When the Wileyfox Storm was announced, alongside its little brother Swift, the Android community was instantly intrigued. The British startup has partnered with Qualcomm and CyanogenMod, one of the world’s most popular Android forks, to create an Android phone that has that much needed unique element.
Cyanogen’s big selling points are its customisation and security. To get the Storm’s range of themes and security features you’d usually have to root your phone and flash a custom ROM yourself or download a ton of apps. However, by making Cyanogen the stock OS, Wileyfox has brought that level of customisation to the masses and given its users the chance to create a truly original phone.
Cyanogen has an enormous, ever-growing stock of wallpapers and themes for you to choose from. Not only that, but you can mix and match using a particular font with a different wallpaper and app icons. Customisation on this scale is out of the reach of most users so Wileyfox really has carved a niche for people wanting a personal experience.
From a security point of view, Cyanogen again comes up trumps. It has Privacy Guard pre-installed, where it denies certain apps access to sensitive data on your phone, and Caller ID, so you know who is calling you even if you haven’t got their number saved in your phone.
The speed with which Cyanogen is able to roll out updates, bug fixes and general improvements is impressive. While Android users have to wait months for incremental changes to their software, Cyanogen’s open-source nature means that updates can occur on a weekly basis, so you will always have the most up to date phone possible.
Find out more about what we thought of the Wileyfox Storm in our review in issue 58 of Android Magazine, available for instant download now.