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Cyanogen Inc and OnePlus may have been all chummy when the OnePlus One smartphone launched a year ago. It’s a smartphone with high-end specs at a mid-range price, and one of the things that set it apart from the competition was its Cyanogen OS software.
But then the makers of the custom version of Android wanted to branch out, made an exclusive deal for the Indian market with another company, and things got kind of messy.
So it’s not particularly surprising that while Cyanogen has big plans for
world domination global expansion, the company figures it’s unlikely that OnePlus will be launching any new phones with Cyanogen software.
- Cyanogen looking to partner with more Chinese phone makers, but the OnePlus partnership is pretty much over
Cyanogen officials do say they’ll continue to support OnePlus One users who are using their software… although OnePlus also offers an alternative version of Android 5.0 for customers who want to move away from Cyanogen OS. [PC World]
- Report: Ouya could go under… if the startup doesn’t find a buyer soon
Remember when people were really excited about a $99 Android game console for your TV? You know, before it actually came out. [Fortune]
- Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 15.6 ultrabook launches for $1799
This big laptop has a 4K display, NVIDIA GeFroce GTX 960M graphics, and an Intel Core i7 Haswell processor. It first showed up on the international scene in March, but now Asus says it’s available in the US for $1799 and up (although most stores seem to be charging $1999 at the moment). [Asus]
- Ramos Q7 is a 7 inch Windows Phone from China
Want a Windows Phone device, but wish it had a tablet-sized display? [WM Power User]
- China’s Tencent introduces an operating system for wearables
The company may not be a big name in the US, but Tencent is huge in China, where the company runs the popular QQ social network and WeChat messaging service. Now Tencent is launching a platform that could take on Android Wear… at least in China. [Reuters]
- Patch reduces idle power consumption of Intel Haswell, Broadwell chips in Linux
Windows computers with Intel’s 4th and 5th-gen “Core” processors take advantage of new energy-saving features to give you longer battery life. Install Linux on your laptop though, and you might not see the same kind of savings. But some progress is being made to address that discrepancy. [Matthew Garrett]
- Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra tears down the Mi 4i smartphone (video)
Chinese startup Xiaomi’s latest phone isn’t for China… it’s the Mi4i smartphone aimed at Indian customers. The company has already announced that it’d have a Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 5 inch full HD display, and 3120 mAh battery. But sometimes it’s nice to see all those components for yourself: by taking a screwdriver to the hardware and opening it up. [PhoneRadar]