Android’s geek community has been awaiting this device for a long time, ever since it has been announced. Oppo’s announcement four days ago raised the excitement level further, when they said that they would be releasing the first CyanogenPhone yesterday. Well, Merry Christmas Android fans! The world’s first CyanogenPhone is now on sale!
An Oppo N1 through and through in terms of hardware, the key difference is in the software. Customers can now choose whether they want Android or CyanogenMod OS on their device, the heavily-modified version of Android favored by those willing to tweak their smartphones beyond what Android even allows.
The device is on sale for $599 USD at limited retailers and the Oppo store. It will be a limited edition device, and comes in baby blue, complete with Oppo’s logo. It’s hardware specs include a quad-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S600, 2 GB RAM, a 5.9 inch Full HD IPS LCD display, 16/32 GB storage non-expandable storage, and a 3610 mAh non-removable battery. What is really innovative is the 13 MP swivel camera, which can act as the rear and front-facing camera.
The N1 is the only device to come preinstalled with CyanogenMod, but it’s all been cleared by Google: Mountain View has certified the device, allowing the N1 to include Google Play and Google apps. Cyanogen has also released the source code so that N1 users can further customize their phones.
Cyanogen is hoping its version of Android will become the third-most popular mobile operating system in the world after iOS and Android. The company recently raised $23 million from investors, and the shipment of its first phone shows it’s on its way.