Pete Lau, the distinguished engineer from Oppo, had announced earlier that he left the company to pursue something new. It was known that it involved CyanogenMod and its CTO Steve Kondik, but now we know what exactly they are upto. Pete Lau is now the CEO of a new hardware start up called OnePlus, and unsurprisingly, its software partner will be Cyanogen Inc. which will power its phones, starting with the flagship “OnePlus One”. No, we are not making that up.
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Over the past few months, Oppo has come up as one of the most notable smartphone brands emerging out of China. The company had trumpeted their appreciation for CyanogenMod and made it easy for users to shift to the third party ROM on their phones. However it looks like the company’s VP Pete Lau will be leaving Oppo to launch a new brand in association with Cyanogen’s Steve Kondik. The two are all set to create a new smartphone that will be powered by the CyanogenMod ROM and have high end specifications. Continue reading “Oppo’s Pete Lau teams up with Steve Kondik to create the perfect Android flagship”
If a report from a Chinese media publication is to be believed, Samsung was apparently interested in acquiring the Cyanogen Mod OS. The report/interview claims that these intentions eventually led to Steve Kondik, the CyanogenMod founder, to quit his day job as a software engineer at Samsung. It’s from a popular Chinese tabloid so it’s better we take this with a pinch of salt, but the news is not surprising at all. Samsung is the biggest player in Android and if recent developments like an exclusive dev event and the seemingly parallel services layer in the latest updates of Touchwiz are to be believed, their aspirations to have a separate OS, which is something like an Android fork, is not unfathomable.
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