Cyanogen CEO calls out Samsung on OS design

cyanogen_logoYU Digital, the baby of Micromax’s, launched a mid-range device that’s being advertised as the Zeus of phones. The phone sports a 5.5-inch 720p display, a 64-bit Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, a 5 MP front facing camera in tandem with a 13 MP rear shooter. It will also pack dual-sim slots, 4G LTE, and a 2,500 mAh battery. Oh and it will feature Cyanogen‘s OS 11.

During a Q&A session following the announcement, Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster spent some time toting the phone, the OS, and calling out other OEMs.


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Micromax launches Yureka smartphone with Cyanogen OS 11 in India

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Dubbed as the “Zeus of phones“, Indian OEM Micromax has just announced the Yureka handset in the country. This is officially the first Cyanogen OS running smartphone in India ever since Micromax struck an exclusive deal with Cyanogen for the use of its custom ROM. This whole ordeal has even led to the ban of the OnePlus One in India as it also runs Cyanogen OS by default.
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Cyanogen: All OnePlus One devices will receive OTA firmware updates, including India

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A couple of days ago, OnePlus took to their blog to announce that One devices in India would not receive support from Cyanogen due to a deal between Micromax and Cyanogen.

Today Cyanogen published their own blog post in order to clarify misinformation. They pledged that all OnePlus One devices will receive OTA firmware updates. When they say “all” they mean “all.” If you haven’t figured it out yet, this means India devices too.

So this is obviously good news for OnePlus owners in India. Are you rocking a OnePlus One? How do you like it?

source: Cyanogen

Cyanogen announces Themes, turning customization into personalization

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The software experience provided by Cyanogen is about to become much more tailored to each and every user. The company is well-known for its deep customization capability, but the new Themes app takes things further. Themes for Cyanogen OS devices gives control to what the user experience is like. It is effectively a way to fully personalize a device. What kind of things can be personalized? Everything from the font to status bar and more.

Stay tuned for when the Themes app is available. As for pricing, Cyanogen has yet to say if all themes will be free or premium options carry a price tag.


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Cyanogen declines Google’s interest in acquisition, will seek additional funding

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Google wants Cyanogen. So does everyone else, but no one will be purchasing the software developer for the foreseeable future. Rather than being acquired by the very interested Sundar Pichai at Google (or any other company), Cyanogenmod is focused on keeping its software open.

Shareholders are being told that Cyanogen is going to seek a $1 billion valuation in its next round of funding. It is a bit surprising to see a massive valuation like that when just $30 million was brought in last year.

On the heels of being a software partner for OnePlus, Cyanogen is reportedly going to provide software for Micromax devices. Another partnership is sure to help Cyanogen’s position as a viable operating system.

Source: The Information
Via: Engadget

Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo all express interest in Cyanogen

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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.


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Cyanogen poaches executives from Electronic Arts, Facebook

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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.

Source: Re/Code

OnePlus nixes sexist contest the same day it launches

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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.
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OnePlus could be dropping CyanogenMod for Home-grown ROM

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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.


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