OnePlus X users can skip the Android Marshmallow 6.0 queue and head straight for the CyanogenMod 13 Nightly Builds that are now available for the smartphone.
The handset may not be top of the line among its competitors, but the availability of the CyanogenMod functionality certainly gives it a much-needed edge over the others.
Official CyanogenMod 13 nightlies have finally gone live for onyx, which gives the flash-happy OnePlus X users the option to avail of the Marshmallow advantage without having to actually wait for the official rollout.
The smaller OnePlus handset originally comes with the OxygenOS, but users preferring the community-built ROM can now go for the nightly build CM13, which definitely has its advantages like speed of updates. OnePlus' OxygenOS still sees no final upgrade to the Marshmallow code, except for a beta version that has been rolled out for OnePlus 2.
However, one glitch in the system can come in the form of bugs and kinks that need to be smoothened out at the initial phase (which may last a couple of months) before the CM13 nightlies become compatible with the device. This is because this build is not endorsed by OnePlus, which basically means it does not get any support from the company. But the bugs that come with the build are the ones usually associated with builds of nightly nature. Moreover, since the OnePlus devices are mostly easy to unlock and root, you shouldn't face many hurdles in terms of kinks.
CyanogenMod, a part of the Android Open Source Project, comes with added contributions from within the Android community. The build can work without having to install any Google applications. It also includes certain hardware-specific codes that are now being open-sourced anyway.
CyanogenMod 13 nightlies can be downloaded from the CyanogenMod website. If you have already downloaded the build for your OnePlus X handset, do drop by our comments section and let us know your experience.