OnePlus One

New features will make their way to other CM phones and the open-source project once work is complete

CyanogenMod and OnePlus took the stage today at an event in San Francisco to announce that the OnePlus One (be sure to check out our initial thoughts and gallery) will be the launch device for the latest version of CyanogenMod, dubbed "CM 11S." A slight departure from the quick iteration of CyanogenMod releases in the past, CM 11S is a brand new release that's being timed to head out on the OnePlus One hardware, showing off the latest CM has to offer. CM 11S isn't a radical departure in terms of design, but there's a lot going on here under the hood.

The three main pillars that users can see with the release of CM 11S are a redesigned camera app, a new theme engine and the release of the new Gallery app from beta to a complete version. Under the hood, five months of design work alone went into completely rewriting CyanogenMod's theme engine to make it easier for users and designers alike to make their phone completely unique.

This is still CyanogenMod through and through — let's take a look at a few of the details.

OnePlus One camera UI

The new camera interface in CM 11S is the first great example of the extra design time and attention that has been spent on the latest release of CyanogenMod. The interface no longer looks like something that was potentially tacked together from other pieces, and instead looks like it was designed with usability and functionality in mind. The camera steps away from radial menus entirely, surfacing manual controls and settings to easily switch around. You can easily move between different live camera effects by swiping up and down on the viewfinder, and can even customize which effects are available to cycle through.

After taking pictures you'll be shuttled off into the new Gallery experience, which has changed (but not radically so) since it entered beta a year ago. The final stable release coming in CM 11S has a basic color palette and uses transparency to integrate different colors throughout. Making use of and a relative lack of interface chrome, it puts your photos front and center. The Gallery app automatically groups photos by location and time into albums that show events all together, and integration with social media accounts and dropbox make sure sharing is a breeze.

The changes to the new theme engine are far more than skin deep, although the interface for changing and managing themes has definitely changed. Several months of work from some very talented developers and designers went into a complete reworking of the theme engine, and the end result is a svelte customization suite that makes it easier than ever to change the look and feel of your CM device. Third-party developers and enthusiasts alike can get in on the theme action with an easy-to-use system, and end-users can selectively choose what parts of each theme they want to apply.

OnePlus One theme engine

These big changes and another handful of small tweaks are making their way into CM 11S to launch on the OnePlus One, but that doesn't mean the software won't also make its way to other devices and the open source project as well. After the OnePlus One is completely tested and the final software is made, it will then move along to other CyanogenMod devices. For those who choose to go the custom ROM route, the open source CyanogenMod project will integrate whatever features are applicable to these other devices — the theme engine, for example, is already completely open sourced.

There are 26 comments

Ramone360 says:

Awesomeness can't wait to own one!

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dmaischolar says:

I wonder if all the other features like double tap the screen to unlock or draw apps to launch will be included

rampage1979 says:

I seen an early review and yes the gestures all work :-)

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BaMaDuDe87 says:

Is there a price guesstimate?

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lightyear420 says:

$300 for 16gb, $350 for 32gb


Correction: it's actually 64GB for 350 dollars.

lightyear420 says:

Yup, you're mistake! I'm so used to seeing 16/32 options I must have been typing in autopilot.

BaMaDuDe87 says:

Seriously? Wow 64 GBs onboard? Damn someone gets it?

This just might just be the final straw. Bye Verizon, Hello AT&T.

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Benny879 says:

I'm looking forward to putting CM 11S on my G2

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lightyear420 says:

The theme engine looks like HK theme manager xposed module, just re-themed for CM. The functionality is identical.

gtg465x says:

Are you high? I just looked up HK theme manager and it looks nothing like this. Theming individual apps seems to be a main focus of HK.

lightyear420 says:

Are you fucking blind??? Maybe you should use an app if you're going to make such a bold comment, rather than looking for some worthless screenshots. Yes, it focuses on theming apps, but its main focus is system theming.

Waterdroid says:

You sound like CM copied this from HK Theme Manager, but the latter is mostly an alternative to those who don't run CM (they even use CM themes :P)

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lightyear420 says:

It uses far more than just CM themes. It's not any sort of alternative. It's its own theme engine, created entirely independent of CM theme manager, EXCLUSIVELY for xposed users...actually, to be honest, CM themes were an afterthought, added in long after HK theme engine was out in the wild. If you're looking at xposed users as those who only use it in lieu of CM, you're dead wrong!! It's more of a way to make system-level changes to any rom without touching the rom itself in any way. I haven't used CM since ICS because it's lacking in every single way it used to be great. Now it's a bare-bones rom with little to no customization.

The way you talk about CM is as if it's the end all of all aosp roms...and it's wandered extremely far from that path in recent years. It's now considered mostly an alternative rom for devices with little to no aosp development after EOL or for n00bs who don't know any better.

Troffel says:

"for n00bs who don't know any better."

Maybe you should get off of that high horse of yours and calm the fuck down?

Who says "noobs" still?

angryGTS says:

Noobs still say "noobs"

David Horgan says:

Maybe they'll finally integrate photosphere.....

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Gary Graf says:

I'll take a oneplus one mini please

hmmm says:

I hope Cyanogen sticks to more aosp style. The more google mashes android into a "google experience" the more I am going to want an alternative that is as close to stock as possible. Google's own Nexus or "silver" devices are turning into full blown skins almost like touchwiz or sense.

Oh totally. The device that IS vanilla Android is too skinned.

*rolls eyes*

I don't quite understand how you expect a Google product to be without the Google experience.

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Did you seriously roll your eyes at your screen?

Quasar says:

I hope they get the stable version of CM 11 out to other phones soon now. I want to put it on my old GSM Galaxy Nexus. Since my sister is using it, I want to make sure it's a good experience and everything works properly, including tap and pay.

Call me ocd, but why isn't the camera icon a square like the rest of them?

Edin Abazi says:

If this means that there's going to be a Holo Light theme... YES!!!!!

Posted from my G2. Long live Android customization!

JaysUsername says:

Can anyone CONFIRM that we can have swipe left for Google now? This is a must for the GEL/GNL. Add it to this phone and we have a winner!