• CyanogenMod 11S on the OnePlus One

    As my first week with the OnePlus One continues, I'm getting to know its OS. I'm already very familiar with CyanogenMod—it was the first ROM I put on my Nexus One back in the day, and CM11 M8 is running on my Nexus 5 right now. But CyanogenMod on the OnePlus One is a bit of a different beast; version 11s is only available for this device.

    Let's have a look!



    Here's the OPO's default home screen. Cyanogen calls it Trebuchet; it looks and acts a lot like the Google Now Launcher, with some notable exceptions: Google Now itself does not live one screen to the left of home and, perhaps more importantly, Trebuchet lets you remove that persistent search bar across the top of your screens.

    That clock/weather widget comes bundled with CM as something called "cLock"; it's also available for purchase in the Play Store as Chronus. More on those custom icons in a bit...



    I'm digging the clean look of this lock screen. You can also add widgets here if you like, but you can't change the background colour of that big, blue block—at least not in this current version of CM.



    I switched from using the OPO's capactive buttons to the on-screen ones for two reasons: (1) to access Google Now via the slide-up navigation ring, and (2) to add these very handy custom shortcuts.



    Another OPO customization is this ribbon of quick settings across the top of the notification bar, a feature lifted from AOKP. Gotta give credit where it's due!



    If you've never had the pleasure of using a custom Android ROM, these quick settings tiles are fully customizable. Take that, stock Android!



    Here's a feature that has made MIUI very popular in Asia and beyond: a storefront for custom themes. Lots of Android launchers have theme support—that is, support for custom wallpapers and app icons—but the themes here jave custom boot animations as well—just like MIUI!



    As I mostly listen to podcasts I'll plead ignorance on this particular feature, but audiophiles will no doubt appreciate CM's new AudioFX app.



    Finally, my favourite feature of CyanogenMod. I've written about Privacy Guard before; in the months since the Cyanogen team has re-jiggered it so it works almost exactly the same as the old LBE Privacy Guard bundled with MIUI. Turn this feature on and be amazed at what some app developers try to harvest from your device!

    So that's CyanogenMod on the OnePlus One... Tune in tomorrow for some pro tips on really making this device your own.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: CyanogenMod 11S on the OnePlus One started by acurrie View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. futurephone's Avatar
      futurephone -
      I want one! 😭 It's just so good! 🙇😫

      ETA: If they were available to just purchase, without the waiting period, I'd definitely splurge. That ROM is wonderful looking. (I can't try any custom ROMs on my Nexus because I still haven't bothered to get a working computer. But I noticed you said that one is specific to the OnePlus One.)
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Correct. You can also install "stock" Cyanogen, which is pre-rooted but doesn't have a lot of these extra customizations.

      Link: CyanogenMod M8 snapshot for OnePlus One
    1. futurephone's Avatar
      futurephone -
      Quote Originally Posted by acurrie View Post
      Correct. You can also install "stock" Cyanogen, which is pre-rooted but doesn't have a lot of these extra customizations.

      Link: CyanogenMod M8 snapshot for OnePlus One
      Oh, that's good to know! Maybe once my Nexus gets older and I get a new primary phone I'll try that. Thanks for these great articles on the OnePlus One!
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Good phone, lousy marketing, even worse customer service(you have to pay very high shipping to return/replace it, see here: http://phandroid.com/2014/07/14/onep...rdware-defect/ ) You were a lucky one, acurrie. Hope you don't end up with the "yellow band of death"....and I had such high hopes for this one *sigh*
    1. futurephone's Avatar
      futurephone -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      Good phone, lousy marketing, even worse customer service(you have to pay very high shipping to return/replace it, see here: http://phandroid.com/2014/07/14/onep...rdware-defect/ ) You were a lucky one, acurrie. Hope you don't end up with the "yellow band of death"....and I had such high hopes for this one *sigh*
      I never expect perfection although it's nice when it happens. I wouldn't RMA over that. For those who really can't deal with imperfections or variations there's Apple. In order to handle huge amounts of complaints a company needs a serious profit margin. If users can't deal with imperfections, a start up company is the last place they should spend their money.
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      You were a lucky one, acurrie. Hope you don't end up with the "yellow band of death"....and I had such high hopes for this one *sigh*
      Yeah, no yellow banding on my OPO so far... Invites seem to be rolling out to a lot of forum members this month, so I wouldn't give up hope just yet!
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Quote Originally Posted by acurrie View Post
      Invites seem to be rolling out to a lot of forum members this month, so I wouldn't give up hope just yet!
      OnePlus forum members, just to be clear...