Yesterday CyanogenMod officially announced the company has now added support for Android One smartphones, and the first official release of CM for Android One devices.
Android One is a standard created by Google for Android systems, mainly targeted at people buying their first smartphone, and customers in the developing world.
Android One smartphones are loaded with stock Android operating systems, without the any vendor-specific modifications that many smartphone vendors load on to most smartphones. CyanogenMod explains :
“Android One represents Google’s attempt at reaching “the next billion users” – starting today, CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat) builds are available for the ‘sprout’ devices. As the devices are currently setup for CM11 only (work on CM12 is in progress) these builds will trickle once a week, every Sunday.
This release represents a few firsts for us. Not only are these the first Android One devices and first official release of CM for these devices, the Android One device is the first ever officially supported Mediatek device. Mediatek (MTK) devices have been notoriously difficult for the developer community to complete fully functional bring-ups, and this marks a milestone in that effort.
The kudos for this goes to a young upstart CM contributor Varun Chitre, who had the beginnings of CM on the Android One kicked off within two weeks of Google’s launch. He’s dedicated his time since October to bring this device to Android One users, in addition to his duties and part of FXP (CM Sony device maintainers).
The ‘sprout’ builds are unified for all three Android One devices (due in large part to their similar hardware).”
For more information on the new support for Android One added by CyanogenMod jump over to the official CM website via the link below.