First Google-approved Cyanogenmod phone, Oppo N1, now on sale

Today the team behind CyanogenMod, the popular open source community-built Android operating system, announced their first Google-approved phone for retail sale: The Oppo N1. The phone, which CyanogenMod says is the culmination of over fours years of work by CM contributors and developers, is currently available for purchase from the team's online store at a price of $599. All copies of the phone are shipped with the popular CyanogenMod operating system, the source code of which will, according to the team, be made available along with the phone. 

In marking more good news for the device, Google has also cleared the phone with its CTS (or Compatibility Test Suite), which means that those wishing to purchase apps may do so directly from the Google Play store instead of having to sideload them. The phone also boasts a 13 megapixel camera, a customized security system called Privacy Guard, and a wealth of customizable themes.

2013 has been a strong year for CyanogenMod overall, marking a few milestones for the developers: Earlier this week, the OS hit 10 million installs - a major benchmark for the company, placing it as one of the most popular custom Android ROMs. In the spring, the team incorporated into a company and moved into two offices in Seattle and Palo Alto. The company seemingly has big dreams for the future, as it promises more great things to come in 2014. 

Watch the CyanogenMod Oppo N1 release video below:

Source: CyanogenMod | Image via Oppo

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I ran CM back when I had my Galaxy S2. It's a really nice mode that's based on AOSP with some tweaks and additions. No bloatware, silly themes, etc. I presume it's still the same just with a later Android version at it's core?

I saw the original videos for the N1 a couple of months ago and it looked like a great high-end phone with some nifty extras, like the rotatable camera and the "O-Click" button (it acts as a remote shutter for the camera, and if you can't find your phone, you can use it to set off your phone like a car ). Definitely competes on price too; in Europe it's €449 for the 16GB model and €479 for the 32GB model. A full €250 less than the 16GB iPhone 5S. Just a shame the Nexus 5 came out first, otherwise I may have stumped up the extra cash for this.

Great phone, no Samsung/HTC garbage... but there's two problems.

Lack of SD Card reader
Too big/heavy (It has good battery life at least)

FalseAgent said,

you know what else it doesn't have? A FLOPPY DRIVE.

You didn't just try to say micro SD is outdated as floppies did you?