Google gives thumbs-up to first Cyanogen phone

In a first for the custom Android ROM community, Google signals its approval to ship a phone with CyanogenMod preinstalled.

Google has approved of Cyanogen's plan to ship CyanogenMod on an Oppo N1. Cyanogen

Come Christmas Eve, CyanogenMod will be the first third-party version of Android to ship on a phone out of the box.

Noted CyanogenMod and Android developer Koushik Datta revealed that Google has approved of a CyanogenMod version of the Oppo N1 to ship on December 24. No other details were revealed in the post, although the currently available version of the N1 costs $599 and is carrier-independent. Cyanogen has produced a commercial for the phone, embedded below, in which the phone is called the Oppo N1 CM Edition. It will run the Google Apps suite out of the box, as opposed to the standard version of CyanogenMod where the user must install the Google Apps suite after installing the custom ROM.

The current Oppo N1 stands out for its enormous 5.9-inch display and rotating camera, but lacks LTE support. The CyanogenMod-powered N1 will be available from the Oppo online store.

The plan to ship CyanogenMod on phones has excited the developer community as a possible way to combat what they see as carrier interference with the Android operating system.

Updated at 3:09 p.m. PT with Cyanogen's N1 commercial and official phone name, and details on Google Apps on the phone.

Updated at 1:25 p.m. PT on where to purchase the Cyanogen N1.

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