It’s been an interesting year for Cyanogen and their version of Android, CyanogenMod (CM). For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure CyanogenMod is a variant of Android that offers users a stock Android experience on a custom ROM. There is little doubt that CyanogenMod has become the go-to custom ROM with the company building up a user base which can claim over 12 million downloads. However, the last twelve months have certainly been the company’s biggest year. Cyanogen only officially became an incorporated (inc) company barely a year ago and in that time have seen their custom ROM became the pre-installed (out of the box) operating system on a couple of devices. Most notably the OPPO N1 and the illusive OnePlus One. In addition, the company has seen great interest from the real big boys like Microsoft, Yahoo and even Google all interested in purchasing the company. In fact, it was just over two weeks ago that it was reported Cyanogen had actually turned down an acquisition offer from Google.
A few days after the reported Google turndown another interesting rumor surfaced suggesting Cyanogen were planning to partner with the Indian OEM Micromax to bring CyanogenMod pre-installed on devices in India. At the time this was just a rumor with no hard details provided. Well now it seems the rumor was true and today it was announced that Micromax are definitely working to bring CyanogenMod to India as a pre-installed ROM.
In fact as well as the confirmation, it was also announced that the first collaboration between the two will be the Micromax Canvas 5. It obviously goes without saying that the device will come running on CM and it is expected this will be CM11, the equivalent to Android 4.4.4. The other noted specs for the device include a 5″ Full HD display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Inside the device will come loaded with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and will be powered by a new MediaTek MT67xx Octa-core chip. The device will be “elegantly” crafted with an aluminium body which is quoted to be very similar in build quality to the Canvas 4+ smartphone. In addition, the device will come loaded with a whopping 18MP rear camera and an equally big 5MP front shooter. Further details at the moment are limited although the source report is advising that the device will be priced locally just below Rs 22,000 which equates to just shy of $360. The only additional detail worth noting is Cyanogen are apparently working with a Chinese OEM to produce the device which may come as a surprise to many Micromax fans. Lastly, the source report does suggest the device should land sometime later this year. So what do you think? CyanogenMod and Micromax – are they a well-suited duo? Are you happy to see another phone sporting CyanogenMod out of the box? Whatever your thoughts let us know.