The folks at Cyanogen may have partnered up with Oppo to release the first Google CTS certified CyanogenMod phone, but they’re not stopping there. The team already makes the most widely used custom ROMs for Android devices, now they’re looking to break into the mainstream market. Recently it was announced that Cyanogen’s first hardware partner is a new company called OnePlus that’s headed by ex-Oppo vice president Pete Lau. The company has dropped a few hints about its first CyanogenMod powered device, the OnePlus One, it has pegged the release for the second quarter of 2014.
The company claims to be focusing on design, and it is confident that appearance wise, its phone is “more attractive than just about any phone on the market,” it calls the iPhone an exception. While it hasn’t been revealed what exactly we can expect under the hood, the company has confirmed that this smartphone will be compatible with 4G LTE. It has also revealed that a lightweight iteration of CyanogenMod will power the smartphone, an interation that’s going to be a departure to the familiar CyanogenMod experience we have come to expect on our Android devices. Customized features and new elements have been promised for the OnePlus One. The company is yet to talk about pricing and availability, so we’ll have have to wait and see how this project ultimately turns out.