So far several OEMs have surprised many by releasing Android Lollipop for their respective devices at a significantly faster rate than what we have come to expect. In particular Motorola released their build for the Moto X 2014 earlier than Google released the official build for the Nexus devices to the shock (and outrage) of many. LG, too, have surpassed expectations (albeit only in Poland as of yet) by releasing their build for the LG G3, which is particularly impressive given the fact that the device runs their Optimus UI on top of Lollipop.

Now, news which will be music to the ears of the 500,000 owners of the Oneplus One (myself included) of the first unofficial build of CM12 for the device has emerged. While this should not be considered stable by any means, and we do not recommend it to those who don’t 100% know what they are doing, it is always fantastic to see what a community of developers can do such a short time. It’s quick development and dedication like this that has made Custom ROMs so popular, and is one of the key arguments in the open source debate.

This video, credit for which goes towards Mark Sohan, demonstrates the build running quite smoothly which is a sign that it will hopefully not be too long before we see a (relatively) stable build emerge.

Currently there are multiple bugs, as to be expected, such as Bluetooth and NFC being inoperable (edit: in the latest build NFC has already been fixed! although Android Beam doesn’t work without Bluetooth), and there is the potential for many other instabilities. Also worth keeping in mind is that currently, while this is technically CM12, it doesn’t contain any of the expected Cyanogenmod features so is effectively Stock Android. Suffice to say this probably isn’t suitable as a daily driver, but if you want to try it, or even simply want to keep an eye on its development, here is the link to the XDA-developers page.


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