Early Lollipop Builds for the OnePlus One and HTC Desire 816

Early Lollipop Builds for the OnePlus One and HTC Desire 816

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Just yesterday, after quite a long wait, we finally had the pleasure of seeing the Lollipop factory images appear for some Nexus devices. These devices are popular with Android enthusiasts, but make up only a small percentage of phones and tablets released by the various OEMs. While some phones will get official ports of Android 5.0, others will have to rely on custom ROM development.

The Google Nexus 6 is rather expensive piece of hardware, so many of you set your eyes on alternatives like the OnePlus One or HTC Desire 816. If you own one of these, we have some great news for you.

Thanks to XDA Senior Member Nburnes and the CyanogenMod team, OnePlus One users have a chance to test a fairly functional build of CyanogenMod 12. Keep in mind that CM is still in pre-alpha state, so it’s far from stable. The OPO port has a few issues involving Bluetooth, NFC and some other minor aspects, but is pretty stable for an initial release.

The HTC Desire 816 also received a port of CM12 thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Grarak and XDA Senior Member v_superuser. This ROM is still at a very early development stage, so there are only a few things that actually work. We hope that it’s only a matter of time to see the issuesfixed.

If you can’t wait for official updates to come, head over to the OnePlus One Android L discussion thread or the HTC Desire 816 Lollipop development thread.