Cyanogen 13.1 update is now rolling out to the OnePlus One users which brings the “Mod” feature that was introduced in February by Cyanogen. The Mod feature allows the manufacturer to tweak parts of the Android system to provide enhanced functionality for the users.
The new Cyanogen 13.1 update brings various mods to the device which include few Microsoft services such as Skype with Phone app, Cortana for assistance and OneNote within Email and phone applications.
Users can now view the trending tweets right on the lock screen of OnePlus One by waking the device up and then swipe to the left to find an immersive full screen twitter experience. And there is no need to even open the twitter app or unlock the device.
The lock screen mods can be enabled by simply going to settings, tapping on Lock screen and then enabling Lock screen Mods and then enabling the mod of your choice.
Skype mod allows the users to switch to Skype call right from the phone app. All of your Skype contacts and call history are right in the dialer. Additionally, if you start with a Skype voice call, you can upgrade to a video call anytime with the tap of a button.
- Skype contacts are clearly marked and searchable in your Phone contacts
- You can buy Skype Credit right from the dialer (Skype has low calling rates to mobiles and landlines)
- Make Skype to Skype calls for free (data rates may apply)
- Make all your calls from one place with a consistent Phone experience
Cortana mod now allows users to take selfies with voice commands giving a automatic countdown before capturing.Cortana has also been extended to the lock screen where the users can swipe to the left and use voice to search, set reminders and more. As of now Cortana is available only in the US and so users from other parts of the world need to wait for some more time.
OneNote is another Microsoft feature which now allows the users to take down notes or save emails right from within phone app or the email app. The user can take down phone number or address when in a call from the phone app and save it for future reference.
The last mod is related to the camera app where Microsoft Hyperlapse mod helps the user to take a smooth time-lapse video. After the video is shot, you can set the speed and hyperlapse handles the rest. The mod can also be used to modify the existing videos from the Gallery.
We can expect more number of these mods rolling out from Cyanogen who is continuously taking input and feedback from the users.