I kid, of course, about Google’s hand being forced. They’ve never been too strict about locking down their stuff, so when the Cyanogenmod team sought out Google’s blessing to be able to sell a phone with their application pre-installed, Google said yes.
The phone isn’t new. It’s just the Oppo N1, a high-end Chinese-made phone, and while it isn’t a terrible phone, it’s cheaper (and probably preferable) to just pick up a phone you actually want and install Cyanogenmod yourself. Regardless, the fact that Google approved this is pretty awesome.
If you are interested in the Oppo N1 with Cyanogenmod, it goes on sale December 24.