Oppo VP resigns, escalating rumors of a possible Oppo/CyanogenMod smartphone brand

Oppo VP resigns, escalating rumors of a possible Oppo/CyanogenMod smartphone brand

A rumor got jump-started during theweekend, claiming that Chinese Oppo may be planning a separate onlinesmartphone company that will combine the premium manufacturer's buildquality with the famed CyanogenMod custom ROM. According to cnBeta,Oppo's deputy general manager is interested in starting a new brand,though things didn't really blow up until it became known that Oppo's VP, Pete Lau, has resigned his post earlier today.



Obviously,it's entirely possible that we're all reading too much into it,especially considering howhard it is to make a dime off smartphone sales lately. On theother hand, companies like Xiaomihave managed to make it big by going for anonline model, whereby they forgo the questionable benefits ofbrick & mortar locations in favor of online sales. This model hasworked a miracle for Beijing-based Xiaomi, and perhaps Oppo is hopingfor the same.



It'sinteresting to note that Lau has since commented on Chinese Weibothat they're working on something that “may change the world ofAndroid”, not to mention that there's apparently a “perfectAndroid flagship device” already in the works. That one is rumoredto sport the upcoming 2.5GHz MSM8974AC version of Snapdragon 800 –the most powerful yet.



Aswe go forward, it'll be interesting to see just how the new brandwill be structured and whether it'll be tethered to Oppo from thevery beginning. Turning to the rumor mill once again, cnBetareports that the new entity will be actually started from scratch and featureits own designs, hardware, brand and sales channels, though thisremains unconfirmed (and a tad unlikely?). If anything it's quite unlikely that CyanogenMod will call it quits on Oppo quite so fast, seeing as themanufacturer has been prettyinvolved with thesoftware company.


source: cnBeta, Engadget, Weibo

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6 Comments

1. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

This would be great if true. But please, add some diversity to the market and use the Tegra 4 or Atom. The Snapdragon 800 is great.....but there are other chips out there

3. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

The Tegra SoC along with its sources and blobs are closed sourced and all the proprietary stuff isn't accessible to all. Reason for which Tegra never really took off in the community. A truly 'open' device won't ever emerge unless Nvidia drops the insane licensing prices and opens the platform. On the other hand Intel Atom SoCs won't really offer any kind of advantage to the user, in fact it's quite the opposite since most Android apps are made using the NDK so they are architecture-dependant. And let's not forget that x86 SoCs only make up a very tiny portion of the SoC share so using x86 instead of ARM wouldn't really make sense.

5. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

What you said made no sense lol. Every SoC is "closed sourced"

6. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Not true, all vendors must make their kernel sources available available as per GPL requirement (proprietary blobs are excluded). Naturally Qualcomm msm chips are the most open SoCs out there since their kernel sources and blobs are complete and made available on CodeAurora and AOSP repository EVEN if the sources are proprietary. The same can't be said for Exynos, Samsung's insignal repo is largely outdated and incomplete, lacking several core components for AOSP development. Nvidia didn't even open their binaries nor do they even maintain an official git repo with updated code with so development of whatever custom rom is hampered. Please go and educate yourself before sprouting crap.

2. mholeydroid

Posts: 13; Member since: May 02, 2012

isn't it a little faster 800?

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I kinda like the Oppo name, it's catchy, CyanogenModPhone would sound a lot worse They are on the right track, the N1 is a pretty exciting device and other Oppos sold pretty good in Asia, so they are definitely profitable. The hard part is doing a breakthrough abroad, Lenovo makes some of the best laptops and exactly no one buys their phones in the West. Xiaomi is definitely the model to follow, it already has a cult-like following in Europe, hundreds of thousands get it over the grey market, and if they open an EU HQ, it will sell like hotcakes.

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