Marshmallow-Based Cyanogen 13 Comes to The OnePlus One

It has been a long wait and one that more than a few (Clinton raises his hand) thought would happen.  Android Marshmallow has finally comes to the OnePlus One thanks to the release of Cyanogen 13 for the device.  While Cyanogen has been working on Marshmallow for a variety of devices, it wasn’t clear if the OnePlus One, OnePlus’ original phone from 2014, would see it as the companies have parted ways from a business perspective.  For now, at least, those concerns are settled.

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CyanogenMod Starts Marshmallow Nightly Builds

CyanogenMod, the independent developer who has created Android builds for a multitude of devices including the OnePlus One, has announced on their blog that they have started rolling out CM13, their Android Marshmallow based image.  The updates are a part of what they call nightlies which means that every night they will be releasing an update to the build for developers and those with a sense of adventure to try.  Currently the nightlies are being released for the OnePlus One, Nexus 7, LG G4, LG GPad 7.0, LG G3 (Verizon), Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and the Moto X 2014.

In the post, CyanogenMod indicates that the plan is to release a formal build (what they call a Snapshot) in January so if you do not want to unlock your device & bootloader, flash the device yourself nightly and deal with backups, you can simply wait until January and you will get an OTA update from CM12.1 to CM13.  Doing the nightlies is really aimed for those who can and are willing to beta test as this is very much a beta build. If you are not up to the task, don’t install it.  There will be bugs and it will impact your daily use of your device in some cases.

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Cyanogen 12.1 for OnePlus Now Has Boxer Calendar

Earlier today the Cyanogen 12.1 build was released for OnePlus One owners. The update brings Lollipop 5.1.1 to the device along with several other changes unique to Cyanogen. One of those changes is the inclusion of the new Boxer Calendar app as the default calendar app.

For those who aren’t familiar with Boxer, they have for a long time produced arguably one of the better email apps for Android and recently released the Boxer Calendar app to complement it. The two apps interact well with each other and should provide a solid email and calendar solution for many users.  For those who don’t have Boxer Calendar and are looking for a good calendar solution for your Android phone or tablet, you can get it in the Google Play Store.

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Lollipop 5.1.1 Rolls Out to OnePlus One via Cyanogen 12.1

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OnePlus One owners, Lollipop 5.1.1 is finally rolling out.  The Cyanogen 12.1 update, which is based on Lollipop 5.1.1 is starting to roll out via an over-the-air update.  The update is a rolling update so it may not be there for your phone just yet (I know my OnePlus One hasn’t seen it yet) so be patient.  It will be coming to you over the course of the next few days.

There are a lot of improvements, fixes and changes in Lollipop 5.1.1 that OnePlus One owners will benefit from and of course this will put you on the latest update of Lollipop which isn’t such a bad thing.

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The OnePlus 2 – What We Know So Far

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One of the most anticipated Android phone releases of 2015 will be the OnePlus 2, the follow up to the highly successful OnePlus One from the Chinese manufacture OnePlus.  There have been a huge number of leaks, rumors and guesses as to what the OnePlus 2 will look like, it’s price, what it will have powering it and when it will actually be released. The challenge of course is separating the fiction from fact and, to their credit, OnePlus has been doing a pretty good job of confirming and denying these leaks and rumors as they have come out.

To help set things straight, I’ve put together a list of the things that we know for sure about the OnePlus 2.  These are all confirmed by OnePlus themselves.  I have purposely avoided rumor posts just to get visitors to my site and I stand firm in that.  What you won’t find in this post are supposed leaked images of the phone or other guesses.  It’s just facts.

That said, I have been clear in my opinion that the OnePlus 2 is critical to the long term success of OnePlus.  It has to be a success for the long term sustainability of the company.

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OnePlus One To Get Lollipop 5.1 This Month

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OnePlus One owners today got a bit of mixed news from the Chinese manufacture when it comes to Lollipop 5.1 updates.  The good news is if you are on Cyanogen as your Android build, you are likely a matter of days or weeks away.  For those however who opted to run the OxygenOS you will have to wait a bit longer as all resources within the company are focused on their next generation of device, the OnePlus 2.  The news came from the OnePlus forums and was posted by Helen, one of the staff members of the company.

First the good news.  If you are running Cyanogen, CM 12.1 (the Lollipop 5.1 build) is currently undergoing testing and is being certified by Google.  This is a key step to any release being made and equally it shows that they are well down the path of getting 5.1 to everyone.

Now the wait for it news…

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