If you’ve felt that CyanogenMod catered a bit too much to the more popular devices found on this half of the world, this latest bit might sway you a bit. Nightly builds of CyanogenMod 11 have now been activated for a trio of high-profile Chinese devices, namely the OPPO Find 7a, the OnePlus One, and the older Xiaomi Mi-2.
Chinese branded devices, unless they are built to run CyanogenMod in the first place, like the rare OPPO N1, don’t usually get the attention of the more popular ROMs. Given that much of the work on these ROMs are done by volunteers, that’s not exactly surprising since these would need to have access to the device that they want to support, and in most cases, those would be models coming from Samsung, LG, HTC, and the like. Outside those mainstream brands, support has not exactly been swift, but now that changes at least for the more popular and more recent Chinese models.
The Xiaomi Mi-2, filed under the “aries” model name, might not actually be the latest, with the Mi3 having been launched last October. That said, better late than never, right? The OPPO Find 7a might be a bit more recent and is close to high-end smartphones in terms of specs. The CM team notes that it is theoretically possible to run the Find 7a image on the higher-end Find 7, but due to the lack of access to one such device, they cannot absolutely guarantee that.
The OnePlus One nightly build is actually also a notable one, in the sense that it might actually be a bit redundant. The smartphone already runs CyanogenMod 11S, a variant of CyanogenMod 11 with a few OnePlus add-ons. In essence, the two are one and the same. A vanilla CyanogenMod 11 nightly will definitely get you updates faster, but the CyanogenMod 11S might have added value and a guarantee of stability as a commercial product.