CyanogenMod, an open source replacement firmware for smartphones and tablets based on the Android operating system, will launch in-depth cooperation with Chinese phone maker OPPO to develop customized operating system for the latter, according to Chen Mingyong, CEO of OPPO (report in Chinese).

Steve Kondik, founder of CyanogenMod, recently took part in the launch of OPPO N1, a new flagship product of OPPO. Chen said at the event that some well-known ROMs are developed based on products of CyanogenMod, which is widely acknowledged by users worldwide.

Started as a third-party ROM developer group, CyanogenMod has established a company, planning to cooperate with several hardware firms to develop custom ROM package. CyanogenMod still provides free services of ROM download and installation and no advertisements were embedded in the packages. Developing tailored ROM for hardware manufacturers may become one of its business models in the future. In addition to OPPO, the firm also stroke cooperation agreement with HTC.

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