Android One is Google’s initiative to help smartphone makers deliver inexpensive Android phones that provide a high quality user experience. Google provides the software and helps device makers choose hardware that’s known to work well, and the end result are phones that sell for around $100 and up and which feature software support and updates delivered by Google.

But if you’ve got one of the first Android One phones and would rather have experimental features than official support, you can unlock the bootloader, install a custom recovery, and replace the software that came with your phone with a custom ROM.

It’s now possible to install CyanogenMod on an Android One smartphone.

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CyanogenMod is a custom version of Android based on Android Open Source Project code. It’s known for offering users more customization options than you get from Google. You can also sign up for an optional CyanogenMod account if you want to use the company’s new remote lock and wipe features, among other things.

Developer varun.chitre15 has ported CyanogenMod 11 to run on Android One devices and reports that sensors, graphics, touchscreen, cameras, sensors, and phone call functions are working.

As of October 7th, 2014 there are still a few important things that are not working, including WiFi and aGPS. Mobile data is also only partially working.

The first Android One phones are powered by MediaTek processors and offered by Micromax, Spice, and Karbonn in India.

via xda-developers

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3 replies on “Now you can run CyanogenMod on Android One smartphones”

  1. My phone is lenovo s650, it has same mediatek 6582 soc on it. Can someone share the android one rom, i want flash with it.

  2. I respect the work of the CM team and of all others that are porting CM to devices, but if i had A1 smartphone, i would stick to the original A1.
    On my previous smartphones, CM was my choice between custom or stock rom. If G. is providing a clean, stable and up2date rom (even is not that customisable), imho stick with it. For the brave ones, there is CM!

    1. I would guess that most users who are interested in flashing CM are either just into experimenting, or are motivated by privacy / security concerns (which are if anything more significant in the developing world these phones are being marketed to).

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