January 23, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Oppo has made great strides in becoming a very developer friendly company, from attending XDA:DevCon to providing much needed kernel source code and developer information. Perhaps some of the most exciting news was that a version of the Oppo N1 became the first phone to officially come with CyanogenMod preinstalled from the factory.
Recently, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan reviewed the Oppo N1, but didn’t have a chance to get a copy of the official CyanogenMod to review. In the episode of XDA Developer TV, TK reviews the Oppo N1 with official CyanogenMod. He compares it to the original ColorROM and gives his thoughts of the experience. So check out this video.
December 26, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Just two days ago, we talked about the release of the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition, as well as its factory images and source code. While the device’s large dimensions make it somewhat of a niche device, the N1 is a device aimed to please those looking for a very large phone. The N1 is also great for those who value support from an OEM that actively caters to the development and enthusiast communities.
Alongside the release of the N1 CM Edition, Oppo stated that an official CM build for the standard edition device would be released shortly. Now two days later, they have made good on their promise, thanks to a complete update that removes the default ColorOS in favor of the AOSP-derived CyanogenMod 10.2.
It is important to note that to install the official CM build, you should be on stock software and with stock recovery. If you need to revert to stock recovery after having flashed an aftermarket recovery such as TWRP, head over to XDA Recognized Contributor Harfainx‘s stock recovery thread to revert back to stock. Once you have the stock recovery installed, download the CM package from the source link and perform a local update from the System Update utility.
If you’re a standard edition Oppo N1 owner lusting after the CM Edition, today’s your lucky day. Leave us your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the Oppo N1 forums to get in on the discussion!
[Source: Oppo Forums]
December 24, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
The almost ludicriously sized Oppo N1 isn’t exactly a device aimed at everyone. No, its gargantuan dimensions simply preclude it from much mass market appeal. But for those of you who can handle the device’s macroscopic proportions, Christmas has come a little early—one day early, to be exact.
Earlier today, the CyanogenMod team announced that a version of the N1 with CyanogenMod 10.2 preinstalled has just gone on sale. The device is available directly on the Oppo Style website for $600 US. But for that price, and at with such large dimensions, it’s difficult to imagine the N1 CM Edition displacing the crowd favorite Nexus 5 any time soon. In any case, this is still a momentous occasion, as the N1 CM Edition is now the first device to come bundled with CyanogenMod, as well as the first time that CyanogenMod has come with bundled Gapps since Google’s C&D letter many years ago
In order to keep everything as open as possible, the CM team has already provided factory images for the CM Edition of the device, as well as kernel and device-specific source code. This is, of course, for the preinstalled CM 10.2-flavored build of AOSP-derived Jelly Bean goodness. And for those who would like to try their hand at cooking up a KitKat ROM for the device, the CM team has provided apq8064-common device source code.
Are you thinking of picking up an Oppo N1 CM Edition? If you do, will you shout out an endless stream of cheesy Oppo CyanogenMod Style jokes? Let us know in the comments below. And for those of you who may have missed it, be sure to check out our recent review of the standard version of the device.
It’s been a little over a year since Oppo made its entry into the smartphone market with devices like the Oppo Find 5. Previous devices have been very well received and reviewed. Can we say the same of their newest offering, the Oppo N1? Check out the video review or keep reading to find out.
December 4, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Oppo N1. The Oppo N1 is hot news in the Android ecosystem. It is the device that is pushing the limit of phone size, and some say even phablet size. This thing is huge. But as usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Oppo N1 is no exception!
Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Oppo N1 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. First, Jordan shows you how to gain root access using XDA Senior Recognized Developer Jcase’s APK root exploit. Then, he installs TWRP and OmniROM. If you wanted to root your Oppo N1, take a moment and check this video out.
November 25, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The T-Mobile and AT&T variants of the Moto X get Android 4.4 KitKat, hitting the public not long after it was released for the Verizon model! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that Sony is expanding its KitKat rollout list to include more Xperias and that the Xposed Framework now works with Android 4.4!
In other important news, Jordan talks about the article talking about how XDA Elite Recognized Developer jcase has rooted the Moto X Android 4.4 KitKat. There is another article talking about how jcase also rooted the Oppo N1 with just a single APK. Be sure to check out other videos on on XDA Developer TV. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
Earlier today, we covered a relatively simple root method for the Oppo N1. Unfortunately, however, that root method wasn’t exactly ideal, as it used the kingoroot root method to do the heavy lifting. And in addition to the potential hazards of that approach, it offered no real advantages over installing TWRP by Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and then flashing Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire‘s SuperSU.
Now, however, XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase presents a simple exploit-based root method based on research conducted by Saurik and Giantpune. The tool lets you achieve root on your N1 by simply installing and executing the provided APK. Once that is done, you wait one minute, install SuperSU from Google Play, and uninstall the APK using ADB (or a terminal emulator).
If simple root access is what you’re after and you don’t need to have the power and versatility of a custom recovery, jcase’s root exploit is your best bet for achieving root on the Oppo N1 simply and easily. Make your way over to the original thread to get started.
You really need to hold the Oppo N1 in your hands to fully understand the detail and design that Oppo crafted into this 5.9″ device. Aside from the sheer size, the device features a unique camera system, as well as a very healthy corporate policy on aftermarket development. While obtaining the device in many countries is still somewhat of a challenge, XDA Senior Member Harfainx shared simple and easy tool capable of rooting the N1. The process so simple that all you need to do is connect your device to your computer with USB Debugging enabled, and it’ll pretty much take care of the rest. The process is for Windows computers only, and requires ADB drivers to be installed, but other than that, there’s not much to it. Head over to the original thread, located within our newly created Oppo N1 Forum, to learn more. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out TWRP for the N1 courtesy of Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy!
Earlier today, we gave the Oppo N1 a place in our forum. That’s with good reason, as the company has continually demonstrated a rather healthy willingness to work with the aftermarket development community. This has lead to impressive early work by developers such as XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. And now, another piece of the puzzle has fallen into place.
Earlier today, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and Recognized Developer bigbiff released TWRP for the Oppo N1. The release for the N1 comes with all of the trademark, user-friendly features that you’ve come to expect from TWRP2 such as a completely touch-based menu interface, a fully skinnable GUI, and quite a healthy list of additional features.
Installation is incredibly simple if you’re already rooted. Simply download the GooManager app from the Play Store (or Direct APK Download) and install the recovery from there. Alternatively, you can manually download and flash the recovery image by visiting the TWRP website.
Great work, once again by TeamWin! Head over to the development thread to learn more and get the goods on your N1.
[Thanks to OEM Relations Manager jerdog for the tip!]
We added a couple of new forums today for a pair of very intriguing devices. First up is the Moto G. This recently released device doesn’t exactly have flagship aspirations. Its $179 off-contract asking price isn’t really targeting the midrange either. Rather, this is meant to be a phone for the masses. But unlike most other devices in its price range, the Moto G actually packs some relatively healthy specs. The device features a 4.5-inch 720p LCD panel. Powering the screen, we have a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, which is backed by a 2070 mAh battery. The device features 1 gig of RAM and either 8 or 16 gigs of internal storage. It lacks LTE and even DC-HSPA+, but it can reach a theoretical maximum of 21 Mbit with its single-channel HSPA radio. The device ships with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but will see an update to Android 4.4 KitKat. The Moto G is already available in Europe, and is expected to arrive stateside by the end of January.
Next up is the Oppo N1. This device is intriguing on many fronts. First of all, it’s huge. With a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS panel, the phone certainly stands out. It also has a rather unique camera module that rotates to allow for full quality selfies. The N1 packs relatively powerful internals thanks to its quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor. It also features 2 gigs of RAM and either 16 or 32 gigs of internal storage. The device ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. But much like the company’s previous efforts with the Find 5 and the R819, the N1 features tremendous development potential thanks to the company’s developer friendly attitude and early work by developers such as XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD.
Do either of these new devices tickle your fancy? Personally, I can’t think of a better budget option than the G, and anything from Oppo is automatically exciting. Head over to the newly created forums below to get started: