It was October 2014 and Google would release their Nexus of the year. The expectation was maximum. And there was Double deception. First because they released it without warning (you can imagine the stress that we live in Xataka Android). Second, because the price was not attractive. Nexus 6 broke the line marked by the Nexus 4 and 5 a mobile (not hiperpuntero) attraction at a mid-range price.
By then my Nexus 4, already with two years, gave its latest tail. Despite being one of the mobile happier had I the power is resented, the storage was always full and the battery lasted not much. It was my time to change of terminal.
Nexus 6 was my goal but left me cold. It was not only in price, seemed too big and the camera did not seem much. And also there was something that was around me head back then, the mobile phone that a Chinese company had recently with a strange system of purchase by invitations: Oneplus One.
Attractive specifications, price adjusted… and Cyanogen
Oneplus One came as a breath of fresh air. While Motorola had broken the low range with your Moto G (low range in price but mid-range specifications) Oneplus came to break the middle range, creating what have been called Middle supergama.
In fact, I have the impression that would have filled the hole that let the Nexus if it were not for your invitation system. Even so they managed to have enough relevance and were the model of other brands which began using the SoC until then reserved to the high-end terminals of half price (with concessions, clear).
One of the things that I was appealing the Oneplus One was coming with Cyanogen, the leaders of the CyanogenMod project “professional” operating system. I.e. the Oneplus One official ROM was going to be one of the most famous ROMs of the moment, with very interesting modifications to Android but without losing the essence (for example, Google applications).
The Cyanogen experience
One of the main drawbacks that said people who used Oneplus when it was first released is that the software was little polishing. Certainly, had much experience in cooking ROMs on Cyanogen, but isn’t the same support does not officially a terminal that officially. That trastean with the phone know that there may be problems, things not going fine, etc. but that is not acceptable with the operating system that comes standard with the terminal.
In the first months of Oneplus One there were many OTA correcting errors and improving the user experience. When I bought it in October 2014, the thing was pretty polished. The experience was good, with Android 4.4 Kit Kat.
But what we expected all the users of this terminal is the update to Lollipop. Cyanogen had pledged to upgrade in less than three months to new updates, but they could not meet. Really until April 2015 did not update, while such version was launched in October 2014. There was a question on if really would because of the divorce between Oneplus and Cyanogen and actually this phone users can choose between two official ROM. I stayed in Cyanogen.
With the update already had everything he wanted when I bought the Oneplus One, a terminal is updated to the latest version of Android hardware more than decent and an attractive price. Experience Cyanogen has enough positive things and any negative.
I like especially greater customization capability than a normal Android. The most striking is the ability to install themes which allow to modify, for example, the appearance of the keyboard software from the bottom, or how we want to display the shortcuts menu (sliding down on the right side of the screen or only by sliding down once we’re seeing in the notifications panel).
I also like very much to be able to customize the icon of battery, font, reorder the icons of shortcuts, having the option to restart from the shutdown menu… quite a few details that we miss in pure Android.
Some things didn’t make much sense and were polishing in subsequent updates. For example, audio profiles no longer make sense when it jumped from Kit Kat to Lollipop since priority and do not disturb modes appeared. They were some time but in the end they were removed in an update. And also some applications of series as a Baton, to make backups and that I never understood how it worked.
Also appeared new options within the system, as touch resolution, very useful thing because up to then only you could do with root, and the resolution by default in a 5.5 inch mobile was too large (by the way something like that have gotten into the Samsung Galaxy series S7).
That Yes, some things have been lost or have worsened by the way of upgrades. It is no longer possible to tune the performance of the processor. Tips to download Microsoft applications when you open a compatible document (due to the participation of the company in Cyanogen) appeared. I also had a time of reboots were frequent until I did a factory restore. And the performance of the battery enough leaves to be desired (in fact I have a booster battery with root which improves the experience).
Perhaps the biggest drawback has been the pace of updates. Since left Lollipop with months of delay There has always been this problem. Android 5.1 also took to arrive. And although there were a couple of security updates that came more or less quickly, 6.0 Android Marshmallow has been begging also.
While Android 6.0 was launched last October it was not until early April that the official version of Cyanogen 13 appeared. And are still deploying the OTA, in fact I still have not received it, and your factory image to install is not available officially.
This is perhaps one of the biggest drawbacks. I was accustomed to use the Nexus and when a new version had the update was immediate. Now I have to wait months to receive it and do not think something positive.
The conclusion of Cyanogen is bittersweet. We have a system with a few very good added but with some details that should Polish and normally aren’t in the ROMs of manufacturer. Manufacturers sacrifice functionality so that everything goes fine, which experimented with ROMs want many details and we are willing to support small failures. And I thought that Cyanogen would combine both worlds, i.e., everything working perfectly but with many interesting features, but it is not. Looks more like having a cooked ROM, that if, with full hardware support.
If we add this to the delay in releasing official update I think that when you renew Mobile does not look for with special attention that the terminal has an official ROM Cyanogen. Yes manufacturer update fast and there is a community that remove cooked ROMs if I want to experience, but that is not necessarily a mobile Cyanogen.