Although, OnePlus' relationship with Cyanogen has been somewhat unstable, that hasn't gotten in the way of OnePlus handsets getting the latest versions of Cyanogen OS. Cyanogen Inc had back in April rolled out Cyanogen OS 13 to the OnePlus One, upgrading it with an Android 6.0 code base. Once again, the company is pushing out a firmware update to the OnePlus One, this time a Cyanogen OS 13.1 version, that also happens to be MOD Ready.
MOD Ready basically means that manufacturers are able to create Cyanogen OS "modules" to distinguish their smartphones in. Providing access to Cyanogen OS as well as all its unique additions, enhancements and benefits, is way better than simply offering stock Android.
Cyanogen refers to this as the "post-app era" since OEMs are now able to include their own unique functionalities as opposed to simply adding tweaks to the launcher and incorporating a few apps. The idea is that even though third party apps are built based on Android, MODs allow device creators to go even further into Cyanogen OS and include additional functionality on the OS level. However similar to apps, users have the final say on which mods to install on their handsets.
With this in mind, OnePlus One is now receiving the Cyanogen OS 13.1 from Cyanogen, which bundles a number of essential MODs such as a feature that allows users to see trending Tweets directly from a lock screen, ability to initiate Skype calls right from the phone dialer instead of having to use to a different app, make use of Cortana right within the camera app to capture photos, OneNote accessibility within the email as well as the phone app and ability to use Microsoft's Hyperlapse technology on videos. Something worth mentioning is the fact that besides Twitter, the rest of the MODs are from Microsoft.
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