Unofficial CM14 Comes To 1st-Gen Android One Smartphones

Android 7.0 Nougat was released towards the end of August for a number of devices already and today we have the news that an ingenious developer team have made the software available for first generation Android One devices, which use the code name "Sprout." Google released Android 7.0 Nougat for a number of the Nexus smartphones at the end of August and it is also available for one of the newer generation Android One devices, but it is expected to be some time before the platform is officially available for many other devices.

However, this is Android, which has been designed by Google to be an open and accessible platform. Much of the operating system is available to download, modify, tweak, tune and then reassemble by anybody who wishes to do so. This means that when a new update to the platform is released, developers over the world start to work on building their own version of the new platform for devices that are not at that time officially supported. In some cases, these devices will not receive the official update and in others, they will receive the update but in some considerable time in the future. Many ROM developers use an existing build or source ROM to reconstruct in order to suit their target device. For the Sprout hardware platform, this is exactly what we have seen: the developers have reworked a CM14 ROM, based on Nougat, for these first generation Android One devices. CM 14 here means CyanogenMod 14 CM14, a popular third party Android-based ROM for smartphones often originally designed to run Android.

The new ROM is not yet fully functional and is described by the developer as an alpha release. Currently, video and cellular data aren't working: you won't be able to either watch or record video and will not be able to use Internet access away from Wi-Fi. However, calling and texting is working, as is the Wi-Fi connection. The developers are working on getting these respective drivers working with CM14 and the Android One platform and so we can expect progress in the coming weeks and months. Meanwhile, if you are reading this and considering switching your Android One device to the new version of Android, you should be aware that flashing the new software will void any warranty you have on the device and neither Android Headlines, any of the referenced websites, or the ROM developers are responsible for any ill effects. You should also take a backup of your data.

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I grew up with 8-bit computers and moved into PDAs in my professional life, using a number of devices from early Windows CE clamshells and later. Today, my main devices are a Nexus 5X, a Sony Xperia Z Tablet and a coffee cup.
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