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