In a 20-second long video promoting the Oppo N1 unveiling this Monday in Beijing, CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik seems to imply the event may also see the debut of a mobile OS based on his own software. Cyanogen this week announced plans to go corporate, with ambitions to eventually become the third most popular platform and one day even rival Android and iOS. In an official blog post, Kondik claimed the next step would be an app landing in the Google Play store in the next few weeks, but it looks like we may see the first Cyanogen smartphone as soon as Sept. 23.
The video itself doesn’t reveal much, simply showing Kondik wearing Google Glass as he announced he’ll be at the Oppo N1 unveiling before promising some “exciting news ahead.” It’s not a lot to go on, but we’re definitely a lot more excited about Oppo’s event next week than we were yesterday. The Chinese company hasn’t really made a name for itself in America, but a partnership with CyanogenMod could turn it into a formidable player overnight.
As for the Oppo N1, it’s expected to be real beast of a phone, with a massive 5.9-inch 1080p display, a 12-megapixel camera capable of taking DSLR-like photographs, and Android 4.2. An anonymous source sent us some teaser images earlier this month, though the photos don’t show the phone’s operating system beyond its camera app.