Some of the biggest technology companies in the world are all taking a look at Android software developer Cyanogen. They are the developer of the very popular custom CyanogenMod ROM. The community for CyanogenMod has been so strong that is has been questioned whether or not it is actually in contention to be the world’s third most popular mobile operating system. It is being reported by The Information that Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo have all been keeping an eye on Cyanogen with an acquisition or at least a partnership in mind.
Cyanogen has added two key executives to its ranks — Vivian Lee is a senior director of mobile product marketing at Electronics Arts. She will now serve as VP of marketing at Cyanogen. Sid Murlidhar, hired away from Facebook, will be heading third-party integrations into Cyanogen’s platform.
Murlidhar is best known for developing the Facebook Zero program as well as Facebook Home. Now, he’ll work to incorporate other software into the Cyanogen OS.
It’ll be interesting to see how these changes affect the company, but it’s interesting to note the hire of a female into company leadership shortly after Cyanogen’s partner, OnePlus, ran a contest that was deemed to be sexist by many.
Ladies, how would you feel if a company asked you to photograph yourself with its logo on a piece of paper? Perfectly fine, likely. But what if that company also offered an option to do the same, but the logo had to be on some part of your body? Yeah, not great. Though, if you were the most well-liked, you would get the opportunity to purchase a device! Just the opportunity! That is exactly what OnePlus asked women to do earlier today when it launched the Ladies First contest.
The OnePlus One has been a huge hit amongst Android fans since it was launched in May. With powerful specs, a manageable price, and the CyanogenMod ROM, it caters to every request the average Android user has. However, recently OnePlus has come up with some changes to this smash-hit formula: it will be replacing Cyanogen with it’s own ROM.
While the details are fuzzy, it seems that OnePlus is planning to cut ties with CyanogenMod in the future in favor of their own Chinese-oriented software. While most of OnePlus’ subscribers in America and Europe have an appreciation of CM, their Chinese-based fans will no doubt enjoy a ROM targeted more towards their tastes.
Now that the Android L Developer Preview has hit AOSP, a lot of people are thinking ROMs. If you’re thinking that CyanogenMod 12 will be out soon, think again. The “L” is for “Later” as they see it, and I agree 100%. It’s a wonderful thing that Google released a preview version of L for us to play with and for developers to get accustomed to, but it makes no sense for a team like Cyanogen to spend much time with something that is full of bugs.
So expect CM 11 M8 (Android 4.4.4) to be released right after the 4th of July weekend, and their main focus will continue to be CM11 until Android L becomes a final release.
In response to some leaked press renders of the upcoming OnePlus One smartphone, Carl Pei took to the company’s official forums to share some official pre-production images of the user interface. Named CyanogenMod 11S, the OnePlus One will be running a customized version of Cyanogen’s latest operating system.
Cyanogen Inc., the company formed to oversee the continued development of CyanogenMod, announced new branding today. While they promise the character of Cid will continue to be used, especially in reference to the community of CyanogenMod supporters, a new logo was revealed in the announcement. Cyanogen says the new logo is meant to invoke the idea of “tools and building” as the project is intended to help users create a smartphone experience that is unique to them.
Whether or not CyanogenMod is your favorite ROM, it is by far and away the most popular Android ROM. With a new company and funding, Cyanogen has big plans to bring ROMing to the mainstream. In order to do that, they need to secure some of the best talent in the ROM community. If you can grab someone from one of your best competitors, that never hurts.
That is exactly what Cyanogen just did. They grabbed Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) founder, Roman Birg. AOKP might not be as popular as CyanogenMod, but they built up a pretty loyal following over the last couple of years. Congratulations Roman, I am sure you will be a great addition to the Cyanogen team.
Cyanogen’s future is looking pretty good at the moment. It was three months ago when the company formed with $7 million in funding, but it wasn’t nearly enough for their plans. They just secured another $23 million from Andreessen Horowitz, which could help them bring CyanogenMod to TVs, wearables, and cars.
However, there is still a lot of work regarding mobile phones and tablets. Their ultimate goal is to give mainstream consumers the power and freedom to customize their device easily. This will most likely happen in late 2014 or early 2015.
A couple days ago CM11 M1 was released to most Nexus devices, but we didn’t see nightly releases enabled for others. Well CyanogenMod has now enabled nightly releases of CM11 for every device that supports it!
Android 4.4.1 has also been merged into the code stream of CyanogenMod 11, so CM updates are up to date. Device maintainers for CM will perform these updates for their respective devices. You can find a full list of devices supported by hitting the source link.