TrueCaller to be Baked in Cyanogen OS

Cyanogen Fanboys, rejoice! TrueCaller has undergone a partnership with Cyngn, the commercial arm of CyanogenMod. TrueCaller is an app maker which has produced application like Truecaller and TrueDialer and offers them on multiple platforms like Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8. It basically enables a user to know the caller before picking up the call even if they are not on your address book. It is just like having an ultimate contact list. It will also show you if the number is marked as spam.

TrueCaller’s services will be baked into the Cyngn Dialer which will provide features like Caller ID, Enriched contact details and Spam Block. It will be delivered in the form of OTA updates to all the devices running Cyanogen OS (not CyanogenMOD) like YU Yureka and OnePlus One and the future ones too.

As a coin has 2 faces so does this, when you use Truecaller’s “enhanced search” feature,  you are agreeing that Truecaller is allowed to collect and share contact information from your phone with other users of the service which is kind of questionable. Although users will have a choice to use it or not as it comes with opt-in/opt-out feature.

We currently don’t have any more information on the roll out dates but we will keep you up to date as soon as we do.

Thank you Cyngn for providing us with this information.

Cyanogen Partnership Will Bring Microsoft Apps to Android

Cyanogen has confirmed rumours that it has entered into a partnership with Microsoft to bring the software giant’s apps to Android phones. The partnership will see Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office made available as a bundle for the Cyanogen OS later this year, with Microsoft working on “native integrations” for the softwares.

Cyanogen is the creator of the CyanogenMod, an open-source operating system distribution based on Google’s Android OS for smartphones and tablets that supports native theming and the FLAC audio codec, with a large Access Point Name list, an OpenVPN client, and an enhanced reboot menu.

Microsoft is said to have been trialling Android integration for some time now, with the company even developing a custom ROM that converts Android devices to Windows 10, all aimed at tempting customers away from Google’s mobile operating system.

“People around the world use Cyanogen’s operating system and popular Microsoft services to engage with what matters most to them on their mobile devices,” Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen Inc., said. “This exciting partnership with Microsoft will enable us to bring new kinds of integrated services to mobile users in markets around the world.”

According to Microsoft, it will “continue to deliver world-class experiences across productivity and communications on Windows, and we’re delighted that Cyanogen users will soon be able to take advantage of those same powerful services.”

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Security Affairs.

Cyanogen 12 is Finally Available for the OnePlus One

Cyanogen just announced that Cyanogen 12, the Android 5.0 Lollipop version is finally done and available for OnePlus One owners. The update had taken so much longer than expected that OnePlus created the OxygenOS Rom for its users to be able to update to Android Lollipop.

The drama between OnePlus and Cyanogenmod was interesting to watch there these last couple months with words being exchanged by both companies. Kirt McMaster, Cyanogenmod CEO took to Twitter on March 31st to say “guys… calm the f down… it’s coming soon… when ready!” something that didn’t sit well with everyone. Now they have finally come out with the update and everyone can be happy for now. The new Cyanogen 12 contains many updated apps and utilities, including a theming engine called App Themer. The new Cyanogen email debuts in the new ROM, containing Exchange support, the ability to handle multiple accounts, and many customization options. The new ROM will soon be an OTA update for those who are running the stock Cyanogen ROM that came with the One. If you are inclined to do it yourself now the zip file can be found here.

Thank you, Android Police for providing us with this information

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Microsoft Could Invest in Android Spin-Off Cyanogen

Rumours suggest that Microsoft is considering investing in Cyanogen, creator of the CyanogenMod ROM, the Android-based firmware that offers an “enhanced open source firmware distribution” of Android, but without Google branding.

The Wall Street Journal, through “people familiar with the matter”, is reporting that Microsoft is weighing up investing $70 million during Cyanogen’s latest financing round.

Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen last week made the bold assertion that “We’re going to take Android away from Google.”

Source: Hexus

First Google CTS-Certified CyanogenMod Phone To Be The Oppo N1

The Oppo N1 which will arrive with CyanogenMod 10.2 out of the box has recently passed Google’s compatibility test suite, meaning that it will officially be able to support Google’s Play Store and that Oppo N1 owners will be able to install apps of their choice.

This is the moment which marks the very first time that CyanogenMod has been certified by Google for a smartphone device. Oppo also shared that the smartphone which will run on CyanogenMod 10.2 will be made available starting December 24th, but it remains to be seen whether the price will still be $599 or more expensive now. But at least there is another addition to be considered other than the upcoming smartphones like the Nexus and Google Play Edition handsets, if you are in the market for a close stock Android experience.

Still, it is nice to see that enthusiasts will be able to finally enjoy Google Play the legit way instead of performing a sideloading process. Fans of CyanogenMod will be eagerly awaiting the release of these Google certified CyanogenMod Phones.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information
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