The Cyanogen team may be working on launching a mobile device that comes with the CyanogenMod ROM installed by default.
It looks like the folks over at Cyanogen Inc. are not content with just making a custom ROM, as rumors indicate that the Cyanogen team are looking to build their own smartphone that comes with the CyanogenMod by default.
An article on Phandroid mentions that the CyanogenMod phone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon “8974AC” mobile SoC that has a CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz. This could be a higher clocked version in the Snapdragon 800 series, as it follows a similar MSM8974xx naming convention. The MSM8974AB, which is seen in Xiaomi’s Mi3, has a CPU clocked at 2.4 GHz.
The Cyanogen team have collaborated with the likes of Oppo in launching a customised version of CyanogenMod for the N1, but this mystery device will be designed with CyanogenMod in mind.
However, for Cyanogen to make the device, it needs to find a hardware vendor. Earlier rumors indicated that Gionee is the likely choice, as it has been revealed that the Elife E7, the next device in the Elife series, will feature the Snapdragon 8974AC SoC. If this doesn’t turn out to be the case, then other alternatives include the likes of Oppo. Since Cyanogen has already worked with Oppo, it would make sense for it to work with the Chinese manufacturer again. In fact, Steve Kondik, the founder of CyanogenMod, has shared an image of himself and Koushik Dutta (VP of Engineering at Cyanogen Inc.) and Pete Lau (VP at Oppo) on Google+, and said that they were “discussing our vision for a device that would fuse truly amazing software with the highest quality hardware available.”
The CyanogenMod custom ROM is widely used thanks to its feature set and UI, which is close to what Google offers with stock Android. The Cyanogen community has been adding more and more features into the ROM, like Focal, User Accounts, device sync and additional themes. Considering the CyanogenMod user-base, it would makes sense for Cyanogen to build a device that is tailored for the ROM. Whether such a device is actually in the works is something we have to wait a while longer to find out.