CyanogenMod has announced in a blog post that its custom ROM for Android is now available to Android One users. Android One is Google’s initiative to bring low-cost devices to emerging markets, unveiled at I/O 2014. There are currently three Android One devices available, all of which are now supported by CyanogenMod 11.
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Users of those Android One devices can now download CyanogenMod 11 for their phone. CyanogenMod 11 is based on Android 4.4 KitKat, although the developers say CM 12 support, based on Lollipop, is in the works for Android One devices.
CyanogenMod explains that this news is huge for a handful of reasons. First off, Android One devices mark the first Mediatek powered phones with which CyanogenMod is compatible. The developers explain that Mediatek devices have been notoriously difficult to work with in the past.
This release represents a few firsts for us. Not only are these the first Android One devices and first official release of CM for these devices, the Android One device is the first ever officially supported Mediatek device. Mediatek (MTK) devices have been notoriously difficult for the developer community to complete fully functional bring-ups, and this marks a milestone in that effort.
CyanogenMod says new builds for Android One phones, referred to as ‘sprout devices,’ will be available every Sunday. The builds are unified to be compatible with all three Android One devices.