OnePlus One devices running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with CyanogenMod 13 UI on top of it have just received a new update. Cyanogen 13.1 is mod ready, meaning that the manufacturer is allowed to modify applications and parts of the Android-based platform the way it wants. The “mods” were revealed by Cyanogen, Inc. in February and since the company has a beautiful “friendship” with Microsoft, most of the available MODs belong to Microsoft.
First of all, if you decide the buy the first generation OnePlus One flagship, you should know a few things about it. The device was released in June 2014 with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, it’s a phablet with a 5.5-inch LTPS IPS LCD screen that supports a Full HD resolution and it’s powered by a Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 processor backed by 3GB of RAM. You will take selfies with the 5MP front camera, or normal photos with the 13MP rear camera.
Thanks to the new Cyanogen OS 13.1, users in the US will take hands-free selfies by giving voice commands to Cortana, and the Hyperlapse technology will allow them to capture stable time-lapse videos. In addition, with Cortana, users will set reminders and access their scheduled events without needing to unlock the device. And if they use Skype to make calls, instead of opening the application, they will make calls directly from Phone app. Also, in order to take OneNote notes, they will use the Email and Phone applications.
There is also a non-Microsoft mod which shows trending tweets on the lock screen, on the left panel. However, Cortana and Twitter MODs can’t be used simultaneously, so users will need to choose which MODs they want to use. OnePlus One owners will receive the Cyanogen OS 13.1 in phases, so they need to be patient and wait until the update will be available to download.