Cyanogen OS 13.1 Update Is Now Out With New MOD Features

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A recent Cyanogen Operating System (OS) update is out and it brings about an exciting recent feature, called Mods. But, before we dive into the story, one thing that always seems to come up has to be clarified - we are talking about Cyanogen OS, as found on some YU and ZUK devices, as well as the OnePlus One. CyanogenMod, while also making remarkable progress and already utilizing Android 6 Marshmallow in its stable builds, is a whole other Operating System (OS) that the update in question does not concern.

Now that that is out of the way, what are mods? Simply put, they are various third-party app features, baked correct into the Operating System (OS) itself, in appropriate location for easy and convenient access. The Cyanogen team describes it as the post-app era and we have to admit, some of the concepts do sound incredibly useful.

For instance, Twitter is integrated in the lock screen, but not in the conventional widacquire or notification sense. Swiping left once on the locked classy screen actually takes you to a full-featured Twitter interface you can use. This classy screen can also be used to issue voice commands to Cortana. In the recent update, the assistant has gotten smarter and can assist you capture the perfect selfie by simply saying - "hold a selfie".

Cyanogen Operating System (OS) 13.1

Skype has its own mod integration as well. It is baked into the Phone app in Cyanogen 13.1. It mixes your Skype contacts with the rest and allows you to simply place a voice or video call through the Microsoft app with a single click. Convenience extends even further as you can also utilize the Skype Out feature from the dialer and even buy credits, so you can have one consistent Phone experience.

Other recent additions include OneNote integration in the Phone and Email apps, so you can easily save texts and create notes for later. And last, but not least, the Camera app in Cyanogen Operating System (OS) 13.1 now has a Hyperlapse mode that was also developed using the Mods approach. This is probably what allows the same algorithm to also be used to hyperlapse existing videos as well.

Cyanogen Operating System (OS) 13.1

Currently, Cyanogen Operating System (OS) 13.1 seems to be out only for the OnePlus One, but if you are on one of the other devices officially supported by the OS, you should be eligible for the update soon as well.

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