Google approves first Cyanogen Phone

It was a decision that had many Android geeks holding their breaths, with the biggest ones being held by the team of Cyanogen Inc. About three months ago, Cyanogen Inc. (then simply CyanogenMod) had announced the decision to go incorporated, and had announced a tie-up with an OEM we now know to be Oppo. They had then applied for verification from Google to allow the users of their own version of Android to use Google services, the most important being the Play Store. Well, guess what? Google has given Oppo and Cyanogen Inc the go-ahead to release the first Cyanogen phone.

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Cyanogen has previously stated via many avenues such as their AMA on Reddit, that receiving certification for the Cyanogen Phone would be a difficult task, and it has certainly proven to be arduous. That is hardly a surprise, seeing as how Google had no hesitation in removing Cyanogen’s installer app on the Play Store within 15 days of it going up (don’t worry, you can still get it from cyanogenmod.org).

Oppo claims for their N1 to be “officially the world’s first Google CTS-Certified CyanogenMod phone”, and if everything goes according to plan, the device will launch on the 24th of December, which is just 2 days away.

Here’s a demo video released by Cyanogen Inc to help you understand more.

The device will be running an obviously rooted version of Android 4.2.2 Jellybean via CM 10.2. The specs of the N1 are also quite decent, having a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S600 quad-core processor, Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It also has a colossal 5.9 inch Full HD (1080p) screen, and a massive 3610 mAh battery to support that. A very interesting and unique feature that the N1 has is the ability to rotate the 13MP camera module, so that it can act as the front-facing camera as well as the standard rear facing one too. It won’t be supporting a micro-SD card though, so you’ll only have the option of either 16 or 32 GB of storage.

For now, there isn’t any word of availability outside the US or how much it will cost, but a standard 16GB Oppo N1 model without the special software is selling around the $599 USD (or £366/about AU$671) price range.

What do you think about the Cyanogen Phone? Will you be looking to get one? Tell us about it in the comments!

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