Oppo N1 Google CTS certification: what does that mean?

In the ever-expanding universe of Android devices, there are two distinct groups – those that are certified by Google, and those that are not. The big difference here is shown in the new Oppo brand device Oppo N1, a machine that up until this week was not certified by Google. Just this week they've announced that they have become certified by Google CTS and CDD, meaning they're allowed to use the Google Play store.

That's not all this certification means: It means they're included in Google's database of Android builds. It means their devices will come stocked with all the standard Google-made Android apps. It means they'll appear in your Google Play collection of Android devices for web browser-based installs of apps.

"The Oppo N1 device running CyanogenMod 10.2 has officially passed Google's CTS and CDD certification programs, which marks a major milestone for everyone in this project, not just those working on the N1 project itself. This has been something a long time in the making, ever since CM 4.0.4." – Ciwrl for CyanogenMod

And it means, in general, that Google gives them the thumbs-up as far as their vision of a happy, healthy Android environment goes. Certainly interesting given the fact that the Oppo N1 is so closely tied with CyanogenMod.

The CyanogenMod version of the Oppo N1 comes stocked with the alternate Android build right out of the box. The original Oppo N1 will work with an unlocked build and an extremely easy-to-flash build of CyanogenMod as well. This CyanogenMod version of the Oppo N1 will be shipping as of the 24th of December – happy day!

Google's approval of this device means big (positive) things for CyanogenMod, needless to say. Have a peek at a recent collection of Oppo bits and pieces in the timeline below, and stick around – Oppo's moving up!