As my first week with the OnePlus One continues, I’m getting to know its OS. I’m already very familiar with CyanogenMod—it was the first ROM I put on my Nexus One back in the day, and CM11 M8 is running on my Nexus 5 right now. But CyanogenMod on the OnePlus One is a bit of a different beast; version 11s is only available for this device.
Let’s have a look!
Here’s the OPO’s default home screen. Cyanogen calls it Trebuchet; it looks and acts a lot like the Google Now Launcher, with some notable exceptions: Google Now itself does not live one screen to the left of home and, perhaps more importantly, Trebuchet lets you remove that persistent search bar across the top of your screens.
That clock/weather widget comes bundled with CM as something called “cLock”; it’s also available for purchase in the Play Store as Chronus. More on those custom icons in a bit…
I’m digging the clean look of this lock screen. You can also add widgets here if you like, but you can’t change the background colour of that big, blue block—at least not in this current version of CM.
I switched from using the OPO’s capactive buttons to the on-screen ones for two reasons: (1) to access Google Now via the slide-up navigation ring, and (2) to add these very handy custom shortcuts.
Another OPO customization is this ribbon of quick settings across the top of the notification bar, a feature lifted from AOKP. Gotta give credit where it’s due!
If you’ve never had the pleasure of using a custom Android ROM, these quick settings tiles are fully customizable. Take that, stock Android!
Here’s a feature that has made MIUI very popular in Asia and beyond: a storefront for custom themes. Lots of Android launchers have theme support—that is, support for custom wallpapers and app icons—but the themes here jave custom boot animations as well—just like MIUI!
As I mostly listen to podcasts I’ll plead ignorance on this particular feature, but audiophiles will no doubt appreciate CM’s new AudioFX app.
Finally, my favourite feature of CyanogenMod. I’ve written about Privacy Guard before; in the months since the Cyanogen team has re-jiggered it so it works almost exactly the same as the old LBE Privacy Guard bundled with MIUI. Turn this feature on and be amazed at what some app developers try to harvest from your device!
So that’s CyanogenMod on the OnePlus One… Tune in tomorrow for some pro tips on really making this device your own. 😎