Google isn’t giving the Android One program the love is deserves and with Lollipop being available from quite some time now, customers who were promised with quick software updates are still left in the dark. But there’s still a ray of hope and it comes via CyanogenMod which has announced that it will officially support the series.
On its official blog, CyanogenMod disclosed that tinkerers will be able to flash its custom Android OS on Android One smartphones. The same firmware can be dumped on all three handsets currently available in India and it should also be compatible with the Symphony roar A50 which is available in Bangladesh.
The reason for this is because all four handsets, namely the Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream Uno and Karbon Sparkle V as well as the Symphony device share almost identical specifications. For now, only CM11 is available which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and new releases will be uploaded every Sunday.
Do note, that these are nightly builds which means that they can be unstable and are not intended to be a daily driver. CyanogenMod has revealed that they’re already working on Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Android one series, but there’s no release date or timeframe for the OS. Also, this is the first time the software company is officially supporting devices with a MediaTek processor.
Common specs found on current Android One devices:
– OS: Android 4.4 KitKat (Lollipop update expected soon)
– Display: 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display
– Processor: 1.3GHz quad core MediaTek processor
– Memory: 1GB RAM, 4GB storage, 32GB expandable
– Connectivity: HSPA+, dual SIM, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0
– Camera: 2MP front, 5MP rear
– Battery: 1700mAh
The CyanogenMod 11 custom builds for Android One can be found under the Sprout (Google’s codename for the project) category on the software developer’s website.