From new Windows and Office upgrades, to Satya's sleep, Samsung slip-ups, OnePlus invites, dual-boot WinDroids, and a smelly Google patent, we look back at highlights from this week's top tech news.
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After Microsoft reportedly invested in Cyanogen last month, it has now emerged that Cyanogen is getting cosy with more companies who have an interest in 'diminishing Google's control over Android'.
From Office intrigue and Windows 10 revelations, to Google's apology, faster 'broadband', the end of the Surface 2, and a LOT of iPhones, we look back at highlights from this week's top tech news.
OnePlus has announced that the new ROM for its One (and only) handset will be called 'OxygenOS', and has committed to keeping it "open, customizable, and free of bloat and unnecessary features."
Microsoft is said to be investing in the company that develops the CyanogenMod user experience for Android devices, in a round of equity financing worth around $70 million.
OnePlus has released a public 'alpha' preview version of its new Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM, which is available to download and install now - and it looks very similar to the standard Lollipop release.
While the OnePlus One is still a fairly difficult handset to purchase, it looks like OnePlus might already have a successor in the works that could be launching in Q1 of 2015.
In an ongoing dispute with Micromax and Cyanogen, OnePlus has had the ban on its OnePlus One smartphone lifted after the Delhi High Court orders a new trial, viewing Cyanogen as the villain of it all.
To close out the year, I am naming the OnePlus One the flagship handset of the year. Although flawed, its robust feature set and ridiculous price make this device a stand out amongst the crowd.
Following a ruling by the Delhi High Court, Chinese manufacturer OnePlus can no longer sell their CyanogenMod powered smartphone in India due to Cyanogen's exclusivity deal with Micromax.
OnePlus has announced that its smartphone won't be updated to latest versions of CyanogenMod in India due to Cyanogen's deal with a local manufacturer, but will get a different ROM instead
While giving an interview OnePlus co-founder, Carl Pei, mentioned he's looking forward to the company selling a million devices - double than the current numbers - by the end of this year.
Cyanogen, Inc, the company behind the popular after market Android ROM CyanogenMod, has reportedly declined an acquisition bid from Google in order to keep the platform open.
Microsoft is said to be interested in Cyanogen, a highly popular version of Android, and that the company has met with Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, in the recent weeks.
OnePlus has recently launched its device amidst a wild campaign and invite only purchasing system. OnePlus has revealed that its flagship device will be available to the general public in late June.
Two screenshots have leaked showing the reported Cyanogen Inc. custom OS for the new OnePlus One handset. The One will be debuting on April 23rd for a price under $400.
The team behind the CyanogenMod firmware for Android plans to grow its user base to become larger than Windows Phone, with $7m in funding and a hardware manufacturer partnership to be announced soon.
Renowned Android developer and custom ROM extraordinaire, Steve Kondik (aka Cyanogen and father of CyanogenMod), has revealed that he has joined the Samsung Mobile team as a software engineer.