OnePlus 3 owners can now download nightly builds of CyanogenMod 13. To the uninitiated, CyanogenMod or any other community-supported ROM refines the stock software on Android smartphones.
The OnePlus One released in 2014 pre-loaded with the commercial version of CyanogenMod known as Cyanogen OS. However, succeeding OnePlus models such as the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X did not.
Luckily for the OnePlus 3 owners, they can now swap the pre-installed Oxygen OS with the open-source variant of Cyanogen. It is worth stating that CyanogenMod 13 is based on Android Marshmallow, Google’s sixth major version of the Android OS.
Nightly builds of CyanogenMod 13 can be manually downloaded here. Android Police noted that OnePlus 3 owners must first have a reliable custom recovery before installing the ZIP files. Additionally, smartphone tweakers should keep in mind that nightly builds contain many incomplete features. While users get an amazing experience, they are also equally likely to encounter bugs and crashes.
As for Cyanogen, there were talks that the Android OS developer has hit a financial crisis. Cyanogen has allegedly dismissed one-fifth of its employees and is currently transitioning to app development. Cyanogen CEO Kirk McMaster has since spoken up about the malicious rumors.
“Cyanogen NOT pivoting to apps. We are an OS company and our mission of creating an OPEN ANDROID stands,” he posted on his official Twitter account on Monday. “FALSE reporting was outstanding.”
McMaster did confirm, via a prior tweet, that the company had laid off a few of its personnel. A particular cutoff figure was never revealed.
Writing on the Cyanogen blog site, company co-founder Steve Kondik re-iterated McMaster’s statements. He clarified that CyanogenMod is here to stay and Cyanogen Inc. is committed to bring the custom ROM to a larger audience.
“Cyanogen Inc (including myself) will still be sponsoring the project and will continue to have an active role in it’s development,” said Kondik. “Contrary to popular belief, we are not ‘pivoting to apps’ nor are we shelving CM.”
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