Despite boasting that they would have zero dependency on Google’s services in 2-3 years and forming some pretty interesting partnerships with smartphone makers, unfortunately last week the folks at Cyanogen Inc. announced that they would be shutting their services down and halting support for nightlies.
After a lot of talk about wanting to take Android away from Google, it seems rather ironic that Cyanogen will be the first one to go. In an announcement on the Cyanogen Inc.’s website, it seems that the company will be shutting down its services for good by the end of 2016, the 31st of December.
A couple of months ago, it was reported that Cyanogen Inc. was undergoing layoffs and that they would be focusing their efforts on apps instead of development on CyanogenMod/Cyanogen OS. The company’s co-founder Steve Kondik quickly refuted those claims, saying that CyanogenMod will not be going anywhere.
The other day it was reported that according to the rumors, Cyanogen Inc. was undergoing some massive layoffs. It should be noted that Cyanogen Inc. and the work it does for OEMs is separate from CyanogenMod which is largely supported by the Android community, but it seems that there might have been some confusion over the differences of both companies.
Way back in the day, CyanogenMod was (and probably still is) one of the most prominent Android ROMs available, especially back when OEMs used to love applying heavy themes and skins to their phones, and CyanogenMod represented a cleaner and faster user interface. It went on to do so well that a company, Cyanogen Inc. was formed.
Back in the day CyanogenMod was a single entity with the goal of releasing custom ROMs for Android devices. However as expected, the group evolved to Cyanogen Inc. which releases platforms for OEMs, while CyanogenMod still remains a community-driven project. That being said, the folks at Cyanogen have announced a new platform called MOD.
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We know that there might be some confusion between the different versions of Cyanogen. We have Cyanogen OS and we have Cyanogenmod. For those who are confused, the former is basically the commercial version that is shipped out users and comes preinstalled on handsets, like it was with the OnePlus One.Cyanogenmod on the other hand is the version that is made available to everyone else who is looking for a […]
The folks at Cyanogen Inc. have been actively trying to replace Google’s apps and services on its platform with alternatives. We’ve already seen them replace the default mail client, default calendar, and recently it was revealed that they were planning on teaming up with Microsoft to deeply integrate Cortana, ultimately replacing Google Now as the default voice assistant.In an interview with the International Business Times, Cyanogen’s CEO Kirt McMaster revealed […]
In China there is OnePlus. The company is relatively new but they have been making waves, thanks to its initial efforts of the OnePlus One that came with Cyanogen OS preinstalled. While the partnership has since ended, the company still has a lot of popularity as evidenced with the number of people signing up for the OnePlus 2.That being said, over in the UK a new company by the name […]
The folks at Cyanogen have come a long way from being a mere Android ROM. These days the company has started to partner up with various OEMs to preload Cyanogen OS on their devices, as we have seen in the past with OnePlus and Yu in India. Recently the company has announced a new partnership with ZUK.For those unfamiliar with ZUK, they are a company that makes smartphones and have […]
It is no secret that despite being built on Android, Cyanogen wants to take Google out of the equation. Will that be possible? We reckon that will be a rather daunting task but it seems that the company is not fazed by it. In fact according to a recent post by Cyanogen on Instagram, it has been revealed that they have over 50 million users at the moment.So much so […]
It is no secret that the folks at Cyanogen Inc. want to distance themselves from Google as much as possible, despite the irony that its Cyanogen OS is based on Google’s Android operating system. In their latest move to “take Android away” from Google, the company has announced that they will be replacing the default calendar app in Cyanogen OS.As it stands, the default app is Google’s calendar app which […]
Cyanogen is looking to continue developing a substitute for Android, and it has taken the step of hiring not one, but another two senior engineers to help them out in this particular effort. One of the engineers would hail from Amazon, while the other is from Qualcomm. The first would be the former Amazon VP Stephen Lawler, who has also racked up 15 years at Microsoft, and will now wear […]