung Galaxy S4 to Android 6.0 or 6.0.1 Marshmallow, 3rd party developers are all about it. Today we're exploring a couple of the several ways in which users are still able to continue updating their device, regardless of manufacturer Android update support. The first of these is likely the most popular - CyanogenMod 13. The second is also a sort of advanced ROM flashing situation. The third way to update your Galaxy S4 is sort of a cheat - not the real deal, really.

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CyanogenMod 13 details: time for Android Marshmallow

CyanogenMod 13 details: time for Android Marshmallow

The people behind CyanogenMod, the customized operating system that uses Android as its source, have revealed that they're now allowing users with certain devices to begin downloading "nightly" version of CyanogenMod 13, which is based on Android 6 Marshmallow. The significance of this is in the fact that only a few of latest Android devices are eligible to download Google's version of Marshmallow at this point, but with the CyanogenMod version, several older phones can get it now.

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Cyanogen CEO: Cortana will deeply integrate with Cyanogen OS

Cyanogen CEO: Cortana will deeply integrate with Cyanogen OS

Cyanogen CEO Kirk McMaster is known for not mincing words when it comes to trying to overthrow Google's iron hand over its own product. But now it seems that the startup's strategy for rivaling, if not ending, Google's monopoly over Android is to actually get in bed with a rival. Months after it announced a partnership with Microsoft, one that saw Microsoft's apps pre-installed in its Cyanogen OS, McMaster now claims that it is working with Redmond to integrate Cortana at the OS level instead of just an app on top.

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CyanogenMod update smashes Stagefright

CyanogenMod update smashes Stagefright

This week the folks behind CyanogenMod have released their version 12.1 with an added bonus of a Stagefright fix. This update is something you're going to WANT to get as fast as possible to protect yourself from the potential evils of Stagefright and - if you're not already on Android 5.1 - an update to the perks of that bit of software. This update will not be available for all CyanogenMod-covered devices immediately, but there ARE a whole lot of devices ready to roll from the get-go.

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Britain’s Wileyfox debuts with 2 Cyanogen OS-powered phones

Britain’s Wileyfox debuts with 2 Cyanogen OS-powered phones

Say hello to Wileyfox, a brand new smartphone maker from the UK to enter the Android market with two new devices running Cyanogen OS. From the looks of their new phones, the 5.5-inch Storm and the 5-inch Swift, it seems like Wileyfox will be targeting customers interested reasonably priced devices with mid-level specs, a bit like OnePlus. The company says the Storm and Swift will be available in September and October in the UK and across Europe, but only via their website.

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Nextbit: Android 1.0 crew to “reboot” mobile with new smartphone

Nextbit: Android 1.0 crew to “reboot” mobile with new smartphone

The software group known as Nextbit is turning into a smartphone company. With this change, they suggest that in today's mobile industry, "it's time for a reboot." They're planning on making a splash with executives from the original Android 1.0 team as well as a designer from HTC's "heyday." That's now-VP of Product Scott Croyle, a fellow who today suggests he's "really excited to work on a phone that 'feels" different from anything else out there. Whether or not that means it'll be made of odd materials, we'll just have to see.

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CyanogenMod reveals Gello, an open-source browser for Android

CyanogenMod reveals Gello, an open-source browser for Android

CyanogenMod, the developers of the popular Android ROM of the same name, have just revealed they are working on an open-source browser called Gello, packed with options for customization. The browser is based on Google's Chromium, and is currently in development for Android. CyanogenMod has released a handful of images to tease us with, along with a 5-minute demonstration video.

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Cyanogen, Truecaller want to identify your calls, block spam

Cyanogen, Truecaller want to identify your calls, block spam

Cyanogen has made it no secret that it wants to wrest Android away from Google's monopoly, but it might be getting a bit too eager to replace the functionality and conveniences that Google usually offers. The latest partnership of the Android startup is with Truecaller, a web service that can, or at least tries to, identify the number that is calling you. While it might raise some eyebrows, the purpose, according to the two, is to help users know whether a call is legit or is coming from a known marketing number.

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Cyanogen, Microsoft partnership brings more Bing to Android

Cyanogen, Microsoft partnership brings more Bing to Android

Cyanogen and Microsoft have an interesting relationship. After passing on a funding round to help Cyanogen ‘take Android away from Google’, Microsoft is now partnering with the upstart Android development house to bring their services to Cyanogen OS. With future iterations of Cyanogen OS, users will find Microsoft services bundled natively. In addition to Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office, users will also be subject to Bing search results on Cyanogen. The collaboration will also see Microsoft build “native integrations” for Cyanogen OS.

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Cyanogen’s next step: A BLU phone without Google apps

Cyanogen’s next step: A BLU phone without Google apps

After amassing $80 million in funding, even without Microsoft's help, and being valued at close to $1 billion, the tech world is keeping a close eye on Cyanogen, Inc. That, of course, is no reason for outspoken and, dare we say, almost belligerent CEO Kirt McMaster to start treading lightly and mincing words. In fact, he has fighting words: "We're putting a bullet through Google's head", which is no small undertaking. And it's all going to start with a smartphone that won't have any of Google's popular apps installed.

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Cyanogen earns $80 million in funding for more ‘open’ Android

Cyanogen earns $80 million in funding for more ‘open’ Android

In their ongoing attempt to 'take Android away from Google', Cyanogen was reportedly seeking a little help from some new friends. We’d previously heard Microsoft was interested in helping Cyanogen out, but that ultimately didn’t materialize. While $110 million didn’t happen, $80 million did via a Series C funding round that saw Cyanogen bankroll their efforts for just a bit longer. Though Microsoft has bowed out, Cyanogen did pick up new backers in Qualcomm and Twitter Ventures, as well as Telefonica Ventures.

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